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Monocouche XF is a through colour cement based render system manufactured for direct (one coat) installation onto suitable open faced 7kn - 10kn general purpose concrete blockwork.

The substrate should be constructed with a sufficient movement control design containing bed joint reinforcement and or expansion joints as per the specific blockwork manufacturers guidelines and in conjunction with BS 5628-3 Code of practice for use of masonry and BS 6093 Code of practice for design of joints and jointing in building construction.

Information and guidance on the required movement control system should be requested from the selected blockwork manufacturer.

Bed Joint Reinforcement and Movement Joints are installed to allow movement with the substrate.

Movement Joints within the substrate are then mirrored within the render coating using a UPVC Expansion Bead.

MonoMesh XF alkali resistant mesh is imbedded into the Monocouche XF at material junctions and surrounding openings to absorb stress.

The key to a successful one coat installation relies on the selection of a suitable block type, the management and control of materials and workmanship during the construction of the substrate and the specification of a suitable movement control system to ensure that the blockwork performs as it should when constructed.

Information and guidance on the required movement control system should be requested from the chosen blockwork manufacturer.
Guidance on constructing to receive Monocouche XF in one coat can also be found within the XF Construction Guide.

BEST PRACTICE:

Monocouche XF can also be installed onto lightweight block, brickwork, stonework, and most masonry construction with the support of a layer of MonoBase XF polymer modified base coat and MonoMesh XF installed to prepare in what we advise to be best practice in all circumstances.

The addition of the MonoBase XF and MonoMesh XF layer provides greater resistance to movement within the substrate whilst increasing protection against water penetration and weathering.

This comprehensive approach provides a consistent base layer without impurity onto which the through coloured Monocouche XF coating is applied thus going as far as possible to protect against issues which may be caused due to the condition and behaviour of the masonry substrate.

A PDF describing the Monocouche XF Best Practice can be downloaded from the Technical Download section and shared with site staff and installing contractors.

Best practice build up


MonoBase XF is applied to 4mm thickness over entire masonry substrate
MonoMesh XF is imbedded into entire MonoBase XF layer whilst wet
Monocouche XF is applied and finished to 15mm total thickness

KEY SYSTEM BENEFITS

Available in 19 stunning colours

Low maintenance without the need to paint

Flexibility to achieve most recognised styles of render finish

Hand or machine applied enabling large areas to be installed

Weatherproof and durable whilst allowing the structure to breathe

Ready mixed with the addition of water the only requirement to install

Greatly reduced program at site allowing other trades to continue earlier and scaffolding to be off hired sooner

SUBSTRATE PREPARATION

Masonry substrates should be stable, clean, suitably dry and free from dust and loose.

Newly constructed masonry should be allowed to dry sufficiently before render system install.

Mortar jointing should be flushed level with the surrounding blockwork/masonry.

Levelling preparation should be carried out with MonoBase XF.

Direct contact with the masonry should be made without contamination.

Do not apply to gypsum plaster or previously painted surfaces.

Do not apply in temperatures below 5c, above 30c and before a frost.

TIMBER/STEEL FRAME

Monocouche XF will bond successfully to render specific carrier boards with the support of MonoBase XF and MonoMesh XF however there is an unknown risk of movement within the supporting framework which may cause deflection in the render carrier board forcing the render to crack and for this reason Monocouche XF is not guaranteed in these applications.

Monocouche XF should never be applied to entire elevations constructed of timber/steel frame.


MATERIAL COVERAGE GUIDANCE

Monocouche XF 25kg bag 1m2 @ 15mm 40 bags per pallet (1,000kg)
MonoBase XF 25kg bag 4m2 @ 4mm 40 bags per pallet (1,000kg)
MonoMesh XF Roll 50m2 (1m x 50m)  

TOTAL SYSTEM THICKNESS: 15mm

The above information is supplied as a guide only; material usage is completely dependent on specific substrate type and condition.

 

PRODUCT RECOGNITION

Monocouche XF MonoBase XF

PROFILE BEADING: 15mm UPVC only

Angle/Corner beads are installed to all rendered corners giving definition and providing protection against impact.
Drip/Bell beads are installed at the base of elevations to force water to fall and protect the masonry below.
Stop beads are installed to give neat and level termination at elevation boundaries and material junctions.
Expansion beads are installed over expansion joints within the masonry.
Beads should be bonded with Monocouche XF or MonoBase XF only.
All bead types are supplied in 2.5lm lengths and boxes containing 25 units.

Further information on Beads and Mesh



SYSTEM GUARANTEES

A 10 year system guarantee is supplied with the materials covering the system components when installed as per guidelines.

If you would like to receive a turnkey supply and install quotation for this system guaranteeing the highest standard of finish is achieved at site with a comprehensive 10 year warranty covering all system components and the workmanship throughout the installation process please
call 0844 272 1467 or simply mail your enquiry to [email protected]

Standard Colours

The Monocouche XF system is available in the following standard colours which we aim to have in stock at all times however due to the diversity of our client base and the random nature of sales we advise that orders should be planned in advance.

XF WHITE
XF OFF WHITE
XF IVORY
XF CREAM
XF LIGHT GREY
XF SAND
XF BEIGE

 

Non Standard Colours

The Monocouche XF system is also available in the following non-standard colours, these are not a stock item and are manufactured to order with the following parameters;

  • Additional cost over standard colours
  • Lead time 3 - 4 weeks
  • Minimum order quantity 80 bags / 80m2
  • Full pallets thereafter 120,160,200,240,280,320,360...

  • XF Butter Milk
    XF Truffle
    XF Mustard
    XF Ash Grey
    XF Sahara
    XF Sage
    XF Earth
    XF Mocha
    XF Rose
    XF Salmon
    XF Terracotta
    XF Brick Red

     

    The examples above are photographs of the Monocouche XF material however the colour of the samples will appear slightly different when viewed from screen to screen and device to device.

    Finish options

    The Monocouche XF system has been developed to provide its users with the flexibility to achieve a variety of finishes using the same material components.

    In addition to scratched texture the cutting edge Monocouche XF system can be installed to create the following modern and traditional styles.

    Scratch finish

    Scratch finish

    Scratch finish is achieved by removing the top layer of the semi cured material with a scratch or nail float to reveal a stunning decorative texture.

    Examples of Scratch finish

     

    Sponge finish

    Sponge finish

    Sponge finish is achieved by using a sponge tool once the material has been levelled and then cured enough to resist the pressure of the finishing technique.

    Examples of Sponge finish
    Rough Cast finish

    Rough Cast finish

    Rough cast textured finish is created by adjusting the render installation machinery to project the material in the desired consistency, the depth, frequency and general appearance of the texture is altered by changing the speed and distance of the passes.

    Examples of Rough Cast finish
    Trowel finish

    Trowel finish

    Trowel finish render is achieved by flattening the material with a trowel once the material has been levelled and cured sufficiently enough to resist the pressure of the finishing technique.
    This method of installation is often considered as a stunning cost and time saving alternative to building with stonework.

    Examples of Trowel finish

    Further Details

     

    Ashlar details

    Ashlar details

    Ashlar grooves are cut from the material to replicate traditional stone construction as seen in historical locations such Bath and York, the grooves can also be used to frame windows, create window head and sill details bringing another aesthetic dimension to a scheme.

    Examples of Ashlar details

    Coursing lines

    Coursing lines

    Subtle lines can be added to the trowel finished material to appear like masonry courses, these lines can be as wide and deep as required to replicate any size of stone, brick or block and configured to replicate masonry bonding patterns.

    Examples of coursing lines

    The installation of the Monocouche XF system should be considered as a specialist undertaking and should only be carried out by experienced and where possible approved contractors.

    The creation of the selected finish style relies completely on the skill and experience of installing team.
    A large sample of the specific finish you have selected should be applied at site for review and approval prior to works commencing.

    TECHNICAL DATA SHEETS

    Monocouche XF TDS
    MonoBase XF TDS
    MonoMesh XF TDS

    SAFETY DATA SHEETS

    Monocouche XF Safety Data
    Monocouche XF COSH

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    XF Construction Guide
    Monocouche XF Best Practice

     

     

    Once you have selected the colour code, finish type and build up specification for your project simply cut and paste the relevant section from below into your literature and add the specific colour code and finish type into the text body to complete.

    For example;

    Colour: XF Off White
    Finish: Rough Cast

    Option 1: DIRECT (one coat) onto blockwork

    System: Monocouche XF
    Build up: Direct (One coat) onto blockwork
    Colour:
    Finish:
    15mm UPVC beads installed/bonded using Monocouche XF
    MonoMesh XF is imbedded into a layer of Monocouche XF to surround openings passing edges by 500mm
    A second layer of MonoMesh XF is imbedded diagonally across all corners to further reinforce
    Monocouche XF is hand or machine applied in the desired finish style level with the UPVC beading
    Total system thickness: 15mm
    System supplier: Monocouche Render Systems Ltd
    Contact: 0844 272 1467 / www.monocouche.co.uk
    Samples: Available upon request
    Comprehensive technical information and support can be found at www.monocouche.co.uk
    It is advised that Monocouche Render Systems Ltd is consulted to gain a complete understanding of the system prior to commencement of works at site.

    Option 2: Best Practice

    System: Monocouche XF
    Build up: Best Practice
    Colour:
    Finish:
    15mm UPVC beads installed/bonded using Monocouche XF or MonoBase XF
    4mm layer of MonoBase XF applied over the entire substrate between the beads
    MonoMesh XF imbedded into the entire MonoBase XF layer whilst wet ensuring that it is below the surface A second layer of MonoMesh XF is imbedded diagonally across all corners to further reinforce
    MonoBase XF is combed horizontally to key and left to cure sufficiently
    Monocouche XF is hand or machine applied in the desired finish style level with the UPVC beading
    Total system thickness: 15mm
    System supplier: Monocouche Render Systems Ltd
    Contact: 0844 272 1467 / www.monocouche.co.uk
    Samples: Available upon request
    Comprehensive technical information and support can be found at www.monocouche.co.uk
    It is advised that Monocouche Render Systems Ltd is consulted to gain a complete understanding of the system prior to commencement of works at site.

    A PDF document showing the Best Practice Build Up can be downloaded from the Technical Download menu section for this system and shared with site staff and installing contractors.