The Arrowhead® Panel System
Arrowhead® 508/509 Vitrabond 4mm ACM Rainscreen
Arrowhead® Rainscreen 1" Insulated
Arrowhead® Rainscreen Custom Depth
The Arrowhead® Flush Panel System
Arrowhead® (FPS) Flush Panel System Vertical Joint
Arrowhead® (FPS-NP) Flush Panel System Non-Progressive
Arrowhead® (FPS) Flush Panel System Horizontal Joint
Introducing the Arrowhead® family of Architectural Panel Installation Systems
Fairview Architectural North America is the only ACM/MCM manufacturer to offer a complete facade package with patent pending products. This package includes versatile facade materials, fully tested labor saving installation systems and manufacturer’s in-house training programs.
This patent pending Arrowhead® installation system is the only true non-progressive tested AAMA 508 and AAMA 509 compliant rainscreen system for metal panel facades.
Because Arrowhead® systems are fast and easy to fabricate and install, it can be done in days versus weeks, significantly reducing labor costs.
Shorten your project schedule by reducing stages in the drafting process and eliminating re-verification of field measurements.
“Any panel in any sequence” eliminates getting stalled by other trades on the job site. Tight schedule? Add more crews on the same wall. Damaged panel? Simply remove and re-install without compromising the quality, fit, or integrity of the system.
Add some complexity to your façade design by varying the depth of the panels, while using the same simple mounting system and no job-specific tooling.
“The Arrowhead® panel system is the only non-progressive dry rainscreen panel system that is AAMA 508 and 509 compliant. This means that any single panel can be removed and replaced if damaged, without requiring any adjacent panels to be removed. “
Q - What is a Non-Progressive Panel System?
A – A system of building facade cladding panels that can be installed in any sequence.
Q - Why would I want a Non-Progressive Panel System?
A – Compare the differences between Progressive and Non-Progressive panel installation systems below:
Traditional (Progressive) Panel Systems
Arrowhead ® Non-Progressive Panel System
Start in one corner of the building elevation (wall) and work progressively across and up, row-by-row.
Start anywhere… and continue anywhere
Panels must be installed adjacent to the previous one to lock it in place.
Any panel can be installed in any location, because the locations are pre-determined so no panel is dependent on an adjacent panel.
Very good skill and craftsmanship required to ensure that joints remain equal.
The mounting extrusions are installed while field measuring is performed, so the locations are fixed, as well as the joint spacing, and is not dependent on the panel installer.
Main panels installed first, then corners and complex panels measured and fabricated, and finally shipped to the site. Crews and equipment must wait in the meanwhile.
All panel dimensions have been taken from the mounting extrusions, so even the corners and complex panels have been shop-fabricated prior to beginning installation on site. Any panel, anywhere… even the corners!
Extensive field measurements required prior to producing shop drawings, then shop drawing verification required prior to panel layout drawings.
Shop drawings not required. During the field measurement stage, the mounting extrusions are installed, and measurements are taken from the extrusions, not the wall. Due to the accuracy of this measurement from extrusions instead of rough building materials, the shop drawings can be eliminated as well as the VIF (verify in field), and panel layout drawings are produced directly from field measurements.
Mounting extrusions are installed as the panels are installed, requiring skill and taking a lot of time.
Mounting extrusions are installed while field measuring, making both the field measuring and extrusion mounting process easier and more accurate.
Panels mounted tightly side by side, often without consideration for expansion and contraction.
Panel system engineered to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction.
Only one crew can install per elevation, because panels must be installed progressively.
Put as many crews as can physically fit on the project. This is especially good if the project has run behind schedule, with the façade cladding as one of the last items on the project.
System depth is fixed by the panel extrusions – to create panels with varying depths requires custom extrusions to be designed, engineered, and tested.
The Arrowhead ® systems allow for any depth of panels, even panels protruding at various angles!
Q - What is the greatest benefit of the Arrowhead Systems?
A – Saving up to 50% or more of your facade installation time!
Q - What makes Arrowhead® different from other systems that claim to be non-progressive?
A – The Patent-Pending Arrowhead® systems are the only truly non-progressive panel systems that are tested to AAMA508 and AAMA509. Other systems may have one or two features of a non-progressive system, but the panels are not truly (or easily) installed and removed completely independent of each other.
Q - How do the Arrrowhead® systems save time and money?
Eliminates multiple steps in shop drawings and re-verification Reduce installation complexity and labor. Shorten project lead times. Begin fabrication of panels quickly after field measurements, rather than the additional shop drawing and re-verification required with traditional systems. Reduce the risk of liquidated damages – facade cladding is normally one of the last scopes on the project, so having the ability to add as many crews as can fit on the job site means that even an already fast system can be sped up!
Q - Is Arrowhead® a good Value Engineering (VE) Option for ACM/MCM metal panel facades?
A – Yes! The cost savings of installing Vitrabond® Metal Composite Material using the Arrowhead® Panel Installation Systems reduces the cost of the overall facade project so much that it even competes in value with less desirable facade products!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do the AAMA 508 and AAMA 509 Arrowhead® systems save time and money?
- Arrowhead® base extrusions can be installed prior to panels. This means that the following benefits will be realized:
- Planing the base extrusions on a wall is much faster because they can all be installed and planed at one time, and not installed and planed row by row.
- Air, water, and moisture barriers can be held in position with the base-installed extrusions, minimizing the possibility of weather causing defects in these barriers, and minimizing delays.
- Field measurements are based on the distance between installed base extrusions and are written down while they are being installed, so no return visits for field measurements are necessary.
- Panel dimensions are based on installed base extrusions, so all panels can be made at one time without fear of wrong dimensions.
- All panels can be installed on a building at the same time. This means no return installation visits for corner and/or end pieces or waiting for them to be made.
- Because base extrusions are already installed on a wall, finished panels are able to be installed extremely fast. It’s possible for one person to install 200 smaller panels in a day if materials are easily accessible.
- Installers won’t install extrusions and panels on a building at the same time because base extrusions are pre-installed. This means less clutter on scaffolding and lifts, and less clutter means a safer and more productive working environment.
- No power tools are needed for installing panels onto pre-installed base extrusions. A special hand tool is all that is required.
- Because of the Arrowhead® Frame extrusion’s special features:
- Panel fabrication time is shortened when creating tight seamed corners.
- Professional-appearing corner seams are much easier to attain and don’t require a higher level of experience.
- Stiffeners are quickly installed and fastened directly to Frame extrusions, which also creates much stronger panels.
- Clinching tools can be used for fabrication. This is less labor intensive and more efficient.
How versatile are the Arrowhead® systems?
- System depths are easily changed by adding .157″ spacers to the Frame Extrusions and changing the length of returns on the panel. You can use .125″ spacers by laying the AH-101 Frame Extrusion face down on a surface and gently bending the back of the spacer holder with a mallet about every 8-12.”
- Are you doing an exterior renovation? Arrowhead® base extrusions don’t need to be removed if the air, water, and moisture barrier is in good shape. This means that old panels can be removed while new panels are being installed. This results in:
- Enormous cost savings to the building owner in both labor and materials.
- Minimal exposure of the underlayment to the elements.
- A much stronger degree of contingency planning for poor weather conditions. If needed, new panels can be installed with old panels in order to complete a wall, allowing the installers to wait out the poor weather. When the poor weather subsides, work can be resumed.
- Faster remodel times, which means the occupants will be less affected during the exterior renovation.
- Materials other than 4mm MCM can be used with the Arrowhead® system. An example is using .125″ panels in place of 4mm MCM. Simply change the panel return dimensions and use 4mm flat bar as the reveal. Here are some additional benefits:
- If .125″ panels are to be cured in high temperature ovens, full panel fabrication can still be completed, including stiffener installation. The only thing that must be done after paint is to add structural caulk to the stiffeners. This saves time and reduces the possibility of damage to the panels during post-paint stiffener installation.
- Holes don’t need to be drilled into the panel when painting .125″ Arrowhead® panels. The attached frame extrusions and/or attached stiffeners can be used for hooks to attach to.
- The .125″ panels can use custom colors that are extremely expensive with MCM products, especially on smaller projects where AAMA508 and AAMA509 are specified.
- The time and cost savings of the Arrowhead® system makes MCM panel systems less likely to be value engineered out of a project, and in fact, makes it more competitive with other building products. This will save architect and contractor time due to less value engineering probability.
The Arrowhead® systems are considered to be Non-Progressive systems. How easy is it to replace a damaged panel?
- Fabricate a new panel to replace the damaged one.
- Using the AH-112 Replace Reveal Program File, make enough full length replacement reveals to surround the new panel on the top and sides. Remember that some of the replacement reveal material gets routed on the GOOD finished side, and some get routed normally on the reverse side.
- Bring the new panel and replacement reveals to the job site where the damaged panel is.
- At the damaged panel on the wall, remove the side and top reveals but not the bottom one. To do this, use a rotary saw to cut the reveals lengthwise, creating enough room to get the AH-110 Installation tool in between the good panels and the bad one in order to remove the old Arrowhead® clips. Be sure to protect the finishes of the surrounding good panels including their returns. Set the depth of your saw so that you don’t cut too deep and compromise the AH-102 Base extrusion, however it doesn’t matter if you cut into the AH-104 and AH-107 Arrowhead® clips because all used AH clips will be replaced with new ones.
- Remove the cut reveals, surrounding AH-104 and AH-107 Arrowhead® clips (except for the bottom ones) and the damaged panel. Throw all of these parts away and clean any foreign debris from this area.
- Cut the new replacement reveals to the desired lengths.
- Insert the “sides” of the replacement reveals into the surrounding good panels. On the bottom of the good panel above, you may need to use some tape to hold it in place temporarily.
- Insert the new panel with the “sides” of the replacement reveals already inserted into the sides and top.
- Using the AH-110 Installation tool, install new AH-104 and AH-107 Arrowhead® clips around the new panel at the sides and top. You will use twice as many clips in comparison to what was originally used in order to better support the replacement reveal. The spacing should be approximately 8″ between clips.
- Place structural silicone full length down the middle of the “center” replacement reveal strip on the back side, but not so much that it will squeeze out onto the finished side of this new reveal once they are coupled together. The bottom of an assembled replacement reveal provides an exit point for some excess silicone to escape properly.
- Install the “center” reveal strip at one end of 2 of the “sides,” then press it down with the AH-113 Reveal Wheel. Start at one end and roll it to the other end with moderate pressure. The replacement reveal will snap together on both sides, locking it into a single piece, creating a full width and length replacement reveal strip comparable to the original reveal strips.