The Value of Glass Fiber Mesh
Two layers of alkali-resistant fiberglass mesh are the single most expensive component in a TAKTL panel. You wouldn’t put non-laminated glass on critical performance glazing. Why would you put a thin concrete panel on your facade without continuous reinforcement?
High Performance Concrete Composite Panel
TAKTL utilizes a continuous automated manufacturing line to cast UHPC in layers with alkali-resistant (AR) glass mesh. Although the layers of mesh are the most expensive component of our facade panels, we consider them essential for handling large panel sizes (5’x12’) while maintaining a thin profile (5/8”-3/4”) and eliminating the risk of shattering and catastrophic failure.
Higher Flexural Strength
UHPC has traditionally been designed around compressive strength. Facade panels are engineered around flexural strength. TAKTL has been specifically formulated to increase flexural strength through the combination of formulation design and the two layers of continuous mesh. TAKTL facade panels have flexural design values of 3,900 – 4,800 psi.
Higher Anchor Pullout Strength
Another compelling advantage of the mesh layers is the high anchor pullout strength, resulting in wider spans between anchors and lower hardware and labor costs. A single 10mm stainless steel undercut anchor in a TAKTL panels provides design values of 520 lbs in tension and 890 lbs in shear.
Higher flexural strength and higher anchor pullout mean significantly fewer attachment points resulting in fewer clips, reduced subframe, and less installation labor.