Towards the end of the 1990s Shackerley introduced SureClad®, its own innovative range of cladding systems, enabling UK architects to use large format ceramic granite panels in external ventilated façade applications for the very first time. Shackerley has led this sector of the cladding market in the UK ever since with its fully prefabricated, installation-ready systems, and today SureClad® is also being specified in the USA, Brazil and several Mainland European countries.
SureClad® systems have been installed in new build and refurbishment projects in every sector of the market, from healthcare, education and civic and public service buildings to hotels, sports and leisure facilities, retail complexes and general commercial buildings. Specification in the residential sector is also increasing rapidly.
The range of façade materials that can be specified now includes large format engineered stone, crystallised glass, terracotta and even thicker heavier quarried stones such as limestone and granite. Whatever material is employed, the result is a sleek façade, completely uninterrupted by visible fixings. Where solid panels are employed, this is achieved through a patented method of undercut anchorage (feature extruded dual skin panels, which are affixed using a bespoke clip system).
Stainless steel undercut anchors are used to attach fixings to the rear of the solid façade panels so that they can be mounted in a strong, safe, secure and stress free manner onto a SureClad® carrier system. (This method of installation complies with BS 5385 Part 2 which calls for all ceramic cladding panels with a surface area greater than 0.1m2 to be mechanically fixed when used above first floor level.) These fixings will either be SureClad® Access support straps or SureClad® Hang On brackets. The size and weight of the façade panels to be installed will usually dictate which type of SureClad® system is to be used. Click here to see more details of theand the
Offsite prefabrication all takes place in Shackerley’s ISO9001 quality accredited production facilities, helping to deliver the highest quality installation on site and significantly reducing the time and cost involved.
Engineered in high grade aluminium alloy, all SureClad® system component parts and profiles are designed for efficient installation and long service. All primary fixing brackets and horizontal rails are supplied pre-punched with fixed and flex mounting points to accommodate thermal expansion.