When it comes to highly durable, long-lasting, and visually appealing exterior paneling options, few can match the capabilities of phenolic panels. Manufactured under stringent pressure and temperature standards with state-of-the-art technologies, they are easy to maintain and built to weather even the harshest outdoor conditions. This also makes them readily suitable for a wide range of exterior applications. Today, let’s explore what phenolic panels are in more detail.
Phenolic panels are ideal for modern builds seeking a clean and sleek exterior aesthetic. They are manufactured with natural fibres (a resin) and a kraft paper core along with decorative patterning and UV-protective layering. These are otherwise known as wood composite or resin panels – a hint at the materials used in their construction – though it should be noted that they are not limited to a wood-like appearance. In fact, you can order phenolic panels for your build in a variety of top layer finishes including stone, metallic, and even matte alternatives.
The manufacturing process is similar, in a sense, to that of molding plywood, with specific heat and pressure conditions used to cure the materials in the desired form factor. Less material is wasted in their production as well, owing largely to the fact that they can be manufactured and used in modular configurations, which means that they’re also a more cost-effective solution.
An Eco-Friendly Alternative
It should be noted that phenolic panels generally are free of chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and other organic halogen compounds, which is a serious win for the environment (not to mention firms keen on the greenest developments possible). They are also free of mercury and cadmium, and you won’t find any asbestos here. And, due to their nonporous finish, they are ideally suited to environments where regular contact with various chemicals occurs, such as in factory or laboratory settings. This non-porosity also makes them very easy to clean and maintain, and they even can help you earn LEED credits due to their use of recyclable materials!
Phenolic panels are renowned for their imperviousness to moisture buildup and bacteria. As noted, UV rays are also kept at bay, meaning that they are ideally suited for applications in almost any climate. And, despite the presence of natural materials, they offer better acoustic insulation and even fire protection compared to standard wood or drywall.
The installation of phenolic panels is relatively straightforward, affixed to the sides of the building in question via a specialized fastener system. Clients have the option of ordering with concealed fasteners, which provide the cleanest lines and a beautiful, smooth appearance. Or, go the exposed fastener route for a more cost-effective and even more streamlined installation option. The latter utilizes riveting or screws that can be coloured to match the panels, which ensures they don’t interfere with the visual aesthetic of the finished exterior siding.
Phenolic panels, in short, are phenomenal. Firms and clients alike favour them for their rugged, durable nature and suitability in a wide array of environments and applications, not to mention their beautiful appearance and environmental-friendly materials. To learn more about exterior siding solutions for your latest building project, our team at Alumax Panel is happy to assist. Get in touch with one of our experts today, and let’s go over your plans together.