12. Wall Cladding


Copper, brass, bronze are uniquely suited for wall cladding applications. These materials are strong, light weight highly corrosion resistant and are available in numerous factory applied and alloy finishes and colors.

In addition to the systems outlined in this section, many of the roof systems detailed in Section 8 can be adapted for use as wall claddings.

Most copper wall cladding systems are in many ways similar to copper roofing systems. They are generally installed over a continuous nailable substrate which is covered with 30 pound asphalt saturated felt. Rosin-sized building paper is laid over the felt to keep the copper siding or panels from bonding to the felt. Flat, circular, and other shaped walls can easily be covered with copper cladding systems.

The majority of the copper cladding systems can be field formed from sheet material. Many can also be pre-manufactured and transported to the site. In addition, there are a number of engineered systems from a variety of US and foreign manufacturers. These systems include insulated panels, non-insulated honeycomb panels, and copper screen panels.

Structural wall claddings have also been developed. Such systems become an integral part of a wall and must be properly engineered to satisfy all structural and building code requirements.

The following pages contain descriptive information and copper wall cladding system details. The described systems are generic in scope and are meant to convey basic design concepts. Other systems may vary to some degree.

The terms "siding" and "panel" have been used throughout this section as a convenient way to refer to components in the details. Their use may not reflect established regional definitions.