Credibility and Confidence Through Testing
Tests Performed
ASTM E72-02, Standard Test Methods of Conducting Strength Tests of Panels for Building Construction.
ASTM E564-06, Standard Practice for Static Load Test for Shear Resistance of Framed Walls for Building.
ASTM E1996-05b, Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes.
ASTM EI886-05, Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Missle(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials.
The tests performed were:
Axial (Compression) Load Test Assembly, Transverse (Bending) Load Test Assembly
Monotonic Racking Shear Load Test Assembly, Typical Cyclic Shear Wall Test Setup
Header Test Assembly, Track Test Assembly
Missile Impact Test Apparatus, Moisture, Mildew, Mold, Comparison to wood
Family Safety - Tests prove the FRO MAR panels can withstand shear force winds in excess of CAT 5 hurricane forces and missile impacts. .
Mold, mildew growth - tests show, the FRO MAR System showed a decrease in the number of hours that gypsum and other materials are exposed to conditions that promote mold growth, comparable to a traditional wood wall system. Termites and carpenter ants don't stand a chance!
Durability - Everyone knows the strength of steel and the security it provides. Using today's technology to apply the hot dipped galvanized coatings provide protection against rust for well over 150 years as confirmed by tests performed by the Zinc Research Organization, Inc. (ILZRO) over a seven year period.
Speed of Erection - Our experience shows that a one story 1,800 sq. ft., house can be closed in 2 days using a five man team. This includes roof trusses and roof sheeting.
The wall sections are lightweight; an average size panel is 8' wide by 8' high and weighs approximately 140 lbs. each. No crane is needed and the section can be handled by two workers.
Wall sections are sequentially marked and fit together using our patented Super Locking System.
Windows, doors and the finish exterior system such as stucco, vinyl, and brick can be easily applied to the FRO MAR System.
Flexibility of Design Components - Although our system uses no wood products, wood trusses can be utilized. Concrete plank and corrugated decking can also be easily utilized for commercial applications.
Economics of the system - Although the system affords the developer, builder, sub-contractor and home owner many benefits, the FRO MAR Structural Steel Panel System price is still competitive with other systems it replaces.
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