The patented SureClad® Access system boasts an innovative Queens’ Award winning design that delivers a package of unique benefits for façade designers, installation contractors and maintenance teams.
Originally developed to install ceramic granite ventilated façades, the Access system may also be used in conjunction with engineered stone, crystallised glass and terracotta and even certain quarried stone panels. Requiring only one horizontal rail per course of panels, it can potentially be used to install panels up to 1200mm x1200mm (depending on façade material and panel thickness). The largest and heaviest panels offered by Shackerley will usually be fitted using thewhich incorporates two horizontal rails per course.
Comprising a strong and lightweight series of vertical and horizontal aluminium rails and brackets, the SureClad® Access System can be rapidly installed on site and allows for considerable flexibility in design. In conventional site constructed projects, the standard vertical ‘T’ profile and uniquely profiled horizontal rail will be used to create the substructure.
SureClad® Access System façade panels are supplied with two aluminium straps already fitted, secured with stainless steel undercut anchors. While the upper part of each strap is secured to the horizontal rail immediately above it (with self-drill, self tap screws) the lower part is engaged (but not mechanically fixed) into the receiving slot in the lower horizontal rail.
The key differentiating features of the SureClad® Access System are the uniquely profiled design of the horizontal rail, and the ‘floating tail’ (described above). These elements of the design combine to create a robust yet very flexible system that has the following advantages over traditional ‘hang on’ systems: