“It’s a real easy system to work with…the way it hangs, it’s basically like hanging shelves.”
– Bill Miller, Zephyr Aluminum
To help ensure a successful and profitable installation, Avenere Cladding offers comprehensive detailed shop drawings, a Pre-Construction Orientation, and Jobsite Orientation (currently being performed virtually).
While we maintain competitive material pricing, so much of Avenere Cladding’s affordability comes down to installers understanding and being educated on just how easy it is to install over competing systems. The main factors which separate us from the competition are:
1. Marine-grade Aluminum Support Profiles
Support Profiles are 5083 aluminum and come in 9’9” (3-meter) lengths and are available in a variety of depths, typically 2-⅛” (55-mm) deep.
The upward-facing hooks on the Support Profiles are engineered to engage precisely with the reinforcing ribs of the panels. As a result, individual Support Profiles are engineered differently for each different size of panel and are not interchangeable.
Support Profiles for most panel heights have convenient notches to indicate where to cut.
2. Marine-grade Aluminum Joint Inserts
Joint Inserts come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. They are produced from powder-coated aluminum, and are made to just snap into place in the Support Profile. The Joint Inserts also come in 9’9” (3-meter) lengths and, while they are finished with a black powder-coating as standard, they can be powder-coated to a color of your choosing.
Flanges located on the side of the Joint Insert are designed to mate with the registered tab marks (“half-disc” indentures) on the Support Profile, so each Joint Insert is designed for a specific size of Support Profile and panel, and are not interchangeable.
Available Joint Inserts (click image below to view more detail)
Closed Joint – Flush (Most commonly used), Recessed, or Proud.
Blank Joint Insert – for corner and window jamb details.
Open Joint Insert
Fine-Line Joint Insert – Flush, Recessed, or Proud.
To avoid any unauthorized removal of panels, the Joint Insert has a Security Tab cut into the tongue. This can easily be turned down with a screwdriver during the installation and will effectively lock the panel into place. On many installations, this is done on the first six to eight feet above grade.
3. Terra-cotta Panels
NeaCera Terra-cotta Panels are extruded solid-wall panels with integral reinforcing ribs configured to match the upward-facing hooks on the required Support Profile.
Once the Support Profiles and Joint Inserts have been installed on the elevations, the rainscreen panels, which weigh only 7.2 lbs./sf., are installed. Using our unique “Lift & Lock” installation method, NeaCera Panels are secured into place by lifting the reinforcing ribs on the panel over the corresponding upward-facing hooks on the Support Profile, and then tapped into place.
The Joint Insert is designed to keep a perfectly uniform vertical joint line no matter how tall the elevation. Compare this to the many other systems that rely on the installer measuring or using a small spacer to gauge the vertical joint line.
NeaCera is a non-sequential system, meaning that any panel on the elevation can be removed or replaced without having to remove any of the surrounding panels.
NeaCera’s lighter weight makes it easier to carry, which means increased productivity on every installation while reducing structural support backup.
Additional weight adds additional costs to all aspects of a terra-cotta rainscreen system. Using heavier panels means:
See how we compare on coverage of a 5 sq.ft. area: