panel system

Panels

Regional Animal Health Laboratory, Villaquilambre. Pre-patinated zinc facade made of facade panels (caption)

Characteristics

panel system
panelling system

System of narrow self supporting panels leaving an imprint as a joint between panels.

The direction of the joint is normally horizontal or vertical. It can also lie at a specific angle if required by the project.

The facade panel system covers a wall by fitting together narrow panels. The fastening is hidden. It is installed from the top down, or from one side to another. The panels themselves do not allow curving, so to cover a curved facade the panels have to be installed vertically.

The lengthways joints impress fine or strong lines on the facade, depending on the chosen imprint between the panels, that is variable. These joints appear approximately every 200 to 500mm over the whole facade. Combining different spacing and different imprint widths, it is possible to modulate the facade according to the preferred aesthetic criteria. Looks solid and formal, particularly in dark colours.

As far as technicalities are concerned, maximum care ensures a perfect facade. These technicalities let the metal dilate in response to their every day thermal changes. Even on the facade, this continues to be essential to make sure the panelling lasts a long time. Quinta Metálica uses the same technical details developed and tested in countries such as Germany, Belgium, France and England to guarantee that facades can dilate without any problems.

system of self-supporting panels

Regional Animal Health Laboratory, Villaquilambre, León. Pre-patinated zinc facade made of facade panels (caption)

self-supporting panel system

Facade panel diagram:

façade panel system

System summary

Characteristics Comments
Possible metals: Copper, zinc, stainless steel, titanium
Aesthetics Provides direction to the facade. Formal, solid finish Joints are normally horizontal or vertical but they can also be diagonal
Shapes covered Flat and curved facades Curves only possible by fitting the panels in the opposite direction to the curve
Sealing Totally watertight, partially windproof
Fastening method Zinc: Indirect, with fixed side pieces on the joints, held to the support with screws or rivets. Fastened every 600mm. Mobile side pieces let the zinc dilate lengthways along the panels. Other metals have a lower thermal dilation coefficient so side pieces are not required.
Joint size A mark 25mm deep and between 2 and 30mm high. The height of the mark is variable to reinforce or reduce the visual importance of the joint.
Plate size (between joint axes) From 200 to 500mm wide x (nominally) 3m long maximum Depends on the wind load, the metal and its thickness to be used.
Support required One-off support every 600mm. Normally with metal profiles. Ventilated. The profiles appear every 600mm in the opposite direction to how the panels are fixed.
Cost Medium – high cost
Variations Variations only change how the crossways joints are treated Crossways joint in imprint, in overlap joint or with an auxiliary rib piece.
Auxiliary equipment on site European scaffolding or lifting platforms giving access to the whole surface to be panelled
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