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How are Shackerley's SureClad® porcelain stone rainscreen panels made?

There are many different cladding manufacturing and prefabrication processes involved in the creation of a SureClad® porcelain stone rainscreen panel.

Step 1 - Raw Materials

Pure raw materials for our porcelain stone façade panels are sourced from across the world, including clays, fieldspars, minerals, pegamites and metal oxides. No resins, cements or other binders are used to create our porcelain stone rainscreen panels.

Step 2 - Grinding

The powders, rocks and minerals used in our porcelain stone rainscreen panels are amalgamated, wet ground to a fine powder, refined to remove impurities, and turned into a perfectly homogenised slurry.

Step 3 - Spray drying

The slurry is injected at high pressure and nebulised inside a spray dryer. The contact with very hot air causes instant and even drying.

Step 4 - Mixing & pressing

Using a unique patented porcelain stone manufacturing method, the dried porcelain stone cladding materials are mixed and are then subjected to intense hydraulic pressure - typically more than 12,000 tonnes.

Step 5 - Firing

The pressed porcelain stone slabs are fired at 1260°C until they are fully vitrified, and impervious to water, dust or chemical attack. During the firing process the constituent parts of the porcelain stone rainscreen material become irreversibly fused without any need for bonding agents.

Step 6 - Surface finishes

Our porcelain stone slabs can be left with a natural, unpolished finish, or can be given a semi-lustre or high sheen, diamond-polished surface. No chemicals are involved in the polishing process for our porcelain stone rainscreen system.

Step 7 - Quality control

Every porcelain stone slab is checked electronically and by highly trained technicians for uniformity of colour, structural integrity and critical sizing.