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Advantages

Speed

  • Short lead time - Beams can be delivered and  installed as soon as 2 to 4 weeks after an order is placed. 
  • Greatly reduced construction time - Up to 500m2 of Ultrafloor can be installed by a single 5 person crew per day.
  • Safe working deck- Beams and infill form an instant safe working deck.
  • Minimal, or no propping required - Immediate access below the finished deck means following trades can finish sooner.

Efficiency

  • Structural permanent formwork - i.e. no formwork stripping is required.
  • Significant reduction in concrete - Slab self weights are reduced by 20% to 45%, meaning lighter transfer loads and smaller footings.
  • Structurally efficient slabs - Ribbed slabs are the most efficient slab designs, as they only use concrete exactly where it's needed. 
  • Less labour required on-site - A typical Ultrafloor crew, capable of installing up to 500m2 per day, consists of 5 men or less.
  • Reduction in site waste - Site waste is minimal compared with the amount of timber formwork waste generated when forming and stripping a conventional slab.

Cost Savings

  • Concrete savings - Average concrete volumes are reduced by 20% to 45%, with a standard 32Mpa mix typically specified.
  • Reinforcement savings - Reinforcement rates are reduced by up to 50% as the Ultrafloor beams also act as bottom reinforcement.
  • Waste minimisation - As Ultrafloor site waste is minimal there are significant waste disposal savings compared with conventional formwork.  
  • Reduced construction time - The Ultrafloor system enables construction programs to be compressed by weeks or even months.
  • Full design service - We have an experienced design team and provide a comprehensive design, drafting and certification service for all our slabs. 

Flexibility

  • Site tolerances easily accommodated - Compared with fully precast floors, Ultrafloor is readily able to cope with common site tolerance issues.  
  • Penetrations are not a problem - Ultrafloor beam locations can be adjusted to miss penetrations as required and holes are easily cut in the infill sheets.
  • Full depth slab thickenings possible - Slab thickenings ("set downs") are easily achieved for structural, fire, acoustic and thermal requirements.  
  • Adaptable to any building shape - Beams can be placed at any angle which means that even curved buildings can benefit from the Ultrafloor system. 
  •  Wide range of beams - We have an extensive range of beam sizes which allows for ultimate flexibility in the design and construction of a concrete floor.

 

Sound & Thermal Ratings

  • Increased Acoustic ratings - Ultrafloor ribbed slabs achieve higher acoustic ratings than a conventional flat slab. Learn more >
  • Increased Thermal ratings - Similar to the acoustic benefits, increases in R values are achieved by using the Ultrafloor ribbed slab system. Learn more >

Environmental

  • No wasted Timber formwork - Timber formwork is typically not re-cycled after its use, unlike permanent structural formwork where there is no waste. 
  • Reduction in Concrete - De-materialisation of between 20 to 45% is achieved depending on the system used. 
  • Reduction in Reinforcement - De-materialisation of up to 50% is possible depending on the system used.  
  • Increased Thermal ratings - Thermally efficient floors lead to a reduction in long term heating and cooling costs over the life of a structure. 

Design & Certification

  • Complete slab design service -  Ultrafloor offer complete packages including design and detailing.
  • Full design certification - Shop drawings are fully certified by Ultrafloor and need not be signed off by the project engineer.
  • High quality construction - All products are of a very high standard and are manufactured off-site under strict quality controlled factory conditions.
  • Full Code compliance - Ultrafloor is accredited to ISO 9001 and complies with all relevant Australian standards and Building Codes.