Supaslat FAQs

Like the look of our SupaSlat, modular slatted timber system? Read our FAQs to find out if they might be right for your upcoming project.

 

There’s a SupaSlat option for every project! Check out our useful online configuration tool for a quick visual to help choose the right SupaSlat options for your project.

Simply consider:

  • Installation method
  • Slat size and spacing
  • Timber species
  • Finish option
  • Extras including acoustics and fire performance

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.

  • SOLID TIMBER: For projects that require a Solid Timber finish, we can produce the slats out of beautiful solid timber in many different species so the finish can match with other surfaces, as required.
  • SUPALAMI: Applied to the face of the slats 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 >>
  • SUPACOLOUR: Matched to almost any colour, our spray paint finish gives you the ability to have your slats 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.
  • DRIFTWOOD: When a project requires a rustic weathered effect finish, we can produce the slats out of solid timber with a lovely distressed finish. We produce these in various colours, including, white, white washed, and clear lacquer.

Yes, SupaSlat is very flexible and we can work with you to incorporate specific requirements such as lighting, heating & ventilation, fire detectors & sprinklers and CCTV requirements. We’ve worked on many complex projects and seen a wide range of other elements being used in conjunction with our SupaSlat systems to great effect. Please talk to us if you envisage a particular design challenge and require a more bespoke approach.

Yes, SupaSlat is very flexible and we can work with you to incorporate specific access requirements in both walls and ceiling, such as doorways and access hatches. We’ve collaborated on a range of projects with particular access challenges and incorporated bespoke solutions into the specification.

Vtec standard SupaSlat sizes are:

  • SupaSlat 1:  42mm (w) x 18mm (t) @ 67mm centres
  • SupaSlat 2:  95mm (w) x 18mm (t) @ 120mm centres
  • SupaSlat 3:  42mm (w) x 32mm (t) @ 100mm centres
  • SupaSlat 4:  18mm (w) x 42mm (t) @ 43mm centres
  • SupaSlat 5:  18mm (w) x 70mm (t) @ 75mm centres

Choose your standard sizes and spacings here

Slat thickness varies subject to the installation method and possibly the service integrations. Please contact our Technical Department for advice.

Please refer to previous question for standard sizes.

Please provide us with the dimensions of the area you wish to cover and our Technical Department can produce a panel layout scheme to quantify this, and also to assist your installers on site.

The slats are either high quality natural timber or mdf with a laminate type decorative face. A premium grade black acoustic backing is directly behind the slats. On the rear of the panel are mdf cross battens, which hold the slats and acoustic backing together.

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

Yes, we’ve designed our SupaSlat modules to be simply and rapidly installed – with standard methods being either Screw Fix or Lift and Shift (installed entirely from beneath the ceiling line).

Our SupaSlat modules are installed by the below different methods:

Ceiling Installation

  • SCREW FIX: Modules can be either concealed/ discreetly fixed or visibly fixed for removability with a screwdriver. SupaSlat modules can be fixed to a variety of substrates / support work systems (e.g. Unistrut or MF top hats).
  • LIFT AND SHIFT: Modules simply engage into a T-24 exposed ceiling grid from beneath, to enable easy access to the entire ceiling.

Wall Installation

  • SCREW FIX: Modules can be either concealed/ discreetly fixed or visibly fixed for removability with a screwdriver. SupaSlat modules can be fixed to a variety of substrates / Timber Battens / support work systems (e.g. Unistrut or MF top hats).
  • SECRET FIX: Modules can be secretly fixed with timber split battens, aluminium Z’s or aluminium hockey sticks.

For a visual of the install methods, head to our online configurator. Talk to our Technical Team for assistance with your slatted wall or ceiling application to ensure you get the optimum benefit of the system.

No. Our SupaSlat systems are supplied fully finished to avoid on-site cutting and finishing. They will be delivered ready to fit, with full installation instructions.

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.

Yes they can. Please discuss these applications with our Technical Department for advice.

They are virtually maintenance free but can benefit from dusting or vacuuming with soft brush attachment if you wish. Do not clean the panels with a damp or wet cloth.

They can be wiped with a slightly damp cloth, and if required add a weak soap solution. Do not use detergent or abrasive cleaners.

Standard grade panels 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.

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 panels in a dry environment
  • Never lean up against the wall; always ensure they are stored flat with consistent support throughout the panel
  • 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 SupaSlat FAQs, please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you and provide a tailored quote.