The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

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The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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Weathering metals evolve in a similar way to humans, ageing over the years with appearances changing as time...
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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Recommended reading
Planning tanking into a building's design right from the beginning of the project is a no-brainer for anyone...
Weathering metals evolve in a similar way to humans, ageing over the years with appearances changing as time...
In a world of endless cladding colours, styles and materials, how do you choose the best options for your...
Natural is all the rage at the moment when it comes to colouring cladding. But what does natural mean,...
Still reeling from the leaky buildings debacle, most architects and designers specify tried-and-tested...
What is a warm roof? Well, it’s many things, but most critically, it is a roofing system designed for low slope roofs...
Weatherboards are the quintessential exterior cladding used on New Zealand homes, but one Kiwi company sets itself apart with a product that is both durable and eco-friendly...
Designed with consideration for natural products, the materials used in this grand Parnell renovation create a moody depth in the interior spaces...
While single-use plastic is out of favour, plastic has distinct benefits when it comes to durability as a...
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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

Get in touch with
The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC)

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The new generation of aluminium roofing and cladding

The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...

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The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide. Here’s a breakdown of this revolutionary new lightweight product - the Prefa FX12 panel.

Aluminium cladding and roofing has never been quite as distinctive as it is now, with a product new to New Zealand shaping the future of the lightweight metal cladding market.

Known as the Prefa FX12 panel, it is a product with its origins in Austria, where it has been manufactured and sold for some years as both a cladding and roofing solution. 

Now available in New Zealand, distributed by Euro Metals Ltd and installed by The Architectural Roofing Company (TARC), the Prefa FX12 panel has recently been used to clad the first home on New Zealand shores with stunning effect. 

 

“The beauty of this material is the highly distinct aesthetic point of difference when compared to other, traditional, roofing and cladding materials,” TARC’s Bruce Gibson says.

 

“The 0.7mm aluminium panel creates a vibrant and ever-changing impact, driven by the changing amount of sunlight landing on it throughout the day.”

The depth and highly textural appearance is created by the canting in the panels, which can also be described as the irregular crease-like lines. “It is this canting that gives the lightweight panels their incredible strength - in the same way putting striations into a standing seam roof increases its strength,” Bruce says. “The canting also helps the panels to withstand high wind and snow loadings, making them suitable for specification anywhere in New Zealand, including mountainous and coastal sites.

 

“A common issue with aluminium cladding and roofing is its tendency to expand and contract as the temperature changes. Due to the canting, the Prefa FX12 panels are able to absorb a lot of this expansion and will not move like other traditional aluminium products will.”

What does the Prefa FX12 panel offer in terms of design possibilities?

The angular and irregular canting - each panel is completely random in terms of its creases, with no panel exactly the same as another - allows for a unique and distinctive appeal, Bruce says. “It’s a really lively light and shadow effect; as the sun shifts throughout the day, the appearance of the facade changes greatly, with shadows and depth highlighted and obscured depending on where the sun is in the sky. 

 

“The first house in New Zealand to be clad with this product is located in Wanaka, designed by Salmond Architecture, and sits amidst a landscape dominated by mountains. The impact of the cladding choice allowed for the building to have a raw and jagged appearance in line with the surrounding angularity of the peaks.”

 

On this house, the panels were used in different patterns, however they can be laid in varying configurations depending on the design intentions. Each panel is connected to the next with a vertical tapered join, with the panels available in 1400mm and 700mm lengths with a width of 400mm

“The strength of the panels due to their inherent makeup also allows for seamless and refined corner and window detailing - much narrower than is often possible with other traditional metal cladding,” Bruce says. “This is highlighted in the Wanaka home where the corner and window detailing is noticeably narrower than traditional corner flashings.” Prefa FX12 panels, when used for cladding or roofing, don’t require any maintenance over time, including washing - rain is good enough to keep them clean - and are sold with a full 20-year warranty. 

 

Available in a range of nine colours, the panels are set to change the way we view aluminium cladding and open the door to a new range of design possibilities. Find out more about specifying FX12 panels.

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