Neolith® Strongfix System
Mixed hidden longitudinal fastening system
The Strongfi x system is a mixed hidden longitudinal fastening system (chemical and mechanical), which works by the compression exerted by the system on the back of the Neolith tile.
These tiles are industrially mechanized in a longitudinal profi le at the top and bottom of its backside with a double 45º groove in the shape of a dovetail where a couple of aluminum profi les are inserted and fi xed with a MS adhesive putty in order to secure the Neolith tile. These metal profi les make up the hanging mechanism of the tiles and result very benefi cial given that they are very easy to extract and replace.
The system is composed by aluminum vertical profi les, supporting retaining brackets.
Through the brackets it’s possible to install the aluminum “T” profi les totally fl atness, thus correcting possible wall deviations of the facade to be coated.
The panels are hand set to a horizontal supporting profi le with a mechanical longitudinal fi xation system composed by two aluminum profi les fi xation.
This aluminum set becomes indivisible given the mechanizing method of the tile and the fi xing of the profi les. This system eliminates the risk of Neolith slabs becoming detached from the structure in case of breakage. This is the reason why this system is considered the safest in the market.
Furthermore, the way in which the Neolith slabs are hung on the horizontal structure provides for perfect fl atness and aesthetic fi nish.
The Strongfi x system also allows for easy extraction and replacement when needed.
Minimum Joint Requirements – 1/8″
Standard Air Flow Gap between back of panel and exterior insulation – Standard Air Gap 4”
Maximum Wind Load vs Panel size vs Support spacing – ind Load 3650Pa vs 125”x60” vs Vertical Supp. 30”
- Thermal Insulation
- Vertical Aluminum “T 100x50x2″
- Aluminum fi xing profile
- Aluminum fi xing profile
- Horizontal Strongfi x profile
- ESC Aluminum 100x65x60x3
- Neolith® Slab
Strongfix System Installation Steps
Façade staking: aluminum vertical profiles arrangement and staking, which can be installed completely independent to the vertical joints.
Vertical profiles installation: the vertical structure is anchored to the wall using retenciton and supporting brackets and anchors.
Horizontal profiles installation: it is needed to be determined the horizontal profiles position, in response to horizontal cutting façade scheme. This structure is anchored to the vertical structure by 5,5 x 19 cm drilling screws.
Neolith® cladding installation: it is needed to start by the bottom of the façade. It is a façade system very fast to install which allows to replace the slim tiles if it is required.
NEOLITH®’s Strongfix System Receives ICC Certification
Neolith®, has received certification from ICC Evaluation Service LLC (ICC-ES) that its patented StrongFix System for ventilated façades complies with the provisions of the 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2009 International Building Codes® (IBC) and International Residential Codes® (IRC).
The recognition represents a significant validation of Neolith® as a safe, robust, sustainable and easy to specify solution for exterior cladding applications in North America.
To achieve certification from ICC-ES, Neolith®’s surfaces had to undergo a number of structural regulatory tests. These measured important characteristics such as non-combustibility, wind and water resistance, fastening integrity and resistance performance of the StrongFix system.
Over the last decade, Neolith® has become an increasingly popular choice for ventilated façade projects due to its low maintenance, anti-reactivity, inherent strength and relative light weight when compared to other cladding systems.
Commenting on the news, Neolith® Marketing Director Mar Esteve Cortes says: “This accreditation represents a landmark for Neolith as a tested and trusted brand of façade solutions. It vindicates our proprietary StrongFix system as a hard-wearing and safe method for cladding applications. Our hope is that this confirmation will encourage more architects, technicians, specifiers and contractors to consider Neolith for their next build.”
To read the full ICC-ES report click here.