The FastFrame solution offers many benefits not found in other systems. These don’t just make installation quicker, they also result in a more reliable, cost-reduced facade support system.
The FastFrame component bracket also resolves issues with other current rail and bracket aluminium framing systems. The unique design of this three-part folded aluminium bracket features a base leg much thicker than the stalk leg. As the performance of the bracket is directly related to the thickness of its base leg, this ensures that FastFrame brackets can easily withstand the total stresses placed upon it by its own weight, the forces of the wind, and the weight of the facade.
Isolation of the bracket from the building substructure is essential, both for thermal and long-term reliability purposes. Without a form of inert material between the aluminium bracket and the building, corrosion will eventually occur, weakening the framing and shortening the life of the installation. This aspect is not to be underestimated as the failure of corroded brackets could result in a disastrous failure of the whole facade. By incorporating a tough integral PVC clip to secure the ‘L’ piece and the base plate together, this essential isolation barrier cannot be inadvertently omitted, and at the same time accelerates installation.
The design of the highly efficient FastFrame bracket also yields long term environmental benefits, contributing to meeting Building Regulation Part ‘L’ by limiting heat conduction away from the building and lowering heating costs. A further benefit of the stronger isolated bracket is that it enables wider spanning and, in many cases, a reduction in the number of brackets required to secure the facade. This brings significant savings in terms of materials and particularly in installation time.
FastFrame system components
Depending on the weight and dimensions of the cladding panels to be attached to the frame and the calculated wind loading, a combination of single and double brackets may be employed. Ten bracket sizes from 65mm to 240mm are available, covering cavities from 80mm to 280mm. The brackets are universal for both fixed point and floating-point rail support and all forms of brick, block work, concrete, masonry, timber and light steel frame (LSF). A bespoke design service is offered where the customer needs to dictate a non-standard bracket size.
Compatible with Rockwool Rockpanel, HPL, enamelled steel, fibre cement, ACM and other common cladding materials. FastFrame rails are also compatible with Sika Tack panel adhesive systems.
Any cladding system is only as good as the fastening system securing it to the building substrate. Plastestrip recommend and stock EJOT fastening systems of top-grade stainless steel for superior strength and endurance.
This low component count enables Plastestrip to hold extensive stocks, ensuring prompt delivery to site and eliminating costly delays while the installation team await materials.