Working with your ROCKPANEL boards

Working with your ROCKPANEL boards

Lots of benefits

The benefits of using ROCKPANEL board material for creating your building facades, rooflines or guttering over more traditional building materials such as
wood, fibre cement board (FCB) and high pressure laminate (HPL) boards are clear:

  • The boards are lightweight and require no special tooling – your standard tools work perfectly.
  • ROCKPANEL boards are easy to cut to size on-site using traditional cutting tools and the edges do not need to be sealed.
  • Quick to install with screws, nails or even adhesives.

* ROCKPANEL Natural and ROCKPANEL Ply are products resp. without a coating or should be coated on site.

  • A high-quality coating* that retains the boards original brightness for many years
  • Available in an extensive palette of RAL colours and designs.
  • All boards are water-repellent and insensitive to moisture
  • Very dimensionally stable, which means they can be fixed without joints in specific applications.

ROCKPANEL boards have a unique composition which, gives each and every board the longevity of stone with the added flexibility of being as easy to work with as wood.

How to store your ROCKPANEL boards

Handling of the boards

Individual panels must be lifted off the stack, not pulled or pushed, and carried upright
Individual panels must be lifted off the stack, not pulled or pushed, and carried upright

Protective foam membranes should be placed between the boards again to protect the surface layer
Protective foam membranes should be placed between the boards again to protect the surface layer

Use of the protective film

Most ROCKPANEL boards in our range are covered by a protective film, so they arrive with you in perfect condition. You can use the film to markup measurements and to aid the installation process.

When to remove the protective film:

  • after mounting, if fixing the boards mechanically with screws or manual nailing
  • before priming the board for fixing with adhesives
  • before installing when using a nail gun

Please note: ROCKPANEL Natural, ROCKPANEL Lines², ROCKPANEL Metallics Aluminium White and Aluminium Grey and ROCKPANEL Ply are delivered without a protective film, so please handle these boards with extra care.

Cutting and (pre-)drilling your ROCKPANEL boards

Standard tools can be used to cut

When you cut ROCKPANEL products, the following tools can be used:

  • hand saw, e.g. a hard point hand saw
  • circular saw, e.g. a fine-toothed Widia saw blade
  • fretsaw, e.g. a fine-toothed saw blade for metal or a saw blade with tungsten granules

Because ROCKPANEL boards can be customized on-site using regular tools, all detailing and optimal finishing is a much easier task and no special knowledge is required.

(Pre-)drilling not always required but recommended

Unlike other board materials, ROCKPANEL boards are dimensionally stable, so you don’t need to worry about the boards warping due to temperature or humidity changes. Pre-drilling is recommended when fixing the boards on a timber frame using ROCKPANEL screws. When fixing the boards on a metal frame using rivets, (pre-)drilling can be done with a HSS drill.

Protect yourself against dust

Just as you would when cutting timber, we advise anyone cutting and drilling a ROCKPANEL board to wear a dust mask (type P2) and standard personal protection equipment such as safety spectacles and gloves. It is also recommended to use dust-reducing cutting equipment in combination with an exhaust hood in a well-ventilated room. When cutting outdoors, position the equipment so that the wind blows away the dust and where possible also use dust-reducing cutting equipment.

ROCKPANEL boards are safe to work with
ROCKPANEL boards are safe to work with

ROCKPANEL boards are safe to work with

ROCKPANEL cladding is produced from basalt, a natural and sustainable volcanic stone, it is one of the most extensively researched and tested building materials on the market today. ROCKPANEL products are safe to work with and offer no threat to those working with the material.
ROCKPANEL cladding is produced from basalt, a natural and sustainable volcanic stone, it is one of the most extensively researched and tested building materials on the market today. ROCKPANEL products are safe to work with and offer no threat to those working with the material.
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