Earthquake-Resistant Facades: Are Strong Porcelain Panels Right for Your Best Designs?

Why should you know about earthquake-resistant facades when specifying exterior porcelain panels? On January 17, 1994, at 4:30 AM in the San Fernando Valley in California, the Northridge earthquake occurred for 10 – 20 seconds. For those who’ve never experienced an earthquake, 10 to 20 seconds doesn’t sound very long. Here are some figures to… Continue reading Earthquake-Resistant Facades: Are Strong Porcelain Panels Right for Your Best Designs?

“Dang It! I Just found out my engineers want to poke holes through my porcelain cladding. What do I do?”

Technical Bulletin: Penetrations & Signage Installation

Pro Design Tip: Coordinate your exterior panel designs early and often with your mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers. Specifically, you want to make sure you know where they’ll have pipes, lights, louvers, and outlets on the outside of your building. And you want them to know where positioning and location of those penetrations is crucial to your design. That… Continue reading “Dang It! I Just found out my engineers want to poke holes through my porcelain cladding. What do I do?”

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Another Hidden Reason Porcelain is the Best Material for Your Façade Design

To be clear, we’re not talking about ceramic tile. Or interior porcelain tile. We’re talking about technical porcelain. We fire your exterior porcelain cladding panels so they absorb less than 0.1% of water. Making them virtually impervious to moisture. Compare that to industry standards for other tiles (water absorption rates): Porcelain: ≤ 0.5% (which is… Continue reading Another Hidden Reason Porcelain is the Best Material for Your Façade Design

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Looking Up! The Upside to Using Exterior Porcelain Cladding for Your Soffits

Technical Bulletin: Ventilated Façade System Soffit Installation As you develop your design and details for your next exterior porcelain cladding project, don’t forget the soffits. And be sure to download our helpful technical bulletin to help you visualize and understand the best practices for detailing porcelain panel soffits as part of your ventilated façade system. Check… Continue reading Looking Up! The Upside to Using Exterior Porcelain Cladding for Your Soffits

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Take your building facade design to the next level by designing your own unique porcelain cladding material

Let’s just say, after looking through the 300+ porcelain colors and textures in our Stone, Concrete, Metal, Wood, Technic and Decorative Porcelain Series featured in our catalog… …You still haven’t found the just-right perfect porcelain façade panel. It happens. We get it. After all, we’re designers, too. That’s why we’ve created the “Design Your Porcelain” Program. Now… Continue reading Take your building facade design to the next level by designing your own unique porcelain cladding material

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Do you make these mistakes when choosing exterior cladding systems?

Whether you know it or not, you may have already been participating in some form of design assist services with product manufacturers. But maybe you’re not getting all the benefits that come with a design assist partner…In talking to other architects, we’ve found the industry term “design assist” isn’t as understood as we always thought.… Continue reading Do you make these mistakes when choosing exterior cladding systems?

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How to Work With a Design Assist Partner

Whether you know it or not, you may have already been participating in some form of design assist services with product manufacturers. But maybe you’re not getting all the benefits that come with a design assist partner…In talking to other architects, we’ve found the industry term “design assist” isn’t as understood as we always thought.… Continue reading How to Work With a Design Assist Partner

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New Product Alert: Terracotta Porcelain Series

Architects and designers loved the look of architectural terracotta for centuries. And it’s making a return in our modern building facades. Now, you can have the look of terracotta cladding panels without the worries. The warm, classic look of terracotta without the danger of your cladding deteriorating or failing over the years. With technical porcelain, you… Continue reading New Product Alert: Terracotta Porcelain Series

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