Installation Guidelines for FRP Panels:
Read all instructions before installation. Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Panels should only be installed over solid wall surfaces
(gypsum board, concrete board, wood, cinder block, etc.). Wall surfaces should be clean, flat, dry and smooth. Uneven wall surfaces should be corrected for bes
t results. FRP Panels will form to the contour of the wall surface when attached. For more detailed information, click the link on the left und
er PDF's to print the FRP Panel Installation Instructions.
Inspection, Storage and Preparation
FRP Panels should be
inspected promptly upon receipt and stored in a dry area with a temperature of 55° or more for a period of 48 hours for best results. Before in
stallation FRP panels should be unwrapped and removed from the pallet, then carefully stacked on a flat, dry surface.
br />Southwest Vault Builders distributes and recommends electric metal and fiberglass shears with bi-parting blades. FRP panels should also be cut using pow
er circular saws with carbide or masonry blades. FRP panels may be drilled for fastening with a metal drill bit. A masonry bit should be used w
hen drilling in concrete, if required. Remember to always wear protective eye lenses when cutting fiberglass plastic panels.
ion & Contraction
All brands of FRP Panels will expand and contract due to changes in temperature and environment. It is i
mportant to allow a 1/8" gap at the ceiling and panel base. Allow a 1/16" gap between panels and division bars. If face mounted moldings. Allow mor
e space for expansion and contraction of FRP panels longer than 8' and in areas with high fluctuations in temperature. Pre-drilled holes for FRP
panels should be slightly larger than the diameter of fastener shank to allow for normal expansion and contraction. No
te: Allow for expansion of FRP panels when installing around pipes, conduits, electrical outlets, etc.
Moldings & Sealants
The use of trim moldings and sil
icone sealant with FRP liner panels is recommended to achieve a moisture resistant installation. Cut moldings to size and place silicone se
alant into channel of moldings during installation. Place moldings on panels before fastening, if required.
In high moisture and frequent wash down areas, silicone should be placed between moldings
and floor to prevent moisture from penetrating the back of the FRP panel substrates. On cement floors, use a self-priming sealant. If no moldings are used,
silicone sealant should be placed in gaps at floor, ceiling and between panels for moisture resistant installation. Remove excess silicone during ins
tallation or trim off after silicone has cured.(see above link)
In high moisture areas or certain situation
s, fiberglass plastic panels should be installed with non-corroding fasteners. We recommend plastic pin rivets, chrome pin rivets, on piece nylon rivets,
stainless nails or screws. Fasteners should be installed to fit snug, but should not be over tightened. Carefully select the proper length
and width of rivet fastener for the covered project substrate. "Nydrives" may be used to fasten FRP panels to wood, metal, drywal
l, concrete, insulation and more.
The use of a FRP formulated adhesive is highly recommended when installing panels to all types of substrates. We can help you find the
best suited FRP adhesive for your application and then it is recommended to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Adhesive should be app
lied to the entire back side of the FRP panel about 1/4" (6.4 mm) thick, using the manufactures suggested size trowel. After applying adhesive,
it is imperative to secure the FRP panels with an adjustable rolling tool to properly "set" the FRP panel and substrate.
- First FRP panel installed should be set true with a plumb line.
- Check plumb line during installatio
- Do not fasten edges of FRP panels until moldings are in place.
- FRP panel / fastener layout / solid wall:
- Fasten FRP panel at c
enter and work outward.
- Fasteners based upon 16" center
- Fasteners should be staggered on opposite FRP panel edges and next to
division bar for flat seam.
- Liner panels should be pre-drilled for fastener installation using a guide panel.
- Vinyl or aluminum moldings can be used in the above diagram.
- Vinyl moldings should not be used
for exterior applications.
- Vinyl moldings are DA and USDA accepted. Aluminum moldings should not be used where FDA and USDA acceptance
- Cut moldings as needed for proper fit. The divider, ISC & OSC moldings may need to be cut to accommodate ceilin
g and base finishes.
- Place moldings on panels before fastening edges, if required.
- Always use moldings in high mois