VariAL CF Concealed-Fix Rainscreen Cladding System

VariAL CF is a concealed fix baffle jointed cassette rainscreen system, with a range of fully adjustable aluminium support systems. Best suited to horizontal applications, with options for installation to suit both walls and soffits.

Ash & Lacy are members of the CWCT (Centre for Window and Cladding Technology), and the design of all our Façade systems adhere to CWCT design principles.

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  • A concealed fix system, VariAL CF1 is designed to accommodate large format horizontal modules with a cost-effective support system
  • VariAL CF2 is generally used for soffits, fascias, verges and ‘goalpost’ details, often in combination with other systems.
  • Fully fabricated, fully adjustable curved and corner panels available for fast erection times.
  • Flexibility for individual flat panels to be demounted in case of site damage, provided that a 20mm joint is specified
  • Variable joint sizes, with a range of joint profile details and treatment options to suit individual project requirements
  • Joint fixings are colour coated to match panels, ensuring minimum disruption to aesthetics
  • Fire tested by Warringtonfire – Classified A1 to EN 13501-1 3mm Aluminium with no coating applied or with anodised coating applied.
  • Fire tested by Warringtonfire – Classified A2-s1, d0 to EN 13501-1 3mm Aluminium with PPC coating or 4mm Alucobond A2 ACM applied.
  • A2 Rated Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM) from Alucobond or Larson
  • A1 Rated Anodised Aluminium
  • A2 Rated Powder Coated Aluminium
  • A1 Rated Precoated Aluminium
  • A1 Rated Corten Steel
  • A1 Rated Stainless Steel

The following are indicative based on typical system arrangements, please contact our technical team to discuss individual project requirements.


Effective Width = 1490mm max
Effective Length = 6500mm max
Material thickness 4.0mm

Max dimensions are only available in some colours and may be subject to minimum quantities.

PPC and Anodised Aluminium

Effective Width 1430mm max
Effective Length 3920mm max
Material thickness 2.0 – 3.0mm

One leg of corner panels should be restricted to 450mm for finishing processing restrictions.

Horizontal Joint Width:
Standard = 20mm
Minimum = 10mm

Vertical Joint Width:
Standard = 20mm
Minimum = 10mm

Joint extrusions are mill finished as standard but can be provided in matching or contrasting colours to suit project specific requirements.

Support System

A range of mullions is available to suit varying wind loads and spanning situations. Wall brackets are available in varying sizes to meet project specific off-sets from the primary structure. The system is fully adjustable for true alignment.

CAD details are available to suit specific requirements. For more information, please contact our technical department.

Details include options for support systems, as well as alternative arrangements for cappings, windows and other openings, corners and cill/base conditions. Details can be manipulated to suit various requirements; our drawing office can provide special details on a project related basis to suit almost any cladding design.

All Ash & Lacy Façade products carry a warranty, either for the products supplied directly, or from the supply chain partners.

The Ash & Lacy IntegrAL warranty gives total confidence in the materials and products supplied. All products are covered by the Warranty and the Approved Contractor Network provides surety that everything is correctly installed. All Approved Contractors undergo training by Ash & Lacy in the handling, use and installation of their products.

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