When specifying rainscreen support systems for your project, consideration must be taken as to the type of system required. A ventilated façade can be constructed using different tested and certified framing systems, each with their own advantages in terms of aesthetics, installation and performance. Cladding panels must be installed on a sub-frame of sufficient strength and permanent durability and the quality and/or treatment of the sub-frame must be in accordance with applicable building standards.
There are three types of common fixing methods used to secure façade cladding panels back to a stainless steel or aluminium rail substructure, these are:
- Face Fix otherwise known as Through Fix or Visible Fix, which includes the use of rivets or screws.
- Secret Fix or Concealed Fix, which involves bonding the panels with recommended adhesives (Please contact us in relation to fire performance)
- Manufacturer specialist fixing systems, which include Mechanical Secret Fixing Systems using SFS TUF-S thread cutting concealed screws or KIEL undercut anchor fixings.
At Gordian Building Solutions we work with some of the UK’s most reputable rainscreen frame and fixing manufacturers to ensure we are providing our clients with a quality rainscreen framing and fixing solutions most suitable to their requirements.
Screw fix to aluminium subframe:
The easiest and most cost effective way of fixing decorative cladding is direct onto an aluminium substrate using mechanical fixings. We can supply vandal resistant torx fixings, powder coated to colour match the board and are generally used with a neoprene gasket to give a shadow line effect.
Rivet fix to aluminium subframe:
For a lightweight and low maintenance alternative, decorative cladding can be fixed to an aluminium sub frame. The system is fully adjustable to accommodate even the most awkward and uneven scenario. It is available with cavity ranges from 50mm to 420mm allowing for a smooth and consistent lines across the facade.
Mechanical Secret fix: Hangers, Rails and Screws:
To obtain clean looking uninhibited lines and contours, panels can be installed using an ‘invisible’ or secret fixing system (SFS). This is achieved using an aluminium frame consisting of hangers fixed to the rear of the board. The system varies depending on the cladding panel used.