Pre-installation Tips for Terracotta Curtain Walls
1. It’s advised to keep the panels clean before installing terracotta curtain walls.
If the surface is covered with cement or mud, remove the it with scoop and brush gently. Then, wipe the surface with wet sponge and rinse the products with clean water. If there is paint on the surface, dilute it with gasoline before rinsing with water. Paneltek is so confident with their products that all customers enjoy an up-to-10-year warranty, during which the terracotta panel will not crack naturally or go moldy. However, if the surface is covered with mold or moss, you can wipe the panels with alcohol and wash them with clean water.
2. Paneltek terracotta products are ceramic products which are fragile and should be protected from any impact during transportation. Please handle them carefully and avoid the crack or chippings from the edge especially. After the panels were taken out from the wooden crate, make sure that the width side of terracotta does not contact directly with the ground or other hard objects which might cause edge crack. We suggest that the length side of terracotta can be put on the steel shelf, the bottom of terracotta shall be protected by foam board to avoid edge abrasion; PE foam or foam board shall be placed between terracotta products to avoid the scratch on the surface.
3. Terracotta products are water absorbable. After absorbing water, the color of would change to some certain extent. In this case, please dry the terracotta products in a good ventilation condition. Please mind that the panels are supposed to be dried completely before installation. Paneltek terracotta products have low water absorption, making the curtain wall stronger and with good resistance against freezing and thawing.
T20 Red Terracotta panel in 300mm width
Daily Maintenance of Terracotta Curtain Wall
As mentioned above, Paneltek terracotta curtain wall can be self-cleaned to a certain degree with the Nano-coating technique. But regular cleaning is still required for the curtain wall. The frequency of cleaning depends on the climate and environmental conditions in the area where the building is located. If dust and taint accumulate over time on the surface of the terracotta curtain wall, use flowing clean water to rain and clean the surface from top to down with a brush. It is advised not to use cotton fabrics to clean terracotta products. Use clean brush and clean water instead to do the maintenance.
With good quality control capacity, Paneltek offers their customers terracotta panels with a variety of colors that would never fade away. The body density of Paneltek terracotta panels is higher than that of some other products in the industry, thus giving them high breaking strength so that the products would become stronger despite external impacts.
Furthermore, customization is another feature of Paneltek. Terracotta panels in different colors and texture are available for customers to choose according to their own needs. Combining different techniques (extrusion and pressing), Paneltek is capable of producing curved and special-shape terracotta panels for customization. These products are also covered with Nano-coating, enabling them to be self-cleaned to a certain degree.