Why Choose Proclad
Monolithic skins as opposed to laminate skins remove any possibility of separation under any condition including fire. Production forming of panel enhances the structural performance of solid skins as opposed to routing forming methods that destroys the structural integrity of laminates.
Non combustible substrates as opposed to laminates that are treated to minimize contribution to a fire and minimize smoke emission.
Environmentally friendly – Monolithic skins are 100% recyclable (approximately 65% of aluminum sheet is recycled material). All crop and knockouts during manufacture are immediately recycled and future generations can exercise this same option when building service life has been realized. Laminates go directly to the landfill.
Dry joints – Monolithic skins can be configured to provide positive rain screen at all horizontal joints. Dry joint laminates are configured to picture frame returns on all four sides.
Rain Screen Principles – Monolithic skins can be configured to provide positive rain screen at all horizontal joints. Dry joint laminates are configured to picture frame returns on all four sides.
Pressure and temperature equalized – Horizontal joint design provides for continuous cavity venting at the base of each panel course.
Configuration flexibility – Monolithic skins can be welded, stamped, spun, and drawn.
Structural integrity – The more configurations that you incorporate into a panel, the stronger it becomes.
Total concealed fastening system – Monolithic skins and Proclad design combine to offer a completely concealed fastening system. Exposed fasteners become an architechtural weak spot due to paint incompatibility and touch up requirements.
PVC coating protection on monolithic skins are applied immediately after coating and remain in place through manufacturing shipping and product installation. Strippable PVC is removed only at the sequence of installation.
Excellent flatness tolerances – Light gauge monolithic substrates lend themselves to tension leveling ensuring that panel fabrication begins with a flat sheet, production processes, sparring, shipping and installation procedures are required only to maintain the flatness tolerances established in the tension leveling process.
Non welded corners – Precoated panels cannot be surface welded resulting in open corners. Structural requirements are built in behind the panel surface but the joint remains exposed.
Minimal paint corner crazing – Forming of monolithic skins create a stretching of the material over the neutral axis of the skin and the stretching action causes crazing of the substrate resulting in a telegraphing of the crazing through the paint surface. Precoated substrates such as aluminum will repair and protect the aluminum through an oxidizing process, but the paint crazing will be visible when viewed from within 5 feet of the panel.
Paint precoat signature – The precoating process requires that the paint be pushed onto the substrate from a roller and dependant on the precoating facility a pattern or signature will show on the panel. Generally visible when viewed closer than arms length.