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Maintenance is not required. Periodic cleaning might be depending on the area. For cleaning specifics, see AFC’s Maintenance, Fabrication and Storage Guidelines.
All AFC products are ICC or IAPMO certified; they’ve passed ASTM E136 (Non-combustibility) and ASTM E84 (Surface Burning Characteristics) fire tests; and they are type A grade IV ASTM 1185/1186C fiber cement flat sheets. All products have ICC or IAPMO Evaluation Reports as well.
Materials & Resources
MRc1 Option 2 – Building Life-cycle Impact Reduction (1-4 points)
MRc2 Option 1 – Environmental Product Declarations (1 point)
MRc4 Option 1 – Material Ingredients (1 point)
Energy and Atmosphere
EAc2 Option 1 – Optimize Energy Performance (1-20 points)
Indoor Environmental Quality
EQc5 Option 1 or 2– Thermal Comfort (1 point)
Painted products (AFC Surface, AFC Core, AFC Matte) will fade very little with UV exposure. The Natural product line will fade and weather over time. The darker colors experience this more than the lighter colors. Please call us for more information.
AFC Natural Stone, AFC Natural Groove, AFC Natural Blast, AFC Surface, AFC Core, AFC Matte, AFC Rustic, and AFC Minerit HD are all high-density fiber cement panels.
If possible, panels should be stored in a dry ventilated space. If storage is outdoors, panels must be covered with a tarp that has ventilation on all sides of the panels, in a tent like shape. See AFC’s Maintenance, Fabrication and Storage Guidelines.
Panels must be cut dry using a diamond tipped or carbide saw blade. AFC recommends using its saw blade on all products. The feed and turn rate should be lowered to reduce heat and to create a cleaner straighter cut. See AFC’s Maintenance, Fabrication and Storage Guidelines.
The Natural product line does not require edge sealant. AFC Surface, AFC Core, and AFC Matte require edge sealant when cutting is performed on-site. All panels that are cut by AFC will come to the jobsite already sealed. For Minerit HD, see our sealing requirements. For AFC Rustic, all edges must be painted. AFC will paint all edges it fabricates. See AFC’s Maintenance, Fabrication and Storage Guidelines for information on AFC Rustic edge paint and sealing of AFC Surface, AFC Core, and AFC Matte.
AFC panels installed in exterior applications must have an air cavity behind the panel. This allows the panel to dry equally on each side after moisture exposure. See AFC’s Standard Installation Guidelines. For interior applications, the panels may be attached directly to the wall. See AFC’s Interior Installation Guidelines.
See AFC’s many sets of Standard Installation Details. Terminations into other products should have 3/8” openings with no caulking or sealant. Parapets should be capped off but leave 1” off the surface of the panel and 1” off the top of the panel for airflow. The base should also have a 1” opening for airflow.
The oversized holes allow for the panel to properly expand and contract during different environmental conditions without bowing or cracking. See AFC’s Standard Installation Guidelines for proper hole placement and sizing.
Yes. The installation is identical to the standard wall installation except the maximum on-center spacing is 16”.
See our Technical Bulletins for detailed visuals of every aspect of installation.