Safety comes first. No compromises.

Safe and secure, the advanced features of the A2 (FS-Xtra) board from Rockpanel delivers a new dimension to your exterior cladding design. An elegant combination of fire safety with the broadest range of aesthetic finishes and RAL colours, ensures your building meets or in some cases exceeds European fire safety standards.

Aluminium or steel sub-construction

Applied on an aluminium or steel supporting structure and fixed with blind rivets, the application of the premium ‘FS-Xtra’ boards, in combination with mineral wool insulation, meets the requirements for European fire class A2-s1, d0 and can be classified as non-combustible according to national building regulations.

Ventilated sub-frame constructions with Rockpanel exterior cladding boards
Rockpanel A2 (FS-Xtra) exterior cladding is ideally suited for applications where high levels of fire performance are desirable or mandatory.

Greater thickness carrying even more benefits

FS-Xtra grade boards can easily be identified from standard Rockpanel Durable boards by their increased thickness of 9mm. This thickness also carries additional benefits:

  • Greater spans can be achieved,
  • Provide better performance in wind loads,
  • Cost savings for the back construction.

Where sustainability and fire safety go hand in hand

With sustainability at the heart of all of our Rockpanel products and the manufacturing processes, architects and specifiers can be assured that the environmental credentials of the products match their fire performance requirements, meet cladding specifications and provide all-round design performance in a single, elegant and safe package.

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