Fixing an open facade cladding: how does that work?

14 February 2023
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An open facade cladding is a way to protect the outside walls of a building against the elements and at the same time give it a beautiful appearance. There are several types of open facade cladding, such as perforated metal panels, mesh-like materials, and wooden slats. But how exactly do you fix this facade cladding?

One of the advantages of open facade cladding is that it improves air circulation in a building, contributing to a healthier indoor climate. Open facade cladding can also contribute to a building's energy efficiency by reducing the heat from the sun and improving cooling.

Another advantage of open cladding is that it offers a large choice of design options. The options to mix and match materials and designs are endless. So a building with a unique look. Open facade cladding can be combined with other building materials, such as glass or wood, to create a facade that is not only functional, but also a delight to look at.

However, open cladding can also comes with some challenges. It can be difficult to find the right balance between protection and aesthetics. In addition, open cladding can entail maintenance costs, such as cleaning or replacing the materials.

How do you fix open facade cladding?

Open cladding can be fixed to a building in several ways, depending on the type of cladding and the specific requirements of the building. Some of the most common methods are:

  • Fixing with screws or plugs: this is one of the most commonly used methods of fixing facade panels to the wall.

  • Fixing with nails or tackers: this is another common method of fixing open facade panels.

  • Fixing with clips or hooks: some types of open cladding, such as mesh-like materials, are often attached with clips or hooks. These clips are attached to the wall and the cladding is hooked in.

  • Fastening with glue or sealant: it is also possible to use glue or sealant. Only facade cladding specifically designed to be fixed this way.

  • Special sub-frame: IPEX is the manufacturer of i-Facade, a range of sub-frames completely made to measure, so that the cladding fits perfectly, resulting in a beautiful facade.

It is important to consult with a professional to find out which fixing method is best for the cladding to be installed. IPEX takes into account the specific requirements regarding the panels, the building, the facade structure, the weather conditions and the aesthetic appearance.

A good sub-frame system is key to open facade cladding

A high quality sub-frame system is critical to fixing open facade cladding. It helps to hold the cladding in place and prevents it from loosening or moving due to wind or other weather conditions.

A good sub-frame system is important for:

  • Safety: Cladding that is not properly fixed can come loose during a storm or other weather conditions and pose a hazard.

  • Ventilation and light: a good sub-frame system helps to keep the cladding at the right distance from the wall, allowing for sufficient ventilation and light. This helps to maintain a healthy indoor climate and can contribute to the energy efficiency of the building.

  • Thermal and acoustic performance: A sub-frame system can also be used to install insulation between the cladding and the wall. This can help to reduce heat or sound transmission and contributes to better thermal and acoustic performance of the building.

In short, a good sub-frame system ensures that the facade cladding is safe, aesthetically attractive, energy-efficient, with sufficient ventilation and light. It is therefore highly recommended to consult with a professional to decide on the sub-frame system that best suits your building and cladding.

IPEX Group, specialist in EPDM and fixing systems

With 25 years' experience in custom roof and facade fixings, IPEX is the best partner to help you to build a beautiful building. We can deliver quickly in all kinds of combinations and in thousands of colours, from our own factory. Our sales team is happy to help you order the right products. Let us take away the hassle, so you can focus on building.

Do you have a question about fixing open facade cladding? Please feel free to contact us.