LOAD BEARING SURFACES
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LOAD BEARING SURFACE OVERVIEW
Here at Jupiter we pride ourselves on producing heating solutions to overcome the construction industry's everyday difficult problems. Even to this day we're busy inventing ways around problems and what better way to learn about these problems than to face them first hand? This way we can guarantee the solution we provide is not only practical, but also thoroughly tested by a reputable company.
When Jupiter first appeared on the UK market from Germany in 2004 the handful of other suppliers were not offering products to go on their heating panels–they would simply suggest floor grade chipboard. Realising that offering a high performing load bearing surface was an integral part of a ‘system’, Jupiter immediately began promoting Fermacell gypsum fibreboards to compliment the heating panels. Nearly 15 years later, Jupiter have an unrivalled range of screed alternatives for every floor finish and every budget.
The Screed Replacement Tile is the ultimate when it comes to a load bearing surface. Although only 20mm thick, it is stronger than a screed and yet heats up and cools down within minutes. Our SRT system is formed of tongue-and-groove tiles laid in brick-bond format and glued together but not to the substrate. The SRT system can accept any floor finish and requires no specialist knowledge to install.
The ever-popular choice when a general use load bearing surface is required. Suitable for almost all floor finishes Fermacell is a rapidly installed floor preparation system made from 20mm thick gypsum fibreboard. Boards are now a more manageable 1200 x 600mm and are simply glued and screwed together.
DimaMat is our only liquid-based product and, at only 3mm thick, is an ultra-thin load bearing surface suitable for tiled floor finishes. Other finishes require a slightly greater build-up, typically 6mm thick. Comprised of a self-adhesive decoupling mat and a water-mixed compound, DimaMat can be installed over large areas very quickly and can be covered with floor finishes after only 4 hours.
Firmax is a 12mm thick cement panel system (made up of 2 x 6mm boards) that are delivered with self-adhesive faces. The system is installed by laying two, staggered layers of the boards, adhesive face to adhesive face, and hitting them with a rubber mallet to activate the adhesive. This system delivers high point loads and is very useful for self-builders.