Comprehensive Standard Program There are ten standard textures, two specialty aggregate combinations, and twelve standard colors available in sizes up to 4’x10’ (TAKTLSELECT textures available in sizes up to 4’x12′), with final mold size determined per project requirements to minimize waste. All textures can be mediablasted as an extra step in finishing at no extra charge. All panels are factory-processed: cut to size and pre-drilled for face-fastening or concealed anchors according to approved shop drawings. Custom colors, mitered edges, cast/integral and fabricated corners are all options within the TAKTLSTANDARD program.
- TAKTLSTANDARD material is cast to order. Minimum order quantity is 7,000 square feet per color.
- Lead time for material shipment is 12-14 weeks, starting upon receipt of approved submittal samples, shop drawings, and deposit.
Color One of TAKTL’s defining qualities is its ability to be formulated in an expansive range of colors. We have developed twelve standard colors for the building industry, with the ability to formulate custom colors as part of our standard program for quantities in excess of 7,000 square feet.
The TAKTL color Platinum is formulated without pigment. All other standard and custom colors contain pigments that are UV-stable and specifically engineered for use in concrete. Pigments are added during the mixing process, and are therefore integral and consistent throughout the material matrix.
Color Variation TAKTL is a natural, mineral-based product that generally exhibits subtle color variation between panels. We have a series of interrelated strategies for minimizing color variation within and between production lots, including:
- Tight specification and control of highest quality white cement, pigments, and micro-aggregates
- Stringent quality management procedures for incoming raw materials, including color monitoring and particle size distribution analyses
- Precise, automated material dosing and mixing sequences to achieve exact mix design and homogeneity
- Climate and humidity controlled curing chambers
Darker standard colors (Natural, Flax, Terracotta, Weathered Brown, Root, Graphite, and Grey) and certain textures have greater potential for color variance.
MicroSeal/T™ In order to regulate the flow of moisture between the material surface and the environment, MicroSeal/T, a hydrophobic, breathable finish, is applied to all panels before shipment. MicroSeal/T is invisible and does not affect the rich, natural appearance of the panel.
ColorSeal/T™ For projects in which color variation is not desired, we offer an alternative factory applied finish, ColorSeal/T. The ColorSeal/T process affords tighter control of the surface color characteristics, mitigating the subtle batch-to-batch color variation that results from using mineral raw materials.
Standard Textures All standard TAKTL textures are available in the full range of standard colors. Standard Flat Texture panels (Smooth, Rough 1, Rough 2, and Rough 3) are 5/8″ (15.9mm) thick. Raised Texture panels (Crinkle, Reeds, Rio, and Arbos 1) measure 5/8″ (15.9mm) thick at the shallowest points in the pattern. Arbos 2 measures 5/8″ (15.9mm) thick at the shallowest point in the pattern. TAKTLSTANDARD textures are available in sizes up to 4′ x 10′ and TAKTLSELECT textures are available in sizes up to 4′ x 12′.
Custom textures and surface patterns with modest relief can typically be accommodated in our TAKTLSTANDARD+ program. Oversized panels, profiles, perforated panels, and other 3D shapes require the additional design and engineering support offered in our Custom program. Please contact our Technical Support Team to discuss custom applications or oversized TAKTLSTANDARD textures.
Mediablast Finish Available as a standard finishing option with Titanium, Platinum, White, Bone, Dune, and Natural colors and any texture, mediablasting creates a subtly lighter and more visually varied surface of exposed aggregate. Our mediablaster was custom designed for UHPC finishing with automated articulating heads and a vertical panel orientation to create an even surface texture that is not achievable with fixed head blasting. Media is cleaned and re-circulated in a dust-free and resource-efficient cycle.
Specialty Aggregates The TAKTL design and research teams perfected a technique for incorporating aggregates of varying color and size into the face layer of flat panels without compromising strength or long term performance. Two specialty aggregate color/texture combinations are available in the TAKTL Standard lineup: SPA-Platinum and SPA-Titanium. Strikingly beautiful with organic variation, both aggregate surfaces are fully tested and incorporated into our automated panel manufacturing process to ensure uncompromising quality and value. Custom aggregate finishes can be achieved for quantities in excess of 7,000 square feet.
Panel Sizes Maximum standard panel size is 48″ x 144″ (1,220mm x 3,657mm). All panels are cast and trimmed to these sizes. Standard panels can be further cut into a variety of proportions and sizes according to approved shop drawings. To reduce overall project costs, we recommend designing panel layouts that maximize material use and minimize material waste. Please contact our Technical Support Team to discuss how to optimize material usage and review panel layout examples.
All panels will be 5/8” (15.9mm) in thickness unless otherwise specified. 5/8″ (15.9mm) panels weigh approximately 7.5 lb/ft2 (36.6 kg/m2).
Joints and Thermal Movement Thermal movement is negligible in TAKTL panels and does not affect joint size. The coefficient of linear expansion for a 36″ (914mm) TAKTL panel over a 68°F (38°C) temperature swing is 0.016″ (0.4mm), typically eliminating provisions for thermal movement in the anchorage or joint design of the panel.
The coefficient of linear expansion does not drive joint size. Joint size is determined by designer preference, building movement, and installation tolerances. The project’s structural engineer should review criteria to determine appropriate joint sizes based on building movement values.
Edges and Corners A variety of closed and open corner options are possible within the TAKTLSTANDARD program.
- Open Corners: straight and mitered edges are precisely cut with CNC bridge saws
- Closed Fabricated Corners: available in all standard textures, as well as mediablast and aggregate finishes. Fabricated Corners have been fully tested, with joint strength equalling or exceeding the strength of reinforced cast corners
- Closed Integral/Cast Corners: available in standard 5/8″ thin profiles, Smooth texture only
- Closed Formed Metal Corners: can be incorporated in a variety of ways, with metal components supplied by others
Please contact our Technical Support Team for more information on corner details.
Lead Time The lead time for projects within TAKTLSTANDARD program is 12-14 weeks from the receipt of final order, deposit, and final and approved panel layout drawings. Pricing is based upon a specific yield, production schedule and mold strategy as described in final quotations. Changes in panels sizes and quantities, as well as interruptions in production caused by drawing or construction delays will impact cost and delivery schedules.
Samples TAKTL sample kits contain 2″x6″ (52x152mm) and 6″x6″ (152x152mm) samples in a variety of standard textures and colors. Each kit is assembled and packaged individually to target the specific needs of the project. Standard sample kits typically ship within 1-2 business days of the request via FedEx Ground from our Pittsburgh offices. Please contact our Technical Support Team to request standard samples and to discuss custom color samples.