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Correct Cladding Installation Methods with Fairview Architectural

Correct Cladding Installation Methods with Fairview Architectural

The Importance of Correct Cladding Installation

With the cladding industry constantly under the spotlight, the issue of correct cladding installation methods is a serious issue but sadly not one that tends to make the front pages. Fairview Architectural sheds light on the three main points that must be considered when installing any form of exterior façade:

  • Fire Performance
  • Weathertightness
  • Installation Engineering

Getting the right balance between these areas is important in creating a safe and aesthetically pleasing façade. It can also be the determining factor if a wall build-up is compliant or not.

Fire Performance

The installation method has a direct impact on the fire performance of a façade. Manufacturers design and test systems with a particular installation method so it's critical to replicate the design set out in the installation guidelines for the specific product you are planning to use on your project to achieve the proven fire performance.

Deviating from this can result in contrary fire performance like using tape fix or face fixing will give an entirely different fire performance outcomes to using the industry standard cassette fixing for metal cladding. Click here to see an example of how incorrect installation was used to fail a recent fire test.

Weathertightness

Weathertightness or weather protection is also an essential function of the façade and imperative to the longevity of any building. The façade acts as the primary barrier for water ingress and therefore plays a highly important role in the whole wall build-up. Weathertightness is guaranteed if the façade is correctly installed to the specification provided by the manufacturer. For example, the standard cassette fix installation relies on the caulking/sealants to prevent water passing through past the panel, whereas the same panel installed as part of a rain-screen system would rely on your substrate to act as your primary water barrier. Both systems when correctly installed are equally resilient to water ingress.

Installation Engineering

Installation engineering is typically done on a project and application-specific basis and looks at criteria such as wind loading and minimum fixing requirements for the façade. Normally, when looking at a cassette system, these are relatively simple calculations that affect the frequency of the fixings and supporting accessories such as stiffeners. This prevents the panels from losing their structural performance over a period of time.

Highlighting the importance of correct installation methods is key to ensuring that the performance of your façade meets the standards set by the manufacturer.

As a responsible manufacturer, Fairview is committed to ensuring safe and compliant use of its full range of façade products. Fairview has also developed the industry's first accredited training courses for installers in partnership with the Master Builders Association. The SafeClad training and accreditation program is paving the way and setting the standard for required knowledge within the industry.

For more information on correct cladding installation, visit www.fv.com.au.

Correct Cladding Installation Methods

Cladding Installation Methods

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