AMF VENTATEC Grid is here!
AMF VENTATEC grid is here on our shores and here to stay. Designed in Germany, manufactured in the UK, VENTATEC is set to make its mark in the ceiling industry. Having said that, grid is just grid right? … not exactly. Firstly I’ve personally been installing exposed grid systems for over 20 years now. Henceforth, that puts me in a position where I can compare different grid types from an installer’s perspective. I’ve installed over 15 different grid types, from exposed to concealed and steel to aluminium.
So Whats New?
AMF VENTATEC grid has been here for a while now and consequently I’ve used both the old AMF grid and I’ve installed the current grid. So what’s different? Roughly 30% heavier and 100mm cross tee spacing, rather than 150mm. Whilst other manufacturers are using less and less steel in their exposed grid, AMF grid is adding more back in. This isn’t just a claim either; you can feel it when you pick up the boxes. Compared to earlier revisions of the grid and to many of its competitors, this grid is strong…. real strong. It’s a good sign when a company adds steel rather than taking it out.
Now let’s talk about the AMF VENTATEC grid 100mm T-slot spacing on the main bars. Firstly, this is the easiest way to identify the new VENTATEC mainbars over the old version. Secondly, to be clear, you can’t use the old mainbar with the new one (the T-slot starting point is different). Is the change a good thing? In my opinion, yes!. More slots equals more options, which is a always a good thing. Also having more T-slots in certain size rooms can result in less waste, as you have more usable bar in certain scenarios.
Main bar engagement is solid and engages with a nice audible snap to let you know you’re ready to go. Cross T engagement is slightly different from most manufacturers, with its cross tee clip shape. Considering ceilings are, by nature, built in the air, you are always standing on a platform of some kind to build them. When a cross T doesn’t engage easily and freely, it’s quite frankly agitating as hell. Generally speaking, this means I have to get directly under the junction point and apply pressure on both bars rather than just one. This in turn costs both time and money.
So how does AMF VENTATEC grid rate in cross T engagement? Quite well actually. Some care does need to be exercised to keep the T bar in the correct side of the slot, or you do need to adjust it. However, once engaged, you get that audible click providing confirmation that your T bar isn’t going anywhere 🙂
With our ceilings up, why pull it apart? Unfortunately sometimes, other tradespeople damage bars, lights get moved… it happens. VENTATEC 1200mm bars have the easiest disengagement of any bar I’ve used in the last 15 years. The only bars I’ve used that disengaged easier, are bars that don’t engage in the first place. That’s a big win for AMF. Main bars are also tool-less, disengaged with the right application of directional force.
AMF VENTATEC grid has been designed to accommodate seismic designs. Knauf/AMF are offering 48 hours turnaround with designs provided the correct documentation is supplied. In my books this is pretty good service, considering I’ve had to wait over 4 weeks in the past.
In conclusion, are we looking at the ultimate ceiling grid here? It’s most definitely up there with all the other major brands. The biggest difference I’ve noticed as a contractor is AMF’s commitment to constantly evolve and provide a product that simply gets better and better. When you combine this with committed staff, competitive pricing, awesome tile range, and customer support, you get something that stands out.
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