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Spandrel Panels

Bradfords have been supplying Spandrel Panels to the building trade for many years.  Enquire now and our expert team will be in touch to help you source the exact spandrel panels you need for your project.  

What Are Spandrel Panels?

Spandrel panels are architectural elements used in construction to cover and enclose the space between the top of one floor and the bottom of the next in multi-story buildings. These panels are typically found in the non-glazed areas of a building's facade and serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.   

What are the main types of Spandrel Panels?

Gable End Spandrel Panels

Gable spandrel panels are typically located at the gable ends of a building. The gable end is the triangular portion of a wall between the two slopes of a pitched roof. Gable spandrel panels are used to enclose and finish this area, providing both aesthetic and weatherproofing functions.  They help create a finished and weatherproof appearance for the gable end of a building, covering the structural elements and providing insulation.  Gable spandrel panels are often designed to complement the overall architectural style of the building. They can be constructed from various materials such as wood, siding, stucco, or other cladding materials.

 

Party Wall Spandrel Panels 

Party wall spandrel panels are situated along the vertical walls that separate adjoining buildings or units within a multi-unit structure. These panels are part of the building's perimeter walls and serve as fire-rated and sound-insulating barriers between different sections of the building.  Party wall spandrel panels have a more functional role. They are designed to meet specific building code requirements for fire resistance and sound insulation when adjacent units or buildings share a common wall. These panels help prevent the spread of fire and minimize the transfer of noise between neighboring spaces.  They are constructed using materials and assemblies that meet the necessary fire resistance and acoustic performance criteria.

 

What are spandrel panels made from?

Spandrel panels can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the design, functionality, and architectural requirements of the building. Some common materials used for spandrel panels include:

Glass spandrel panels are often used to create a sleek and modern look for a building's facade. They can be tinted, coated, or laminated to achieve desired aesthetics and provide thermal insulation.

Metal spandrel panels are durable and versatile. Materials like aluminum or stainless steel are commonly used. These panels can be finished with different coatings, such as paint or anodized finishes, for corrosion resistance and visual appeal.

Precast concrete spandrel panels are pre-manufactured and then installed on-site. They offer a wide range of design options, textures, and finishes. They are known for their durability and fire resistance.

Natural stone, such as granite or limestone, can be used for high-end spandrel panel applications. Stone panels provide an elegant and timeless appearance to the building's exterior.

Composite spandrel panels combine multiple materials to achieve specific properties. For example, a composite panel might consist of a layer of insulation sandwiched between outer layers of metal or other cladding materials.

Terracotta spandrel panels are known for their decorative and historical charm. They are often used in architectural designs where a traditional or ornate look is desired.

Fiber cement panels are a durable and weather-resistant option. They are available in various textures and colors and are often used for modern and contemporary building designs.

Wood spandrel panels can provide a natural and warm aesthetic. They are less common for exterior applications due to maintenance concerns but can be used for specific architectural styles.

The choice of material for spandrel panels depends on factors like the building's architectural style, budget, climate conditions, energy efficiency requirements, and local building codes. Each material has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so architects and builders carefully consider these factors when selecting the appropriate material for spandrel panels in a given project.