Architectural Systems FAQs
- Can your panels be used on a radius?
Yes. Typically with alternate manufacturer's panel systems, radial panel installations require costly engineering, shop fabrication, and are difficult to install. Omega-Flex panels make such applications easy and inexpensive without sacrificing beauty; however, special panel configurations are required. Flex panels will conform to the curved shape of the structural support system without costly off-site roll-forming. Omega-Flex panels must be installed with our 1-Piece, Tight-Fit moldings.
- What types of caulks and adhesives can be used with Laminators' panels?
We recommend and provide an approved list of silicone caulks and adhesives for use with our panels on our website. Click here for the most current list.
- Do you provide flashing material to match your panels?
Yes. Laminators offers color-matched flashing to suit your project needs.
- Does Laminators supply and/or sell screws and rivets?
No, Laminators does not supply or sell the recommended rivets, but all of our recommended fasteners are available at your local hardware store or sheet rock distributor.
- Why should I buy Foam Tape from Laminators if I've seen it at my local hardware store?
Laminators sells a high density (7 lb.) closed cell PVC foam tape that has been tested and approved to work with our installation systems. Typically, the foam tape stocked at hardware stores is not PVC or it is of a lower-density construction than we recommend and it will not be effective with our panels. In addition, the proper 3/16" x 2" size may be difficult to find at a local store as well. Failure to use our recommended instructions and materials may void your warranty.
- What are the average lead times for Laminators' panels?
Lead time for manufacturing is 2-4 weeks for most standard panel systems. Actual lead time may vary depending on size of the order, special materials, ship to location, custom color orders, etc. Call 800-523-2347 for more information.
- Why do you recommend using the Laminators' router bit?
Laminators developed a router bit that is specifically modified to groove our corrugated panels and score the back of the face metal. This maintains the integrity of the panel and provides a crisp corner on the return. We strongly recommend using the Laminators' router bit to save time, reduce waste and ensure proper installation.
- Where can I purchase your panels?
Laminators sells through a network of distributors across the United States and Canada. Call 800-523-2347 to learn where to purchase our architectural panel products today.
- Where can I find R-values for Laminators' panels?
You can access R-value information on our LEED information page.
- What are your order minimums?
One of the advantages of working with Laminators Incorporated is that we don't have order minimums. However depending on the item(s) ordered, a set up charge may apply.
- Do you have approved fabricators or installers?
Laminators requires all new installers to sign a Code of Quality indicating they have thoroughly reviewed our installation guides and intend to install the panels according to our instructions to ensure the best installation possible. For more information on Laminators' installers in your area, call 800-523-2347 and speak with a sales representative.
- What types of cores are available for your products?
Laminators offers a variety of cores for our ACM panels. Omega‐Lite has a polypropylene, corrugated core. Thermolite incorporates an insulated foam core sandwiched between the same corrugated core Omega‐Lite utilizes. Omega Foam‐Ply also has an insulated foam core, but it is between hardboard stabilizers. Omega‐Ply has an exterior‐grade plywood core. Our Architectural Systems Technical Guide and our Architectural Selector Tool are available to assist you in selecting the best product for your specific project.
- Do you offer a FR (fired rated) core?
Because the core of our standard Omega‐Lite product has passed the rigorous NFPA 285 testing with 4 of our installation systems, we do not offer a separate FR core. Unlike other ACM manufacturers with separate FR products that are offered at a higher cost, Laminators does not offer a separate FR core product. Our standard, everyday Omega‐Lite product meets FR requirements and does not cost extra.
- What types of paint finishes are available with your panels?
Laminators Incorporated offers a wide variety of colors and finishes to meet your specific product needs. Laminators' panels are available in polyester, anodized and Kynar 500 coatings.
- Are custom colors available?
Yes. We can provide nearly any color to match your standard. Simply send us a sample of the color you are looking to replicate or provide a Pantone color number. Our team of experts will work to color-match our panels to meet your needs.
- Where do I get 3-part CSI format specifications and CAD drawings for Laminators' panel systems?
You can access any of our specifications, CAD details on our website by visiting our Downloads page.
- How do you clean Laminators' ACM panels?
Laminators' ACM panels should be washed periodically to keep them bright. Plain water and a clean cloth are all you need to remove ordinary dirt buildup. A mild, non-abrasive household detergent with a clean-water rinse can be used for more stubborn stains. Solvents such as alcohols, mineral spirits, naphtha, turpentine, and xylene can be applied with a soft cloth. Never soak panels in solvents.
- What happens if I use my own installation method? What if I choose to deviate from your installation guidelines?
Laminators Incorporated provides comprehensive installation instructions on how to install our panels using 5 different methods. If you choose to make modifications or substitutions to Laminators' installation instructions, you may do so at your own risk. Laminators' Limited Warranty is predicated on following our tested and certified installation procedures. If you choose to install our panels using a method outside of the instructions provided, your warranty will be null and void.