Flatlock

The flatlock profile is a flat sheet with four folded edges in its most basic form. Because it has limited structural strength, it requires a plywood substrate for support, yet its frail state gives a nice pillowing effect and fantastic visual texture. It is ideally suited to contemporary design and will compliment any building if used sympathetically. Flatlock can be put horizontally, vertically, and in virtually any design.
The profile is installed with hidden screws and clips, giving it a thin, elegant look unlike any other profile.

  • Increased design freedom
  • Low maintenance compared to other materials
  • Easy and quick installation
  • Ability to splay and/or taper panels
  • Hairline panel joints
  • No visible fasteners

About Flatlock Cladding

Standard panel widths for Aluminium or Colorbond are 330mm, and for Zinc, they are 430mm. Panels are available in sizes up to 3 meters. These are designed to minimize wastage owing to coil widths (wider panels are available but may result in distortion or oil-canning). 

Flat Lock Panels are a basic yet elegant cladding option that gives a horizontal or vertical flat seam comparable to shiplap. On all four sides, the method uses a basic interlocking fold.

Installation of Flatlock Cladding

Flat Lock Panel is a wall system that is made up of factory-formed panels that are custom-sized into rectangle, square, or diamond forms and have a created interlocking welt around all sides. They’re put together by engaging the bottom edge of each panel in the top edge of the panel below and mechanically fastening the panels to the supports with concealed clips hidden behind the upper edges of the panels.

Factory produced clips, fasteners, flashings, and finishing elements are all part of the system. The wind loading determines the distance between the concealed clips, which are typically separated at 300mm centers for residential buildings.

What Is Flatlock Cladding Used For?

Flat lock panels create a longitudinal flat seam and are a basic yet beautiful cladding solution. On all four sides, the technique uses a simple interlocking fold that may be put horizontally or vertically.

Frequently Asked questions

Colorbond roofing typically has a lifespan of around 50 years or more, although this can vary depending on factors such as climate and maintenance.

Yes, all our materials are Australian-made. Colorbond, in particular, is an Australian brand known for its quality and durability. We prioritize using locally sourced materials to support Australian industries and ensure the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Yes, Colorbond steel is recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly roofing option. This means that at the end of its life cycle, Colorbond steel can be recycled and used in other applications, reducing waste and contributing to sustainability efforts.

Colorbond steel is known for its sustainability, as it is recyclable and has a long lifespan. Additionally, its reflective properties can help reduce cooling energy consumption.

Metal roofing and cladding can offer advantages in high-risk bushfire-prone areas (BAL zones) due to their non-combustible properties. However, safety also depends on factors such as installation quality and maintenance.

The installation time for cladding can vary depending on factors such as the project’s size, the design’s complexity, and the installers’ experience. It could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Yes, Colorbond wall cladding is generally low maintenance, requiring periodic cleaning to remove dirt and debris, but typically does not require painting or extensive upkeep.

Metal wall cladding can offer advantages such as durability,weather resistance, and design versatility. However, the suitability of metal cladding depends on factors such as aesthetic preferences, budget, and specific project requirements.