Introducing MechSlip: a new brick slip cladding system designed to save installers time and money

A new, lightweight, mechanically fixed cladding system that delivers all the benefits of natural clay brick has been launched by Ash & Lacy in conjunction with Ibstock Kevington, part of Ibstock plc.

MechSlip is the UK’s first mechanically fixed brick slip system to use real Ibstock Brick and contain no combustible parts. The system is designed to provide substantial cost savings compared to similar systems and delivers the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of real brick in a fraction of the time.

Featuring Ibstock Brick’s unique clay slips (patent pending) and A&L’s 6063T6 grade aluminium support rails, the system is available in a wide range of colours and textures.

How it works
The system works with slip-cutting technology (patent pending) that allows the vast majority of stock, wire cut and waterstruck bricks to be mechanically fixed into horizontal rails at flexible heights. This means both linear and low-profile brick can be used. Bricks can be arranged in desired bond patterns, and mortar is applied via a mortar gun.

Commercial benefits
This system offers significant advantages associated with rainscreen cladding, including reduced installation times and associated costs. Its ability to deliver a truly desirable finish sets the MechSlip system apart from its competitors and will be widely welcomed by architects and specifiers.

MechSlip responds to many of the challenges faced by contractors and specifiers. For example, installation is possible from mast climbers, thereby removing the need for scaffolding and the associated costs. Crucially, deployment of MechSlip can also reduce contractors’ reliance on skilled trades at the installation phase. With UK construction labour shortages a known issue, such ease-of-use design characteristics will bring commercial advantages to installers.

Testing & Certification
MechSlip has been rigorously and independently tested by the CWCT (Centre for Window & Cladding Technology). The CWCT uses various testing methods to determine the level of serviceability of cladding systems and subjects it to various levels of water, air and solid object impact.

Extensive fire safety testing is ongoing and full certification is expected over the next few months.

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