Bondor/Metecno launches panel roofing solution

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9 March 2017
SecureLap® system (inset) with panel roofing installed in a factory in Campbellfield, Victoria.

Australian PIR insulated roof and walling manufacturer Bondor/Metecno has announced the launch of a world-first roofing solution that will revolutionise the way insulated panel roofs are connected.

After more than 18 months of rigorous testing, including weather testing to Australian Standards (conducted by CSIRO), SecureLap® now offers the Australian commercial roofing market real confidence around watertight security and meaningful material warranties.

Bondor’s National Sales Manager and Project Leader for SecureLap, Glen Roberts, said this system evolved from a local market demand for PIR roofing systems that are designed specifically to withstand the harsh weather conditions in Australia.

“The sheet-to-sheet end-laps that are acceptable in other parts of the world have been problematic in Australia, leading to Bondor/Metecno’s focus on developing a better solution for local conditions,” Mr Roberts said.

 “SecureLap will revolutionise lapping systems available in Australia, eliminating issues with water entry, metal-to-metal contact corrosion and reliance on sealant or multiple runs of difficult to align butyl tape.

 “The SecureLap assembly provides a flexible sealing strip, which is moulded to suit MetecnoSpan® PIR roofing profile. The primary fixing plate is secured through the lower level panel into the purlin while the secondary, sliding fixing plate is connected to the upper level sheet. This allows minor thermal movement likely in long panel roof runs. The compressive closed cell sealing system eliminates wind-driven rain from entering the lap while lower level sheet turn-ups act as a secondary mechanical barrier to water entry, not available in current end-lapping options.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in product manufacturing and roofing in the Australian market, Mr Roberts said the product is an end-lapping breakthrough and expects a high volume of demand from architects, builders and developers.

“SecureLap is an affordable alternative that allows connection over a single purlin, eliminates the need for sealants, provides the security of weather testing by CSIRO and is endorsed by respected coil supplier BlueScope Steel,” he said.

“These added layers of security provide asset owners, architects, builders and roof contractors a level of confidence about their roof installation not previously afforded by sheet-to-sheet end-lapping.

“Driven by a demand for greater energy efficiency, installation speed, and lighter weight structures, we are seeing an increasing trend toward insulated panel products in the Australian building market.”

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