Kalzip FC rainscreen system
Here, Donna Mac, Facades Sales Manager for the UK shares her knowledge and provides an insight into this flexible and economical rainscreen solution by Kalzip.
- What is the Kalzip FC rainscreen system?
It’s a fast to install lightweight aluminium modular plank system suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects.
Although mainly fixed horizontally, panels can also be laid vertically with a few design considerations taken into account. It can be installed by specialist envelope contractors, façade engineers, curtain wall cladding contractors or roofing and cladding contractors with the relevant experience. Training courses are available.
- What is the main feature of the system compared to alternative rainscreen systems?
One of the unique features of the Kalzip FC rainscreen system is its ability to be installed in any direction – from top to bottom or bottom to top. Individual panels can be inserted into position anywhere within an elevation. This makes it great if there are scaffolding or a need for mast climbers as these last panels can be positioned at the end of the process.
- How is the system installed?
Installation is simple. Once the Kalzip FC carrier rails are lined, levelled and fixed with the suitable sub frame – panels are hooked in and then slid into position for alignment.
- What sub-constructions are available?
Any proprietary sub construction can be used – normally if the support is back to SFS framing then a horizontal sub-frame using helping hand brackets and horizontal L angles allows for the Kalzip FC carrier rails to span vertically at centres dependant on the project’s wind loads. However, if fixing back to blockwork or brickwork a specially designed ‘U’ bracket can be used. It is also possible to fix the Kalzip FC carrier rails in conjunction with a composite insulated panel.
- How flexible is the system and is it suitable for any type of project?
The system is extremely flexible! With various panel lengths a brick bond style effect can be created. Different panel lengths and/or module widths can then also be incorporated to add further interest. Architects can then consider a mix of colours and finishes or consider horizontal and vertical variations. The product has been used on hospital schemes, school façades, offices, hotel façades, and refurbishment or used to over clad tired old buildings.
- What profiles, colours and finishes are available?
Standard profiles are 300mm, 400mm and 500mm wide with options to consider 250mm, 350mm and 450mm modules too. Colours range from standard PVDF colours with 30% gloss to our special HPC range with matt finish 3% gloss.
We also can offer stock colours using our AluPlusPatina mill finish aluminium, bronze and champagne. Other specialist finishes include decorative wood paint finishes, zinc paint effect, stone paint effect and even corten paint effect. Perforated and also a micro-rib finish in 400mm module is available.
- Can you replace any damaged panels?
The Kalzip FC rainscreen system is designed specifically to allow for panel replacement so a simple tool allows panels to be removed and if necessary replaced in a few easy steps – attending one of our training courses demonstrates this process.
- What components and accessories are available?
The Kalzip FC rainscreen system is supplied with all the suitable components including a fixed point clamp and guidance snapper to ensure expansion and contraction of the aluminium panels are dealt with. Flashing support angles that clip easily onto the carrier rail allows for joint flashing trims to be installed very simply. Setting out tools and toolkits are provided to enable panel removal and correct alignment.