Facade installation processes
In the industry, curtain walls and panel facades are typically referred to as "lightweight," as they apply to the building but do not form part of its resistant structure. The curtain wall is a continuous installation, while the panel facade is framed. These types of facades may be easier to install, but they provide less sound or heat insulation. A heavyweight facade can sometimes be load-bearing, depending on the thermal insulation requirements of the structure. These facades can include hollow and solid elements.
Some people like the traditional look and acquire a facade that is made from conventional materials like wood, stone or brick. Others may want a prefabricated facade that can be joined together elsewhere or assembled on-site prior to installation.
You may want to choose expanded mesh cladding, which can be made from stainless steel, copper, or aluminium. Alternatively, concrete skin GRC cladding comes in a wide range of colours and can produce a lightweight but long-lasting facade for a high-rise building.
Facades are often installed using the "stick" system approach. This is prevalent in low or mid-rise buildings and involves the use of an aluminium frame. Alternatively, unitary systems allow for panels to be fabricated and delivered to the site ready for installation. This is a much faster approach than the stick system and is great where large areas need to be covered with a curtain wall.
During installation, the team from Aspire Facades will erect special frames known as mullions and transoms that will transfer loads from the panels to the building itself. These frames are carefully designed and installed to deal with the loads involved and the threat of wind.