Enhancing the Stone

Stone veneer panels on aluminum honeycomb combine the beauty of natural stone with the design freedom, strength, and lightness of metal panels
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Sponsored by StonePly
By Robyn M. Feller
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Durability and Severe Weather

As the strength of the stone on aluminum panels varies by manufacturer, it is important to verify the testing that a manufacturer has completed and the projects they have completed. Some manufacturers’ panels have been tested for large missile impact, freeze-thaw cycles, and high-wind events. An example of real-world testing includes the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, where the stone on aluminum honeycomb panels have been through five hurricanes, including Category 5 hurricanes, without damage.

Pictured here is the Cove at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Stone veneer on aluminum honeycomb panels can be used in either a rainscreen or barrier-type wall system. The aluminum layer makes the panels impervious to water or air infiltration. Pictured here is the Cove at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Performance and Testing Methods

The following tables show typical testing methods, which can be used as a guideline.

Table 1: Sample Testing Information

Table 2: Sample Panel Weight and Thickness

Table 3: Sample Panel Performance

Table 4: Sample Wind Load/Span Capacity

Table 5: Sample Fastener Capacity to Honeycomb

Table 6: Sample Fire Testing


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Originally published in Architectural Record