Cassette panel is a hook-on metal cladding system, which can be easily utilized for both external and internal applications. This panel is extremely versatile and can be applied in multiple directions to a variety of substrates such as plywood, concrete, glass etc. This modern looking system is suitable for vertical and horizontal constructions on low to high-rise buildings for both new and renovation projects. The panels are bent and fixed with invisible clips and top hats to an aluminum frame, which has load bearing structure security. Cassette panels are considered as open jointed system and follow the rain screen systems, which means they are installed in a way that they can have ventilated airspace.
Cassettes, which are used in façade sector, are produced from the development of components, which are utilized in large areas, and they are made for particularly fast and as a result cost-effective assembly. In addition, sheet metal is used in cassettes in order to reduce the cost alternative to any composite cladding system. However, unlike sheet metal cladding, this system does not require silicon or caulking during application. With the help of patented mounting system the panels can easily and quickly snapped into a specific place, moving from bottom to top. For additional flair, pre-fabricated flashings and trims are recommended which can fit onto any channel. This type of cladding offers an innovative façade solution, which brings flat and modern appearance. There are installed on a appropriate substructures and generate a futuristic, technological visual effects which is suitable for administrative buildings and commercial facilities. This system is generally specified for designs, which demand larger lengths or widths in comparison to normal panels.
Basics of Horizontal Cassette Panel System
As it is obvious from the name, horizontal cassette systems are mounted and installed from bottom to top. The panels are indirectly attached in concealed areas. This will give the builder the required freedom for creating all stylistic aspects when it comes to utilizing this type of system. Horizontal cassette panels are often made in a way to have 25mm depth and a fixed, specified shadow gap with 20mm diameter. These diameters values are mirrored by the rail, which is used for fastening and is an important forming part of the system. Cassette panel system is suitable for constructing external claddings which have length of up to 3,000mm. The system façade grid can be chosen and installed equivalent to the need and demand of the customer.
Installation of Cassette Panels
Installing procedure of cassette panels, require establishing the positioning of elements, which are used in framework. In framework process, exact measurements and quantity of panels which includes length, width and center-to-center height is required. Typical cassettes have an up-stand at the top and it is fixed to the framework with clips and another up-stand that is at the bottom, which locates into the clips on the previous panel. For the panels, which are longer than 1.5m horizontally, slotting for fixing is needed in order to have expansion tolerance. Fixing clips are tested and designed to be compatible with the design and performance basis of the application or project. These clips are dual functional. These functions are ensuring the lift up resistance and adding free expansion space to the cladding and the metal.
Cassette Panel Advantages and Benefits
The Cassette panel system need a heavier gauge material and can be installed using aluminum clips and can take aluminum top had substructure. This gives the system an overall structural stability. Interlocking system, which is a solid panel installing method directly on to a galvanized top hat and then fixed firmly on the base element of the building, can extremely increase the stability.
These panels are smooth and modern looking pieces and have flat appearance while having negative details.
Cassettes are waterproof without the use of exposed sealants and mastics. This allow the water to flow without entering the wall structure and damaging it. In addition, they are created with more robust systems, which are built to have 50-100 years of lifespan. Thus, they require minimal maintenance.
This cladding system is economical due to its purity and creating minimum wastage of materials ability. It is good to mention that they are also hundred percent recyclable materials.