Phoenix Temperatures Reinforce Product Testing Endured By StoneLite®
DALLAS (October 2011) – With summer in the rear-view mirror, Phoenix building owners and Stone Panels, Inc. can take a breather and know that the extreme heat of 2011 is behind them. It was a grueling summer indeed for Covance Labs, The Talking Stick Resort & Casino, and the Scottsdale Senior Center. Temperatures for June, July and August reached highs of 112, 114 and 111 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. (Source: Weather Warehouse)
The good news for those three Phoenix-area buildings mentioned above is that when things got hot, they didn’t have to worry about their exterior stone siding. Covance Labs, The Talking Stick Resort & Casino, and the Scottsdale Senior Center each have incorporated StoneLite® panels in their exterior facade. The decision to incorporate StoneLite® in an area like Phoenix that is notorious for extreme temperatures is an easy one to make when builders look at the testing that StoneLite® has been through.
One of the extreme weather tests conducted on StoneLite® panels was a shear and flat-wise tension bond test in accordance with the International Code Council (ICC). The purpose of the test was to evaluate the bonding adhesive used on StoneLite® Panels. Shear and flat-wise tension tests were undergone following the panels having been subjected to an accelerated aging process.
The accelerated aging consisted of submerging the panels in water for 48 hours and subsequently drying the panels at a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours. Following this, the panels also underwent three cycles of soaking for 16 hours and drying for 8 hours. Once all of this aging process was complete, the average shear capacity for the panels increased from 914 psi to 948 psi. The average flat-wise tension increased from 309 psi to 337 psi. This testing proves to Phoenix-area builders (and builders in other areas of the globe that experience extreme heat) that the bonding adhesive used on StoneLite® panels can only better endure high temperatures as time goes on.
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