The LAF system is a lightweight cost and time saving alternative to creating and installing decorative architectural features with traditional stonework especially when specified for renovation projects where a commercial building may be reconfigured as apartments or as part of a scheme to improve the external appearance.
The LAF mouldings and functional details are created around a high density fire retardant expanded polystyrene (EPS) core onto which the natural sands are bonded; the use of flexible high performance resins creates a robust outer coating with a high level of resistance to impact and long lasting durability.
The nature of the manufacturing methods and flexibility of the EPS core material enables complete freedom of design with limitless scope for the creation of bespoke window and door surrounds, raised bands, string courses, quoins, corbels, cornices, cills, bands, keystones, pediments and other such features. Existing features can also be matched to ensure a newly built or renovated property is in keeping with those that surround it.
In comparison to similar systems it is the use of real sands to create the finished surface which sets the LAF system leagues apart from the rest, when installed the LAF system looks and feels like a traditional stone feature and other than the obvious difference in weight during installation aesthetically there is no difference.
A suitable render system is then selected from our range to encapsulate the LAF features and complete the overall exterior finish; for example if the property undergoing renovation is constructed from masonry such as brick work the Monocouche XF system would be installed to provide the enveloping decorative finish, for newly built timber or steel frame construction the MonoTherm TXF system would be required.
Health and safety and risk at site wise the LAF system can weigh 1/25 of the stone equivalent with all features being to be lifted comfortably by a single person and therefore the risks of long term lifting related issues or serious injury through dropping during installation, moving and storing at site are dramatically reduced.
The LAF system carries the most benefits when it is specified for use on medium to large scale renovation and remodelling projects or throughout an entire housing scheme. It is on this type and of scale of project that the cost savings of LAF over that of traditional stonework are significant (up to 50%) and the speed of installation can vastly reduce the timescales and build program bringing further saving. The LAF features can be manufactured and awaiting on time installation months before works at site commence.
LAF project, Reigate
The developer of this former brick built newspaper headquarters in central Reigate renovated the interior of the building creating a number of high spec luxury apartments. The stakeholders and architectural design team then wanted to achieve the same level of quality and opulence with the exterior of the building and began to consider the addition of decorative features such as string courses, stone cills and heads. The LAF system was specified as an alternative to traditional stonework and encapsulated with Monocouche XF Ivory saving many weeks from the build program and passing on a considerable saving to the client.
The combination of the LAF and Monocouche XF system has transformed the building in to what you see today and the results speak for themselves.
Monocouche Render Systems offer the LAF system as a turnkey supply and install service only, at this time we do not offer the system for sale to others.
If you would like to discuss the principles of the LAF system further and what is required to enable us to provide you with a turnkey supply and install quotation please call 0330 111 1467 or simply mail your enquiry to [email protected]