The SWIFIX fixing solution was originally designed and developed specifically for refitting and installing both lightweight and heavy items through External Wall Insulation (ETICS) systems, to solve performance issues with traditional methods. However, we have seen an increase in the use of the fixings for MMC, with the inherent characteristics of the fixings and their versatility making them an ideal fixing solution for this type of construction.
The fixings can be used during or after system installation, providing the most cost effective and maintenance- free solution for the market, whilst also ensuring the integrity and protection of the MMC system and safe-guarding guarantees and warranties. With frameworks in MMC carrying a high level of insulation, the exterior of the home is not designed to act as a support for fixings. Adding fixings, drilling or screwing into the typically brick slip or render surface is not recommended as it can cause damage to the insulation and affect these warranties.
The solution is suitable for all system finishes from Brick Slip, Textured and Rough-Cast / Dashing and through all types of insulation types and thicknesses of 50 mm to 300 mm. We have already seen an uptake in the fixings for clients supplying modular homes, such as ilke Homes, Elliot Group and Rollalong Off Site Construction.
With sustainability and the environment in mind, Swifix fixings are manufactured from high quality tensile plastic using recycled content and can carry weights up to 50kg. There are currently five basic fixings to enable the installation of satellite dishes, taps, washing lines, fence posts plus many other exterior items householders may choose to fix, with approvals for use by Sky (for satellite dishes) and the NHBC. Other items that can be fitted using Swifix fixings are gutters and facias and items can also be installed through insulated roof systems, such as bird netting, air source heat pumps and canopies.
All products are manufactured in black and white as standard; however bespoke colours are available to compliment the finished render and, if required, manufactured in fire retardant material. Fixings are available direct from SWIFIX Ltd via their on-line store and from various distributors and builders’ merchants throughout the UK, with design and technical guidance available.