Why use a system that requires ANY clips or gaskets?
NeaCera® uses a unique Lift & Lock Installation system that was designed to eliminate having to use any clips.
Imagine a 45,000-sf terra-cotta rainscreen project using 12” x 36” hollow-core panels. (You would not want to go larger than this because of the panel weight: up to 45-lbs/panel.) There will be at least 2, if not 3, clips (dependent on whose system you might use) required to secure and lock each panel in place. Each panel is 3-sf, so there are 15,000 panels to be installed. At 3-clips per panel, you will need to order 50,000-clips (at least 10% overage for lost or broken clips). (By the way, that might also translate into drilling 55,000 drill-holes in the aluminum sub-construction as well.) This will require at least 2 skilled craftsmen to install the panels at your skilled craftsman’s hourly labor-rate.
Why would I need to add as much as 10% overage? Imagine that your Installer is 10-stories up on a swing-stage, when he knocks over his bucket of clips. Does he:
a) go down to ground level and collect up all the fallen clips before resuming with the installation; or
b) call down for a new bucket full to be sent up to him?
You have entered a CLIP-FREE zone!
Our experienced Installers tell us that using unskilled laborers, they can install NeaCera® panels at the rate of 80-sf/hour. They can only install around 40-sf/hour with the hollow-core systems – and even less than that if the panels are any larger than 3- to 4-sf.
So…why use a system that requires any CLIPS or GASKETS?