MEG Inc, the newest member of the Abet Laminati Group, recently launched it’s North American website, megwallpanels.com, where architects, designers, contractors, and other building trades can learn about rainscreen cladding and its effect on a building’s exterior aesthetic and moisture prevention performance.
MEG’s rainscreen building system controls rain penetration through a wall cladding system. Panels are attached to a fastening system that permits airflow between the panels and a building’s structural wall. These open joints allow for expansion and contraction of the panels and enable air pressure in the cavity behind the cladding to equal outside air pressure, resisting wind driven rain and other factors that can drive water into the building’s envelope such as gravity, kinetic surface tension, and capillary action. While rainscreen facades are a widely accepted building practice in Europe, this method was used frequently in the United States and Canada in 2007.
MEG panels are designed to withstand rapid temperature shifts and harsh environments, including prolonged exposure to direct sun, rain, and sea salt. They don’t warp, splinter, crack, peel or delaminate, are non-corrosive and easy to maintain. MEG panels also have superior thermal resistance and have passed the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) most stringent tests including NFPA #285 and #268. For LEED builders, MEG panels don’t off-gas and can be ordered FSC-certified and use of MEG panels may contribute points to LEED projects.
“Though we’ve been selling MEG exterior grade phenolic panels since 2007 under the Abet Laminati brand, we’re excited to formally launch the MEG brand in the U.S. and Canada. MEG offers a superior exterior panel at a competitive price within its category,” states David Klein, MEG Inc’s vice president of North American sales and distribution.