The LAF system is a lightweight, cost and time-saving alternative to creating and installing decorative architectural features with traditional stonework. It is especially beneficial when specified for renovation projects, for example, reconfiguring a commercial or office building into apartments. It can also improve the external appearance of a building facade.
The LAF mouldings and functional details are created around a high density expanded polystyrene (EPS) core. A thin coat silicone render is then applied in a variety of depths of texture. The use of flexible, high-performance, base layers creates a robust outer coating. This results in a high level of resistance to impact and long lasting durability.
The manufacturing methods and flexibility of the EPS core material enables complete freedom of design. It offers limitless scope for the creation of bespoke window and door surrounds, raised bands, string courses, quoins, corbels, cornices, cills, keystones, pediments and other features. Existing features can also be matched, ensuring a newly built or renovated property is in keeping with those that surround it.
A suitable render system is then selected to encapsulate the LAF features and complete the overall exterior finish. If the property undergoing renovation is constructed from masonry, the Monocouche XF system would be installed. For newly built timber or steel frame construction, the flexible MonoTherm TXF system would be required.
The LAF system is a fraction of the weight of the stone equivalent with most features being able to be lifted comfortably by a single person, Therefore, the risks of long-term lifting related issues, serious injury or damage through dropping during installation, moving and storing at site are dramatically reduced.