MaxiBeam FAQs

Take a look at our MaxiBeam FAQs to find out if they might be right for your upcoming project. Remember, MaxiBeam can be used on walls, ceilings, suspended rafts or as independent free standing screens.

 

Our NEW MaxiBeam Specification Guide has been designed to introduce you to the MaxiBeam system and take you through the 8 simple steps to specifying MaxiBeam for walls, ceilings, rafts or screens.

  1. CONSIDER THE APPLICATION
  2. SELECT SIZE
  3. SELECT BEAM ENDS
  4. SELECT ACOUSTIC BACKING
  5. SELECT FINISH
  6. SELECT FR CLASS
  7. CONSIDER ACCESS & SERVICE REQUIREMENTS
  8. SELECT INSTALLATION METHOD

Our proven system provides flexible wall and ceiling options to suit your project and deliver strong visual impact alongside unrivalled acoustic performance. MaxiBeam can be adapted easily for different applications and integration requirements, as shown in this guide.

DOWNLOAD MAXIBEAM SPECIFICATION GUIDE >> 

Our standard sizes and weights are:

HEIGHT 100mm 125mm 150mm 200mm 285mm
THICKNESS 40 or 50mm 40 or 50mm 40 or 50mm 40 or 50mm 40 or 50mm
APPROX. WEIGHT 2kg/lm 2.5kg/lm 3kg/lm 4kg/lm 6kg/lm
TYPICAL CENTRE VARIANT 100-250mm 125-300mm 150-375mm 200-400mm 200-600mm
TYPICAL SPACING VARIANT 50-210mm 75-260mm 100-335mm 150-360mm 150-560mm

Bespoke heights and shapes are possible with our MaxiBeam system, providing unparalleled creative scope!

For details, please download our NEW MaxiBeam Specification Guide.

 

 

MaxiBeam is approximately 50% lighter than solid oak beams, providing the elegance of heavy duty timber beams without the hassle of working with solid timber. Each beam is light enough to be carried by a single person, ranging from 2-6kg.

Normal thickness is either 40mm or 50mm.

High quality, responsibly-sourced mdf with a veneer, laminate or lacquer finish is used for the skin, coupled with a lightweight / hollow core. Material is safe, non-toxic, non-irritant.

Yes, our MaxiBeam system works amazingly well to create different shapes and we’ve collaborated on some very interesting bespoke projects. Please get in touch to discuss your application ideas!

Yes, our MaxiBeam can be used on walls, ceilings, suspended rafts or as independent free standing screens. We have worked on a wide variety of projects with different applications. Please discuss your requirements with our Technical Department for advice.

Yes, MaxiBeam is very flexible and we can work with you to incorporate specific access and service requirements to best effect. Our team are experienced in overcoming integration challenges and have strong expertise in delivering:

  • Effective solutions around lighting, air conditioning vents, smoke detectors etc
  • Bespoke, angled ends
  • End-to end jointing

Please talk to our Technical Team about your options.

MaxiBeam can be installed under a perforated Supacoustic ceiling, Soft Board Acoustic backing (nominal 12mm thick) or our Premium Grade Acoustic Board (nominal 2mm thick) to achieve acoustic absorption. Please contact us if you wish to use a different material.

Vtec's comprehensive finishing solutions provide you with a fantastic spectrum of colours and effects. Our factory applied finishes give so much more than “just another covering" and leave you with hundreds of options to choose from to create something truly different for your clients.

  • SUPAVENEER: Natural timber veneers finished with high quality lacquer >> Where the project requires a Natural Timber finish, we can produce the MaxiBeams in many veneer species so the finish can match with other surfaces as required. We can stain the slats if required to achieve the right look.
  • SUPACOLOUR: Solid colour lacquer finishes including RAL colours, metallics etc >> Matched to almost any colour, our spray paint finish gives you the ability to have your MaxiBeams in almost any colour. We typically work to colour references such as RAL and NCS, and spray in matt, satin or high gloss onto our factory-applied base layer.
  • SUPALAMI: High quality, realistic, economic, hardwearing laminate finish >> Applied to the face of the MaxiBeams with matching edging, this laminate provides you with a great looking finish without the cost of solid timber veneer. Available in a variety of finishes, including Woods and Solid Colours. View the standard Supalami finishes here >>

Standard grade MaxiBeams are not, so if you have an FR requirement we can produce in FR grade to Class 1 or Class 0 standard. Please contact us to find out more about the combinations and options available.

No, we are not restrictive and provide detailed instructions to the installer for them to follow.

Our MaxiBeam system is designed for quick installation – with either a fixing cleat, screw from rear or click-fix. Please talk to our Technical Team about your options.

MaxiBeam is supplied as individual beams, which are discreetly installed to ceilings & walls or installed as suspended rafts & free-standing screens. Beams can be installed so they are removable if required – please contact our Technical Department if this is a requirement.

No on-site cutting should be required. MaxiBeam systems are supplied fully finished to avoid on-site cutting and finishing. If beams do require cutting, this can be carried out with standard woodworking tools.

We do not advise direct exposure to water, but they can be used as decorative features in changing areas, spa rooms etc with some precautions. Please contact our Technical Department if this is a requirement.

They are virtually maintenance free but can benefit from dusting or vacuuming with soft brush attachment if you wish.

Any dirt deposits can be wiped off. However, beams should not be subjected to moisture, wet cloths or any type of detergent or abrasive cleaner.

Generally yes. If this is a definite requirement please speak to our Technical Department.

The finishes we provide may vary slightly between items and batches. Please note that due to screen resolution issues the colours shown are representative only.

  • Always wear correct PPE when handling, cutting, drilling or working with building materials.
  • Always fasten each panel safely.

  • Always store the MaxiBeams in a dry environment.
  • Never lean up against the wall; always ensure they are stored flat with consistent support throughout the MaxiBeams.
  • Always carry vertically on their edges, never flat.
  • Always protect decorative faces during storage or handling.
  • Observe safe working practice and manual handling procedures.

 

If you have any unanswered questions after reading our MaxiBeam FAQs, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you and provide a tailored quote.