General System Information

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AL13™ has changed the game. Our metal panel system is cut to fit and snaps together on site, cutting costs, while reducing installation, and lead times. The system does not require any prefabrication and can be installed on any type of structure.

The AL13™ system differs from other ACM systems in being a tab-over design. The panels are secured by the snap-lock fasteners. Panels are not welded or formed during construction. This allows for each panel to expand and contract across a broad temperature spectrum without causing buckling or oil-canning.

The tab-over design is unique to AL13™, consisting of five different aluminum extruded profiles. The panel spacers and extrusions work together to create a pressure equalized rain screen, allowing any moisture to exit.

Installation is simple and allows the configuration to be tailored on site. No more waiting for prefabricated panels.

AL13™ has national distribution which creates a larger and more competitive installation base.

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AL13™ material prices start around $15 per square foot depending on the design, layout and color chosen. AL13™ can be tailored to suit a wide range of panel sizes and construction types. The fluctuation in pricing is based on panel size, since the panel frame and support pieces increase in lineal feet per panel as panel size is decreased.


This graph depicts the price curve in terms of cost per square foot vs. the average panel size - for system only. Allow for an additional $5 - $10 per square foot for approximate installation budget.

System Components

AL13™ is comprised of five different extrusion profiles, these are used in combination with the panel spacer to position and fix the AL13™ ACM panel to the wall. The adhesive tape is to aid during install and act as a redundant fastener once the install is complete.


What Goes Where

Al13™ is a component based system, this creates a multitude of options for how the system may be configured. Here are some examples of what components go where.



Alternatively, a Perimeter Frame Assembly may be used in place of the End Frame around windows and doors or other areas where desired. Especially if the distance between the next parallel trim is too near to allow the panel to be fitted in place while retaining appropriate tolerances for tab overhang.


To avoid notching panel (L shaped panels) AL13™ recommends that the vertical and/or horizontal architectural lines from windows/doors be projected across the wall, using the Panel Frame Assembly.


The Perimeter Frame Assembly is used in conjunction with the Panel Frame Assembly to continue the reveal line horizontally or vertically adjacent to a window, door or any other recess or protrusion.


The Panel Spacer is what holds the panel away from the wall, quantity and position will vary based on panel size. The Adhesive Tape is only applied to the two centermost Panel Spacers and runs full length. Please refer to the installation guide for more details.


The Panel Frame Assembly is shown here in its vertical usage. The End Frame is used horizontally at the bottom of the system, and when used in this situation is drilled with weep holes. Please refer to the installation guide for more details.


The End Frame is shown here at the top of the system underneath the parapet flashing. Although the flashing detail may vary based on individual projects (please refer to architecture/engineering plans) the extrusion will usually still be at the top to terminate the system (an alternative is to use the Perimeter Frame Assembly at the top of the wall).

Drawing Takeoffs & Material Estimation


When doing takeoffs from a set of architectural plans, AL13™ recommends color coding the different frame components - as shown here - and adding the linear footage of each component to determine order quantity. Depending on layout, a wastage buffer of 5% to 10% should be ordered in addition to the total linear footage for each extrusion. Panel can be ordered based on square footage of wall space and depending on panel sizes and layout, a wastage buffer of 10% to 15% should be ordered in addition to the total square footage. AL13™ is an extremely flexible system and the component locations shown here are for illustrative purposes and may vary based on individual project requirements. Furthermore, there is more than one way to install the system, for example; in most situations the Perimeter Frame Assembly can be used in place of the End Frame as desired.


How to Design for AL13™

AL13™ is an extremely versatile cladding system. This section will highlight how to best design and prepare for the usage of the AL13™ architectural panel system.

The standard AL13™ panel size is 4 feet by 8 feet(1220mm x 2440mm). The most efficient design for the AL13™ system will maximize the average panel size, since a smaller average panel size will yield more components on the wall - moderately increasing system costs and installation time. If smaller panel sizes are required it’s best to use sizes which can come out of the standard AL13™ panel in order to produce little, or no wastage.

When designing the layout for the AL13™ system avoid using ‘L’ or ‘U’ shaped notches in individual panels - this will add unnecessary complexity to the install. The most aesthetic layouts utilize the AL13™ reveals to echo the architectural lines of the building and glazing. The AL13™ system is extremely flexible and being component based it allows for a multiplicity of design layouts. AL13™ can also be installed on curved substrates - down to a 16’ (4877 mm) radius - without any pre-rolling or pre-fabrication required.



Product Sizing

Panel Size: The standard AL13™ panel size is 4' x 8' (this is also the panel size that is in stock at the dealers). AL13™ may manufacture larger panels for larger projects (usually around 4000 sq ft. per custom panel size, but AL13™ may choose to lower the sq ft. minimum if it's a desirable/strategic project). If we produce a panel larger than 4' x 8' it is understood that this is for cutting/wastage purposes only, as the largest on-the-wall size AL13™ supports is 4' x 8' (all of our past/future engineering and testing is based on this size).

Other component sizing:

  • The AL13™ extrusions and panel spacers come in 8' lengths.
  • the adhesive tape is 108' per roll.
  • wood, and metal fasteners are 500 per bag.
  • concrete fasteners are 100 per bag with a drill bit.