Sintered compact surfaces – did you know?

by Tania Wannenburg
Sintered compact surfaces NEOLITH

How good is your knowledge about NEOLITH’s sintered compact surfaces?

Kerry-Lee Mannix, project manager at International Slab Sales, answers the top ten questions that architects and designers often ask about Neolith sintered compact surfaces.

1.    How is Neolith applied to walls?
One would use a 6mm gauge slab for wall cladding applications, since it is lightweight and easy to handle. When applying it to a two-storey building, for example, it can be chemically fixed, but going higher than that, a mechanical cladding system would be the way to go. Also, depending on the surface substrate, whether it is timber, drywall or brick, we recommend different adhesives suited to each one.

2.    Can any contractor install Neolith?
The installation of Neolith is very specific and the handling of the material is extremely important. We therefore have preferred installers for Neolith who have gone through quite intensive training to ensure flawless installations.

3.    Can Neolith be used outside?
Because of its technical properties, ultraviolet (UV) resistance and durability, Neolith can be used on both interior and exterior surfaces.

4.    Is Neolith easy to maintain?
Neolith is low maintenance and ideal for high-traffic, commercial areas. Because it is completely non-porous, it doesn’t have to be sealed and can be cleaned with almost any chemical, since nothing will absorb into and damage the product. However, certain chemicals are better suited to remove certain stains, so it is important to follow the cleaning guidelines.

5.    What sizes are available?
The large-format Neolith slabs are 3,2m by 1,5m and can be easily cut to any panel size to suit any design.

6.    How is its design flexibility?
Neolith slabs have a matt finish and come in a wide selection of earthy, industrial and metallic tones. It can also be waterjet-cut, in order to create patterns or cut-outs to create an effect from a design point of view.

7.    Is Neolith sustainable?
Neolith is 100% eco-friendly, made out of natural materials and using technologies that have the minimum possible impact on the environment. The end-product is also fully recyclable. It holds various Greenguard certifications and is an LEED points earner.

8.    What is the expected lifespan of Neolith panels?
Neolith is a long-term cladding solution and once installed, it can last forever. Unlike granite cladding, for example, Neolith doesn’t start looking tired after a while and doesn’t need cleaning. International Slab Sales also offers a ten-year product warranty on the material.

9.    What is Neolith’s track-record?
This forward-thinking material was developed in 2009 as an innovative response to the challenges facing modern professional designers and architects, and launched in South Africa in 2013. In Europe there are many buildings where Neolith is applied as exterior building cladding and in many retail space interiors.

Technical specification sheets are available on request as well as online.

071 672 6459
Website: www.neolith.co.za

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