Category Archives: Wall Panels

Accurate, Complete Shop Drawings a Plus on Metal Roof and Wall Panel Projects

A shop drawing is a drawing or set of drawings produced by the contractor, supplier, manufacturer, subcontractor, or fabricator on a metal roofing or wall panel project.

It is an essential part of any project and the quality of the drawings can influence whether a project will be done correctly to specification, whether there will be legal issues down the road about meeting spec and even whether the job will be completed on schedule.

Shop drawings are not produced by architects and engineers under their contract with the owner. The shop drawing is the manufacturer’s or the contractor’s drawn version of information shown in the general contractor’s construction documents. It is drawn to explain the fabrication and/or installation of the items, in this case, metal roofing or wall panels, to the contractor’s installation crews. Unlike an architect’s drawing, a shop drawing’s primary emphasis is exclusively on the particular product or installation, unless roofing and wall panel materials must be integrated with other materials.

The shop drawings should include information for the architect to compare to the architectural specifications and drawings. The shop drawing gives the architect the opportunity to review the fabricator’s and/or installer’s version of the product, prior to fabrication. Attachment of manufacturer’s material specifications, “catalog cut sheets,” and other manufacturer’s information like independent testing results and installation instructions should accompany these drawings. Manufacturers like Englert have all of this information readily available at their company websites so it can be downloaded onto a disk or easily printed out for attachment to the drawings. Some fabricators and manufacturers will provide symbols, data, or instructions concerning installation. This can include a list of other materials, such as fasteners or adhesives, appropriate but not included for the product. Continue reading

Meeting Standards for Metal Wall Panels: An Important Consideration in Building Design

There are thousands of building materials and products globally and virtually all of those used in a manufactured environment are subject to some form of testing and standards.

There are a host of international standards organizations that set standards for and test all kinds of products. There are de facto standards which means they are followed by informal convention or dominant usage, de jure standards which are part of legally binding contracts, laws or regulations and voluntary standards which are published and available for people to consider for use.

Picture of metal wall panels used in construction.The people who use an item (architects, engineers, contractors, etc.) or specify it (building codes, government, industry, etc.) have the responsibility to consider the available standards, specify the correct one, enforce compliance, and use the item correctly.

By the end of the 19th century, differences in standards between companies, was making trade increasingly difficult and strained. Hence the establishment of professionally supported standards organizations.  Progress was nevertheless slow. Suppliers in many industries including construction objected to standard material specifications and testing procedures because they feared that strict quality controls would make customers more inclined to reject items and default on contracts.

There was plenty of back and forth on the issue but the demand by material end users like the powerful railroad industry finally led to the formation of the American Society of Testing and Materials in 1898.

To this day, the ASTM remains one of the key standards organizations in the world. And in the area of wall panel, it provides some of the key standards for materials used in building design and construction. Continue reading

Revolutionary New Aluminum Composite Wall Panel Changes the Way ACP is Made and Installed

Aluminum Composite Panels or ACP have been around for more than 30 years and their primary benefits have always been pretty much the same—faster to install than other surfaces like precast, granite or brick. They’re also light weight, thus saving money by reducing structural steel requirements, since less support structure is needed.
PVDF coatings used today guarantee these panels will retain their original luster for decades, ensuring their aesthetic appeal and maintaining property value without the need for rehab. They are specifically designed to resist the elements and protect against air and water infiltration and… most of an aluminum composite panel is comprised of recycled content.Englert Aluminum Composite Panels on building.

With the exception of better coatings, little however has changed with ACP – until now.
Architects, builders, general contractors and building owners may find it interesting that this month a new and revolutionary ACP product has entered the marketplace—one that will change forever the way ACP is made, specified and installed. This revolutionary new “snap and go” aluminum composite wall panel system installs in less than half the time of conventional ACM products that have been around for more than 30 years.

Unlike existing ACP products, the new ACP is a randomly installed wall panel system where grids of tough PVC attachment strips are attached to an exterior or interior wall and multiple panels are quickly snapped into place along the grid.  Installation can begin anywhere on the wall surface and allows workers to install the PVC grids while others are snapping in the panels. The process takes less than half the time of traditional sequentially installed systems—already faster than other materials–where each panel must be positioned and installed one at a time. Continue reading

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