Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

With a range of feature wall and ceiling systems available on the market, we are often asked by our clients for the best solution for their application. Most options available fit into two categories; Stick-Built or Panelised. Learn more about which option is best for your project below.

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Panelised and Stick-Built Systems can both achieve similar results, with the installation method being the main differentiator.

Stick-Built system components are delivered then assembled piece-by-piece on the construction site. Panelised systems consist of pre-built panels constructed in the factory of the manufacturer and delivered to site ready to install.

Below we have outlined the pros and cons of each to help you understand which option better suits your project.

Stick-Built

Pros:

 Most stick-built systems use modular components, which allows flexibility in both design and installation. This approach provides the following benefits:

  • Modular system: As each part of the system is built piece-by-piece, no shop drawings are required which allows for flexibility on-site. This gives a designer the freedom to create what they need to achieve design intent.
  • Easy to adjust: Conditions on-site are often slightly adjusted from the original drawings, which requires the installer to make some adjustments. A stick-built system allows for this flexibility without compromising the aesthetics of the end result.
  • Easy to replace: Sometimes components can get damaged. With the separate components of a stick-built system, there is less chance of a significant hold up of the project while replacing something that is damaged.
  • Seamless finish: A seamless finish is achievable as components are easily adjusted to suit site conditions.

Cons:

While modular components offer versatility, they also present opportunities for mistakes due to the extra work required during installation.

  • Labour intensive: As stick-built is installed piece-by-piece, there is more labour involved on-site.
  • More choice: There are many components of this system which can create extra work for a designer in documenting their specification.
  • Waste: As each component is sent and installed separately there is a lot more cutting and trimming on-site which can create waste.
  • Risk of poor workmanship: Stick-built systems are put together on-site, which creates a risk when using installers unfamiliar with the system.

Panelised Systems

Pros:

A system which is delivered to site in pre-constructed panels drastically saves time on-site and allows for strict quality assurance policies from the manufacturer.

  • Off-site manufacturing: All panels are designed and constructed to the exact size, custom or standard, in the factory, allowing them to arrive on-site and be installed quickly.
  • Quality assurance: Manufacturing panels allows for more accurate quality assurance policies to be put into place. As everything is shop drawn and manufactured to that drawing, they can be checked and re-checked before they arrive to site.
  • Fast turnaround: Standard panels can be made up and stocked on the shelf ready to go for quick turnaround.

Cons:

Pre-built panels need to be individually shop drawn, which significantly adds to costs. They also provide little flexibility to meet unexpected site conditions.

  • Shop drawings: To ensure accurate manufacturing, each panel needs to be individually shop drawn. This presents added cost and a reliance on the accuracy of site measurements.
  • Hard to adjust: As the panels are pre-built, they will not allow for adjustments to be made on-site. This can create a challenge for the builder and installer.
  • Harder to transport: Panels can be quite large and bulky, making them quite difficult to transport. This also leads to more costs being involved and risk of damage to a panel.
  • Finished look: As each panel is dictated by the shop drawing and made to exact measurements, express lines must be shown when installed. This can detract from the design intent and highlight slight inaccuracies.

Have any questions?

Our clients are at the heart of every project. It’s our job to deliver on the big picture and the smallest detail. We’re your proactive design partner – we’ll listen to you and work with you to make sure the job gets done right.

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Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

With a range of feature wall and ceiling systems available on the market, we are often asked by our clients for the best solution for their application. Most options available fit into two categories; Stick-Built or Panelised. Learn more about which option is best for your project below.

Words by Sculptform

Panelised and Stick-Built Systems can both achieve similar results, with the installation method being the main differentiator.

Stick-Built system components are delivered then assembled piece-by-piece on the construction site. Panelised systems consist of pre-built panels constructed in the factory of the manufacturer and delivered to site ready to install.

Below we have outlined the pros and cons of each to help you understand which option better suits your project.

Stick-Built

Pros:

 Most stick-built systems use modular components, which allows flexibility in both design and installation. This approach provides the following benefits:

  • Modular system: As each part of the system is built piece-by-piece, no shop drawings are required which allows for flexibility on-site. This gives a designer the freedom to create what they need to achieve design intent.
  • Easy to adjust: Conditions on-site are often slightly adjusted from the original drawings, which requires the installer to make some adjustments. A stick-built system allows for this flexibility without compromising the aesthetics of the end result.
  • Easy to replace: Sometimes components can get damaged. With the separate components of a stick-built system, there is less chance of a significant hold up of the project while replacing something that is damaged.
  • Seamless finish: A seamless finish is achievable as components are easily adjusted to suit site conditions.

Cons:

While modular components offer versatility, they also present opportunities for mistakes due to the extra work required during installation.

  • Labour intensive: As stick-built is installed piece-by-piece, there is more labour involved on-site.
  • More choice: There are many components of this system which can create extra work for a designer in documenting their specification.
  • Waste: As each component is sent and installed separately there is a lot more cutting and trimming on-site which can create waste.
  • Risk of poor workmanship: Stick-built systems are put together on-site, which creates a risk when using installers unfamiliar with the system.

Panelised Systems

Pros:

A system which is delivered to site in pre-constructed panels drastically saves time on-site and allows for strict quality assurance policies from the manufacturer.

  • Off-site manufacturing: All panels are designed and constructed to the exact size, custom or standard, in the factory, allowing them to arrive on-site and be installed quickly.
  • Quality assurance: Manufacturing panels allows for more accurate quality assurance policies to be put into place. As everything is shop drawn and manufactured to that drawing, they can be checked and re-checked before they arrive to site.
  • Fast turnaround: Standard panels can be made up and stocked on the shelf ready to go for quick turnaround.

Cons:

Pre-built panels need to be individually shop drawn, which significantly adds to costs. They also provide little flexibility to meet unexpected site conditions.

  • Shop drawings: To ensure accurate manufacturing, each panel needs to be individually shop drawn. This presents added cost and a reliance on the accuracy of site measurements.
  • Hard to adjust: As the panels are pre-built, they will not allow for adjustments to be made on-site. This can create a challenge for the builder and installer.
  • Harder to transport: Panels can be quite large and bulky, making them quite difficult to transport. This also leads to more costs being involved and risk of damage to a panel.
  • Finished look: As each panel is dictated by the shop drawing and made to exact measurements, express lines must be shown when installed. This can detract from the design intent and highlight slight inaccuracies.

Have any questions?

Our clients are at the heart of every project. It’s our job to deliver on the big picture and the smallest detail. We’re your proactive design partner – we’ll listen to you and work with you to make sure the job gets done right.

Get in touch with
Sculptform

Request pricing/info
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Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

Comparing Panelised and Stick-Built Lining Systems

With a range of feature wall and ceiling systems available on the market, we are often asked by our clients for the best solution for their application. Most options available fit into two categories; Stick-Built or Panelised. Learn more about which option is best for your project below.

Words by Sculptform

Panelised and Stick-Built Systems can both achieve similar results, with the installation method being the main differentiator.

Stick-Built system components are delivered then assembled piece-by-piece on the construction site. Panelised systems consist of pre-built panels constructed in the factory of the manufacturer and delivered to site ready to install.

Below we have outlined the pros and cons of each to help you understand which option better suits your project.

Stick-Built

Pros:

 Most stick-built systems use modular components, which allows flexibility in both design and installation. This approach provides the following benefits:

  • Modular system: As each part of the system is built piece-by-piece, no shop drawings are required which allows for flexibility on-site. This gives a designer the freedom to create what they need to achieve design intent.
  • Easy to adjust: Conditions on-site are often slightly adjusted from the original drawings, which requires the installer to make some adjustments. A stick-built system allows for this flexibility without compromising the aesthetics of the end result.
  • Easy to replace: Sometimes components can get damaged. With the separate components of a stick-built system, there is less chance of a significant hold up of the project while replacing something that is damaged.
  • Seamless finish: A seamless finish is achievable as components are easily adjusted to suit site conditions.

Cons:

While modular components offer versatility, they also present opportunities for mistakes due to the extra work required during installation.

  • Labour intensive: As stick-built is installed piece-by-piece, there is more labour involved on-site.
  • More choice: There are many components of this system which can create extra work for a designer in documenting their specification.
  • Waste: As each component is sent and installed separately there is a lot more cutting and trimming on-site which can create waste.
  • Risk of poor workmanship: Stick-built systems are put together on-site, which creates a risk when using installers unfamiliar with the system.

Panelised Systems

Pros:

A system which is delivered to site in pre-constructed panels drastically saves time on-site and allows for strict quality assurance policies from the manufacturer.

  • Off-site manufacturing: All panels are designed and constructed to the exact size, custom or standard, in the factory, allowing them to arrive on-site and be installed quickly.
  • Quality assurance: Manufacturing panels allows for more accurate quality assurance policies to be put into place. As everything is shop drawn and manufactured to that drawing, they can be checked and re-checked before they arrive to site.
  • Fast turnaround: Standard panels can be made up and stocked on the shelf ready to go for quick turnaround.

Cons:

Pre-built panels need to be individually shop drawn, which significantly adds to costs. They also provide little flexibility to meet unexpected site conditions.

  • Shop drawings: To ensure accurate manufacturing, each panel needs to be individually shop drawn. This presents added cost and a reliance on the accuracy of site measurements.
  • Hard to adjust: As the panels are pre-built, they will not allow for adjustments to be made on-site. This can create a challenge for the builder and installer.
  • Harder to transport: Panels can be quite large and bulky, making them quite difficult to transport. This also leads to more costs being involved and risk of damage to a panel.
  • Finished look: As each panel is dictated by the shop drawing and made to exact measurements, express lines must be shown when installed. This can detract from the design intent and highlight slight inaccuracies.

Have any questions?

Our clients are at the heart of every project. It’s our job to deliver on the big picture and the smallest detail. We’re your proactive design partner – we’ll listen to you and work with you to make sure the job gets done right.

Get in touch with
Sculptform

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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