Max4 reinforcing sheets provide a great solution for leveling uneven existing floors with the introduction of reinforced ultra thin light weight liquid screed floors in projects where weights and height restrictions are an issue.

The Max4 reinforcing sheets are manufactured from 2 sheets of special profiles steel and designed for use on existing timber or concrete floors where an extremely thin liquid screed solution is required.

The system is extremely easy to install and the twin profile sheets allow for underfloor heating pipes to be threaded through to create a very thin underfloor heating system. By using a very high specification 5 layer oxygen barrier it ensures that the system is in accordance with DIN4726. The heating pipes are connected to a standard underfloor heating system using 2 and 4 port manifolds. With the shallow depth it ensures a rapid heat up and optimal heat spread.

By having a thin concrete feel to the floor it allows the use of thick tiles or natural stone floor finishes on a timber floor.

Max4 without UFH
Max4 in a roof space

The acoustic performance of an existing floor can be considerably improved with the introduction of a “Fonofive” acoustic mat under a Max4 floating floor. This matting is made up of a 1.5mm layer of acoustic insulation and also a 4.5mm thick layer of non-woven polyester.

Properties of Max4:

  • Extremely low weight but with high load bearing capabilities
  • Extremely low final floor thickness
  • Self leveling reinforced floor covering
  • Non flammable
  • Acoustic floor benefits
  • Ideal for wet or electric under floor heating systems

Max4 leaflet

Detailed fixing instructions are available on request and on-site installation advice can be provided by one of our technical advisers. For larger projects we have experienced teams that can provide supply and installation prices.

For extensive guidance and advice please contact our team. Details can be found on our “Contact Us” page.

"Max4 allowed me to strengthen the bathroom floor I was upgrading without needing to rip up the old floor boards. It also gave me the solid floor I was wanting without restricting the head room issue that I had in the room".

Terry Grant

Max4 is an ultra-thin solution to improving the feel of wooden floors, but also at the same time limiting the necessary build-up.

The standard Max4 sheets are just 10mm thick and once screeded (including the underfloor heating) produce a system that is just 15mm in depth.

Max4a

There is also an option for a 20mm thick sheet that provides options for other diameter pipes.

The standard 10mm Max4 will be capable of 90-100W/m2 of heat output, limited only by the maximum allowed surface temperature of 29 degrees Celsius.

It is also possible to upgrade the system acoustically with the addition of the Max4 acoustic mat, this adds less than 6mm to the floor depth.  The system can achieve compliance with Building Regulations part E – the passage of sound between dwellings.

Max4 is especially useful within Listed Buildings as it is a floor overlay system that does not damage the existing floor structure and, due to the low build-up, allows for floor to ceiling heights and room proportions to be maintained.  Example projects are available on request.

FAQs

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  • Q

    Do I keep my joist centres at 400mm when using Lewis Deck?

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    One of the great things about using Lewis Deck is that it opens up a number of different options for you and one of them is around joist centres you can work with.

    Traditionally we see the vast majority of architects and designers insisting that timber joists be installed at either 400mm or at most 600mm because this is the limit of what timber floor systems will effectively span to. Now with Lewis, because of its unique profile (with the dovetails dimensions) and the way it interacts with the thin (50mm) screed laid on it, you can actually go much wider than these figures. With a 50mm screed, on top of the sheets, Lewis allows you to have unpropped centres of up to 1200mm (1.2m). Even at these much wider centres Lewis will allow you to have a permissible load of 14.8kN/m2, which in English is just under 1.5 Tonnes per m2. Now this might sound fantastic, and it is, but in reality for 95% of new build homes this figure won't really make too much difference to what you were planning on doing with upstairs. What it does mean though is that at your normal centres, of approximately 600mm, your floor becomes so much stronger than traditional forms of floor structure that it allows you to do things on the 1st floor that you take for granted on the ground floor. First of all is the obvious one, you get a solid floor, meaning no more squeaky floor boards or hearing people walking around upstairs and knowing exactly where they are up there! Having the solid floor gives you the chance to have a very efficient underfloor heating system (see our applications section for more details) which in most cases will probably mean a slight reduction in your fuel bills. Other big benefits of having a stronger floor upstairs include being able to have either thinner tiles or much heavier tiles than you can use on timber floor systems. The screed and Lewis working together pretty much stops any deflection in the floor meaning that these types of tiles won't crack or move and lift over time as the floor doesn't move or deflect! So in conclusion yes you can have much wider joist centres than the 400mm centres that you normally see on new developments but even if you wanted to keep them the same by using Lewis Deck it opens up so many benefits that you just aren't able to incorporate with traditional timber floor systems.

    Q

    Do you fix Lewis Deck down to the joists?

    A

    The short answer to this is no Lewis Deck doesn't have to be fixed down.

    Generally the reason why people choose to use Lewis Deck over more traditional floor systems is that they are looking to enhance the upper floor that they are working on. So if you are going to be looking at using Lewis then you might as well look to incorporate its full range of benefits. One of which is the major uplift in acoustic performance that you get from using the system. Getting the best results, acoustically, is achieved by laying the floor as a floating floor. This then creates separation between the supporting floor joists and and the steel deck. To enhance this further introduce a resilient strip on top of the joist. See below. [caption id="attachment_559" align="alignnone" width="300"]Lewis Metal Dovetailed Sheeting Deck with acoustic Sylomer resilient strips Lewis Metal Dovetailed Sheeting Deck with acoustic Sylomer resilient strips[/caption] When it comes to determining which of our acoustic resilient strips to use (because we have a few of them and they all do different jobs depending on the use of them and the type of structure below) we are happy to help you come up with the correct option that suits your project the best. A standard Lewis Deck floor detail (such as the detail above) easily achieves UK requirements for acoustic (as well as fire) resistance for residential separating floors. Higher performance standards are easily achievable too. Because of this we have seen Lewis Deck used frequently in in bespoke projects such as live music/ theatre venues, cinemas, recording studios, specialist test labs, plant room floors and many other commercial applications. Also as well improving improving the noise reduction between floors by not having to fix the sheets down you are massively speeding up the installation process!! Having to spend less time on site could have a positive knock on effect on the cost of your project. Please feel free to give us a call and discuss this further should you wish to do so.

    Q

    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value?

    A

    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value? Many of the projects that we get involved in starts with a phone call or email to us from someone researching replacing stolen leadwork. Many of these are old buildings, such as schools or churches, where this isn’t the first time that the lead has been stolen and they call us fed up with having to replace it again full in the knowledge that they will more than likely go through the same problem once more in the near future if they continue to use lead. One of the big benefits that Lacomet FL brings to a project is the fact that it has no scrap value and therefore the chances of it being stolen are massively reduced. Due to the 2 thin aluminium layers, and its five layer total construction, it is of no value to thieves. Lacomet can be recycled but the polyester based coating would need to be de-laminated first and the amount of recovered aluminum is then very low, in fact it would be easier and more profitable to collect empty drinks cans than to mess about stripping Lacomet down. We can also supply stickers that can be placed in strategic locations informing people that what is now on the roof is not lead and that it has no scrap value.

  • Q

    Do you fix Lewis Deck down to the joists?

    A

    The short answer to this is no Lewis Deck doesn't have to be fixed down.

    Generally the reason why people choose to use Lewis Deck over more traditional floor systems is that they are looking to enhance the upper floor that they are working on. So if you are going to be looking at using Lewis then you might as well look to incorporate its full range of benefits. One of which is the major uplift in acoustic performance that you get from using the system. Getting the best results, acoustically, is achieved by laying the floor as a floating floor. This then creates separation between the supporting floor joists and and the steel deck. To enhance this further introduce a resilient strip on top of the joist. See below. [caption id="attachment_559" align="alignnone" width="300"]Lewis Metal Dovetailed Sheeting Deck with acoustic Sylomer resilient strips Lewis Metal Dovetailed Sheeting Deck with acoustic Sylomer resilient strips[/caption] When it comes to determining which of our acoustic resilient strips to use (because we have a few of them and they all do different jobs depending on the use of them and the type of structure below) we are happy to help you come up with the correct option that suits your project the best. A standard Lewis Deck floor detail (such as the detail above) easily achieves UK requirements for acoustic (as well as fire) resistance for residential separating floors. Higher performance standards are easily achievable too. Because of this we have seen Lewis Deck used frequently in in bespoke projects such as live music/ theatre venues, cinemas, recording studios, specialist test labs, plant room floors and many other commercial applications. Also as well improving improving the noise reduction between floors by not having to fix the sheets down you are massively speeding up the installation process!! Having to spend less time on site could have a positive knock on effect on the cost of your project. Please feel free to give us a call and discuss this further should you wish to do so.

    Q

    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value?

    A

    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value? Many of the projects that we get involved in starts with a phone call or email to us from someone researching replacing stolen leadwork. Many of these are old buildings, such as schools or churches, where this isn’t the first time that the lead has been stolen and they call us fed up with having to replace it again full in the knowledge that they will more than likely go through the same problem once more in the near future if they continue to use lead. One of the big benefits that Lacomet FL brings to a project is the fact that it has no scrap value and therefore the chances of it being stolen are massively reduced. Due to the 2 thin aluminium layers, and its five layer total construction, it is of no value to thieves. Lacomet can be recycled but the polyester based coating would need to be de-laminated first and the amount of recovered aluminum is then very low, in fact it would be easier and more profitable to collect empty drinks cans than to mess about stripping Lacomet down. We can also supply stickers that can be placed in strategic locations informing people that what is now on the roof is not lead and that it has no scrap value.

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