Our QuickStyle range has been designed to be a fast and cost-effective acoustic panel solution for our customers. We have ensured that each step of the process is easy and quick – from our online pricing and ordering right through to how these panels can be installed. Our installation advice for all QuickStyle panels is to use a face fix method with our proprietary fasteners and a 10mm Expressed Joint. The face fix method is a very efficient way of installing panels helps to make this panel system more cost effective. This article provides a brief overview of the installation process for our QuickStyle panels, so you can see for yourself how easy it is to install. For full details, click here.
PANEL LAYOUT & DESIGN
It is very important to confirm your panel layout prior to commencing the project. QuickStyle panels can be installed to ceilings or walls in either a horizontal or vertical direction. We have added a solid infill panel to the range which can be used together with perforated or slotted panels, to ensure the layout meets your exact wall or ceiling size requirements. For more advice on design layout, click here.
FRAMING & JOINTING
QuickStyle panels are to be installed to a concealed suspended ceiling grid or directly to timber or steel wall battens. Maximum spacing between furring channels or battens is to be 600mm and a minimum 90mm air gap behind the panel is recommended to achieve optimal acoustic performance.
At all joints it is necessary to use double battens or furring channels to ensure panel is fixed securely. Atkar Group offer a 67mm wide furring channel that can also be used. A perimeter wall angle may be required to secure solid infill panels.
ENSURE A LEVEL SURFACE
Most walls and ceiling are not level, therefore it is recommended that you install a panel on either side of the wall or ceiling and use this as guide during the installation process. Packing may be required to ensure surface is level – double-sided tape or flat bar strips can be used.
To conceal the framing behind the expressed joint, you can order our optional QuickStrips, which are flat black backing strips (70mm x 2400mm) that you can place under the two panels prior to securing the panel. Adhesive tape can also be used to secure QuickStrips to the rear of the panels if they are unable to be secured to your furring channel. To order QuickStrips with your order click here.
It is vital to ensure that panels are safely secured to your wall or ceiling. Insert the screws at right angles into pre-drilled holes on the panel face, direct into the furring channel or timber batten. Screws should be evenly spaced across the panel, at a maximum distance of 300mm apart, and the distance between screw and panel edge is not to exceed 50mm.
PANEL SCREW SEQUENCE
It is important to fix your screws in the following sequence to ensure you do not bow or damage the panels. It is advised to first screw in the centre section of the panels (See figure 1, A), followed by the centre of the short edge (B), before finally screwing down the long edges (C).
- We recommend the use of 7 x 40mm Needle Point Screws which are available to purchase on our website. If using timber battens, panels can be fixed with a flat head nail.
- We recommend the use of 7 x 40mm Needle Point Screws if you are fixing to timber or 7 x 25mm Needle Point Screws if you are fixing to steel under 1mm. Both are available to purchase here.
COLOUR MATCHED SCREW DECALS
Included with your panel order are colour matched decalsthat can be used over the top of the screw heads. These screw decals are not only durable, but are also extremely effective in hiding the screws. Just make sure panels are clean and free from dust prior to installing. For more details and some image examples on the decals click here.
Solid panels can be cut to any size on site. Perforated/slotted panels can also be cut on site, preferably in the centre of the panel or between perforations. Cut outs for access panels and other penetrations are possible, although additional care needs be taken to maintain panel integrity and to avoid unsightly conflicts with the panel perforations.. Click here for more detail.
If you need any further advice for your QuickStyle panels please click here or contact our team for support.