For terracotta rainscreen cladding applications
For terracotta rainscreen cladding applications, not all fiber cement panels are created equally. Togen is pleased to offer Paneltek products that are air-cured, a process where cement-based products cure naturally, with a 28-day curing process, that uses saves energy and reduces internal panel stress.
An air-cured fiber cement product is always superior to an autoclaved product, as the panels are dried naturally over time, allowing for natural chemical bonding of the fibers and taking out the added heat energy and internal panel stress.
To assist the design community, Paneltek and Togen have developed a comparison of the characteristics of Air-cured Fiber Cement versus Autoclaved Fiber Cement. Ingredients and heating create very different crystal structures, resulting in products that are not the same.
We hope the discussion will provide additional insight for designers who are committed to sustainability manufactured, high-performance fiber cement terracotta cladding panels designed for large-scale, long-term construction.