The CERACLAD System

Integrated Rainscreen

Manufactured and proven in Japan for over 30 years, the CERACLAD system incorporates a ventilation layer in the exterior wall structure. A hidden clip system creates an integral rainscreen, allowing moisture to escape and helping prevent mold and dry-rot in walls. The end result is a high-performance vented wall assembly that provides structures with long-term protection against water infiltration, and low maintenance wall surfaces with a long-lasting, beautiful appearance.

Easy Installation

CERACLAD siding panels are designed to allow both horizontal and vertical application, providing greater design flexibility for architects. Installers will find that the innovative panel clip system makes installation easy and straightforward no matter what application is chosen.

In order to have an effective rainscreen system, a fully ventilated cladding with openings to the exterior, both at the top and bottom of the wall, is critical. Simply providing an air space behind the cladding is not enough. In addition, tests found that in order to maximize air flow, each story should have a separate air cavity.

Metal “Reveal Joints” may be used in lieu of a caulking joint.

Proven Technology

LIGHT WEIGHT

CERACLAD hollow core panels are manufactured using an extrusion process to produce durable and light weight panels that are easier to install and reduce stress on the building structure.

EXCEPTIONAL DIMENSIONAL STABILITY

Autoclave curing gives CERACLAD panels exceptional dimensional stability. Other cement panel products can take several years to cure, creating the risk of warpage. CERACLAD panels are cured at precisely controlled pressures and temperatures. During 400 days of testing, CERACLAD hollow core panels expanded less than 1 mm over 10’.

Panels are cured in an autoclave to maximize dimensional stability

Dimensional Stability Exposure Test Results*

*For 2750mm panel section

Material Technology

EXCELLENT RESISTANCE TO FREEZE/THAW CYCLING

CERACLAD hollow core panels are manufactured using an extrusion process to create a large number of independent voids within the base material. This absorbs and relieves pressure due to volume expansion caused by moisture freezing.

CAPILLARY ACTION – Expanding ice escapes into air gaps, relieving pressure and preventing frost damage.

Freeze/Thaw Performance Test

IMPACT RESISTANCE

Because CERACLAD panels are reinforced with thousands of fibers, impact resistance is improved as compared to stucco & thinner fiber-cement siding products.

MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL

Fly ash and pulp are included as recycled materials, reducing resource consumption during production. Consisting of approximately 45% recycled material, the panels are 100% recyclable, factory finished with no VOC, and contain no asbestos.

 

Ceramic Coating Technology

LONG-TERM WEATHER RESISTANCE

CERACLAD’s inorganic ceramic coating has excellent UV blocking properties to protect the colored layer from ultraviolet rays and minimize fading of the outer wall. Maintenance costs are reduced by virtually eliminating the need for repainting. This technology is exclusive to CERACLAD.

The molecular bonds in CERACLAD’s Ceramic Coating are stronger than atmospheric UV energy, so there is no visible color change—even after decades of exposure.

EXPOSURE TEST

CERACLAD panels have been tested in Arizona, Florida and Singapore. Even in Singapore where ultraviolet rays are particularly strong, there was almost no color change. And in the Sunshine Carbon Arc test, an accelerated weathering resistance test which simulates 30 years of sun exposure, there was almost no color change on the CERACLAD panels.

CERACLAD Ceramic Coated panels are available in 15 specially formulated colors and come with a 20-year color guarantee.

EASY GRAFFITI REMOVAL

The protective coating on CERACLAD ceramic panels makes removing graffiti possible. The images below show what happened when we painted a CERACLAD panel and a competitor’s panel with standard acrylic lacquer paint and then tried to remove it with ethanol. The CERACLAD panel cleans up nicely; the other panel, not so much.

Graffiti IMAGE NOTES:

  1. Our ceramic coating does not repel graffiti but facilitates graffiti removal, similar to “non-sacrificial” graffiti treatment products

  2. The ability to remove graffiti will depend on the type of paint used

  3. Ethanol is commonly used for graffiti removal

  4. CERACLAD does not warrant that the performance of the panel coating will be the same after graffiti removal

 

 

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CREATIV Coating Technology

ADVANCED CUSTOM COLOR SYSTEM

Choose your own color with our CREATIV™ custom color program. CERACLAD CREATIV™ panels are made with a custom base coat followed by a clear coat to protect the panels from ultraviolet rays and improve color fastness. Other custom color products are made with just one coat. CREATIV color protection reduces maintenance costs. Our custom color panels come with a 15-year finish warranty.

 

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A UV-absorbent layer protects the custom color

Additional Benefits

THERMAL BARRIER EFFECT

CERACLAD exterior siding products show excellent thermal resistance properties because of their small thermal conductivity, offering nine times the thermal resistance performance compared to stucco. And because there is a ventilation layer, the rainscreen system further increases thermal resistance properties.

NOISE BARRIER EFFECT

Outer walls covered with CERACLAD provide excellent protection from sound in the range of 250 to 1000 Hz where the human ear is most sensitive. In addition to protecting inhabitants against noise from the outside, sound leakage from the inside is also alleviated. And because there is a ventilation layer, the rainscreen system further increases noise barrier effect.

Sound Attenuation

33dB at 1000Hz

29dB at 500Hz

 

MADE FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL

Fly ash and pulp are included as recycled materials, reducing resource consumption during production. Consisting of approximately 45% recycled material, the panels are 100% recyclable, factory finished with no VOC, and contain no asbestos.

Certification

FIRE RESISTANCE CHARACTERISTICS

CERACLAD panels have a Class 1 (A) Flame Spread Classification-0, Smoke Developed Classification-0 when tested in accordance with ASTM E84. Panels are Non-Combustible when tested in accordance with ASTM E136. CERACLAD hollow core and solid core panels comply with the requirements specified by ASTM E136-09 to be considered as non-combustible.

ASSEMBLY WIND RESISTANCE

ASTM E330 Standard Test Methods of Conducting Strength Test of Panels for Building Construction. Maximum allowable transverse loads, based on a safety factor of 3, are available for the following combinations of wall assembly and CERACLAD assembly:

 

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