Modular walling systems are a Modern Method of Construction which is rapidly revolutionising the construction industry. Made up of a series of wall panels which are manufactured off-site, these systems provide a whole range of programme, cost, quality and environmental benefits which are extremely attractive.
Read on to find out more about what are the benefits of modular wall systems with our helpful guide.
What are modular wall panels made of?
Modular wall panels are manufactured off-site in factory conditions to the exact specification required on your development. The materials used in construction differ from traditional blockwork, plasterboard and SFS walls in several important ways.
For example, Specwall panels are solid, lightweight, cementitious and inert. This means they can be installed in all weathers, including before the building is watertight. This is in contrast to traditional systems, and comes with many advantages including the acceleration and simplification of the construction process and a reduction in the amount of waste generated on site.
Furthermore, modular walking systems like Specwall come with inherent acoustic, fire and insulation ratings which simplify the design process even further and can be adapted to meet any requirements.
How expensive is a modular wall system?
Modular wall systems are cost-competitive compared to traditional wall systems, particularly if they are incorporated from the initial design stage. By doing so, you can take advantage of some of the biggest advantages of modular walls from the start – the fact they are built to exact specifications with minimal waste; that they can be installed early, and in any weather, accelerating your construction programme; that they need fewer labour hours to install, cutting costs.
How are modular walls fitted?
Modular wall systems like Specwall require only a single-visit construction process to install. The factory-controlled manufacture means that all panels will fit the exact specifications required on your development.
Some highlights of Specwall system which help to explain the ease of its installation include:
- The solid, lightweight panels fit together using a simple tongue and groove system, with adhesive and dowel fixes
- Panels connect directly to floor and ceiling via base and head track channels, with fire mastic used in the tracks
- Fire safety assured through application of fire mastic, fire-proof mineral wool at the head, fire-proof insulation where necessary and grouting between panels
Learn more about the Specwall installation process by watching this video:
How long do modular walls last?
Modular walls are hugely more flexible than traditional walling systems, ensuring that they last substantially longer and provide benefits to the development long after installation is complete.
In contrast with traditional wall systems, modular wall panels like Specwall can be reused in situ without replacements being needed. The panels can be recut, rearranged and reused in new configurations at the drop of a hat. The process is simple, quick and environmentally friendly.
Traditional wall systems cannot be reused in this manner, and changing an internal layout which uses them will require tearing them down and replacing them with new walls. As well as being inherently wasteful, it is also time consuming and significantly cuts down the lifespan of that type of wall.
The advantages of modular wall systems are clear to see, and systems like Specwall are leading the way to an easier, more sustainable future for the construction industry.
To find out more about how Specwall can benefit your development, get in touch with our team today by clicking here.