How are Stone Honeycomb Panels Made?
Stone adds a beautiful touch to any building, but its weight can increase construction costs and potentially harm the stability and safety of the structure. Fortunately, there is a solution that allows for the use of stone without these issues: stone honeycomb panels. They are significantly lighter, usually weighing only one-third of thick, solid slabs. This way, they help reduce the exterior facade’s dead load, resulting in savings. Moreover, their large format helps speed up installation, leading to more savings.
How are they made?
Stone honeycomb panels can consist of a 3mm porcelain slab or a 6mm natural stone veneer, with aluminum honeycomb panels as their backing to reinforce the whole structure. Manufacturers use a specially formulated epoxy adhesive to bond the top veneer with the backing. They work with internationally known adhesive brands to access high-quality glue that can withstand extreme conditions. This way, you don’t have to worry about the panels failing when exposed to rapid temperature changes from -40 to 80 degrees Celsius. You can count on the bonding strength to remain excellent after several decades.
Manufacturers offer many natural materials to make stone honeycomb panels, including marble, limestone, granite, onyx, basalt, and limestone, with fiberglass or aluminum honeycomb panels as reinforcement. Some manufacturers can also make them with artificial materials, such as engineered stone, ceramic, glass, and porcelain, to meet any requirement for exterior cladding.
Bonding is a critical factor in determining the reliability of stone honeycomb panels, especially for exterior use. Reputable manufacturers use only high-quality adhesives from trustworthy brands with at least two decades of experience in honeycomb composites. They keep the adhesives in a temperature-controlled environment and prepare them in dust-free blending rooms. The best bonding helps panels attain 2.0MPa in tensile tests while allowing the material to last beyond 100 years with reasonable degradation.
With these things in mind, be sure you’re getting high-quality stone panels from a reputable manufacturer. That way, you are assured of a durable material that can elevate your building’s aesthetics for many years.View All