The Importance of Panel Sizes

When an architect envisions a façade for a new project, they would first conceive it as one whole piece. When the details need to be narrowed, the panels’ arrangement is also important, and undoubtedly, an element that contributes to the way the façade is perceived in terms of aesthetics. The more different sized panels are available, the more creative the design that can be achieved. If the possible combinations increase thanks to the machinability of the material, a multiplying effect happens, allowing a greater number of sizes and designs.

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While some materials are suitable to create large panel façades, but not to help other complementary applications like soffits, sunshades, or other small details, some other materials are good for these applications but not to create big façades. When a material can overcome this limitation, then it becomes much more interesting, as it lets the architect play with the panel size and its ease of cutting in order to achieve the desired results in any of these applications.

1. The Original Panel Size

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL)  panels are typically offered in various sizes. The largest ones measure up to over 13′ x 6′. They are easy to manipulate and to transport. Using the panel in its full size can easily fulfill the design of a big façade. Other properties of the panel, such as the color or the finish, contribute to a higher aesthetic value

Trespa® Meteon® Naturals – Rusted Metal

2. The Thickness of the Panels

HPL panels are usually offered in a wide range of thicknesses, which is the third dimension of the panel, and defines the weight on the building. The thickness of the panel is something that needs to be considered carefully, to ensure the selection of the best option for a specific application. One of the advantages of the HPL panel in a façade is that it is much lighter than other materials, but strong enough to resist all exterior forces that impact façades.


3. The Ease of Fabrication

HPL panels have a unique combination of good machinability and excellent physical properties. HPL panels facilitate cutting without running the risk of breaks. Sealing of the exposed edges is not required in contrast to other façade materials.

Trespa® Meteon® Lumen – Athens White

4. The Ease of Installation

HPL panels are extremely easy to install due to their lightweight design. With the use of a well-thought substructure, it is very easy to safely fasten panels, regardless if they are used in their full-size or if they have been cut into smaller panels. HPL compact panel façade systems are tested and come in various types such as exposed, concealed, planks, and lap siding.

Trespa® Meteon® – Sienna Brown & French Walnut

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