is how Metal Panel Material… Mounting System… Fabricator… Installer… or all 4?? This continues to be probably the most confused topic in the Metal Panel Façade industry. We have broken this important topic into four parts. If you missed the first, second or third parts you can find them below: Part I: Sheet Material Part II: Installation Systems Part III: Fabrication This fourth and final part in the series looks at installation as the last topic in our overview of the supply chain from raw material to the building: Sheet Material > Installation System > Fabrication > Installation INSTALLATION: The Installer installs (obviously) the fabricated panels on the building. Sometimes they are also the Fabricator, and often their scope includes other areas such as waterproofing, fenestration, storefronts, glazing, and roofing. The Installation of the fabricated panels onto the building is possibly the most important piece of the puzzle… the best panels with the best system installed wrong can be disastrous a few years, or sooner, down the road. Important considerations for specifiers for installers are similar to that of fabricators, such as:
- Ensuring the installer is trained and certified by the system manufacturer (and not just “pay-to-play”)
- knowing that the installer understands the important considerations of the system you are specifying (i.e. effects of thermal expansion), and that the installer has a good relationship with the fabricator, system manufacturer and the panel manufacturer.
- Download sample specifications that make the differentiation between Panel Manufacturer and Installation System clear: https://fairview-na.com/installation-systems/