Installation and joint details

It is imperative that care is taking when installing Shadbolt panels. Correct handling, storage and site conditions for installation are essential (see Panel installation and maintenance) and we recommend that panels are installed by a Shadbolt approved installer. Examples of typical fixing methods are shown below:

Timber battens
Horizontal timber battens are fixed to the background, and the panels fixed direct to them by woodscrews. Fixings would normally be at the panel joints; there are various joint details which can be used to conceal the fixings.
It is essential that battens are accurately fixed to provide a true vertical and level surface to the finished panelling.

Split battens
Split battens are fixed to the wall and to the back of the panels, which are then simply lifted into place.

Proprietary fixings (example)
Z Bar system : aluminium interlocking sections can be used in a similar way to split battens. One section is fixed to the wall and the other to the back of the panels, and the panels are lifted and hooked on.

For split battens and Z Bar system aluminium sections, panel heights must be at least 50mm less than the floor-to-ceiling height to allow them to be lifted over the fixings and dropped into position. These methods allow panels to be removed for access, repair or refurbishment.



It is the nature of the panels that the vertical joints between them will be visible. They may be treated as a feature, for example a recessed joint or jointing strip, or as simple butt joints.

Examples of some of the most common joint treatments and corner details are shown here, but Shadbolt are able to manufacture to any suitable details required.