Latham Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc & Tile Control Strips are a cost effective pavement movement control system that are fast, efficient and easy to install, leaving no mess and providing a vandal resistant, attractive permanent and maintenance free means of accommodating movement.
Each Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc & Tile Strip is manufactured under strict factory controlled conditions using high quality brass, zinc, stainless steel, aluminium or rebonite plates bonded to a quality air channelled neoprene core. They are designed specially for installation in ornamental and architectural hard paving, to control the opening of floor joints during expansion and contraction. They absorb tile and paving growth and minimise edge erosion and cracking.
Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc & Tile Strips are delivered to the site ready for installation. They replace the previously recognised, and outmoded, difficult to effect liquid poured construction and isolation joints, which were often omitted from the paving due to problems and cost in producing a satisfactory joint on site.
Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc & Tile Strips should be installed in controlled floor bays at all stress points. In particular, to isolate columns, lift wells and escalators, at all direction changes, the floor perimeter, centre lines of columns, and across door openings. Other areas include changes in levels, against all restraining surfaces and on suspended floors where flexing is likely to occur, particularly over supporting walls and beams. All control joints must be free to move through to the structure (slab) by providing a flexible spacer or void beneath the Neoprene‑X‑Pansion Loc Strips.
Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc Strips are 1800mm in length and are provided with anchoring loops at 175mm centres (for use with GW50/SSW50 Auxiliary Wire Anchors) for secure fixing and effective expansion and contraction control. Before selection all usage factors must be taken into consideration including technical characteristics of the chosen paving material. However for internal applications bay sizes in general have been 4.5 metre x 4.5 metre grids using a 6mm wide neoprene strip, with special consideration being given to site conditions. External paving bays are reduced to 3 metres x 3 metres with the installation of 12mm wide Loc Strips being considered. For insitu terrazzo and pebble paving maximum bay size recommended for internal applications not subject to direct sunlight is 7.5 metres x 3.75 metres and always with a side length ratio of 2:1 using a 6mm wide neoprene strip. All external paving should be reduced in dimension by 50%. If increased bay sizes are desired, first consideration should be to redevelop the pattern; as an alternative a 12mm wide Loc Strip should be considered.
Tile Strips are 1800mm in length and are designed to be installed over saw cuts while the tile adhesive is in a plastic state. Once the Tile Strip is installed the adhesive should be troweled firmly to ensure adequate anchorage. Before selection all usage factors must be taken into consideration including technical characteristics of the chosen paving material. However for internal applications, bay sizes in general have been 4.5 metre x 4.5 metre grids with special consideration being given to site conditions. External paving bays are reduced to 3 metres x 3 metres with the installation of 12mm wide Loc Strips being considered.
Special Application Loc & Tile Strips are available and are custom made to suit some special conditions. Examples of these can found in the section headed “Custom Made Neoprene‑X‑Pansion Loc and Tile Strips”.
Simple to use, vandal resistant, time and money saving Latham Neoprene-X-Pansion Loc and Tiles Strip Systems give you a first class job in performance, quality and appearance.