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Tableaux® Decorative Grilles Material Specifications

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Tableaux Decorative Grilles are manufactured using only the highest quality material substrates. The material used for each product family was selected and tested for its ability to be designed, cut, and finished to our quality benchmarks.

Substrates are also chosen based on their natural textures and how well they complement specific design styles. Detailed material specifications for all Tableaux Product Families are listed below. Photos shown are only a representation of the actual unfinished substrate.

TABLEAUX DECORATIVE GRILLES ARE A *DECORATIVE* ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCT NOT TO BE USED IN STRUCTURAL APPLICATIONS. EXCEPTIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED WHEN INSTALLED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OR FRAMING.

Tableaux Faux Iron™

MATERIAL SUBSTRATE: Industrial-Grade Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

The material substrate used to make Tableaux Faux Iron Decorative Grilles is a powerful combination of moisture resistance, superior MDF board properties, and a formaldehyde free adhesive system. The material has a rock solid track record of superior design capabilities and environmental stewardship around the world. Cutting is done on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.

  • No added formaldehyde resin system
  • Especially suitable in interior applications where moisture is a concern, does succeed in the 6 cycle accelerated aging test
  • Superior physical properties to standard MDF. Truly high performance screwholding and MOR capabilities, among others
  • Pre-consumer recycled wood content
  • FSC® Certified (available option)
  • Potential LEED® 2009 credit support: MRc4, 5, 7 & IEQc4.4
  • Potential LEED® v4 credit support: Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Meets EPA Formaldehyde Emission Regulation, TSCA Title VI & CARB ATCM 93120 Phase 2 emission limits
  • No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) Exempt - State of California Executive Order N-18-313
  • Third party certification - SCS, ECC
  • CHPS Compliant - California section 01350 approved
  • Limitations: The material is not suitable for structural applications
  • Class 3 fire rating (option for Class 1 available)

Material Tolerances

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Tableaux Faux Iron™ For Exterior

MATERIAL SUBSTRATE: Wood Fibers Bound & Engineered for Exterior Use

The material substrate used to make Faux Iron EXTERIOR Decorative Grilles is a revolutionary product for exterior applications that performs better than wood or MDF. The manufacturing process for this material binds natural wood fibers with phenolic resins and zinc borate. Cutting is done on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.

  • Twice as strong as MDF, made to be used outside
  • No added urea formaldehyde; made from sustainable materials
  • Moisture resistant: As measured by ASTM D1037 for Water Absorption and Thickness Swelling
  • Rot resistant: As measured by AWPA E-16 Field Test for Evaluation of Wood Preservatives To Be Used Out of Ground Contact
  • Termite resistant: As measured by AWPA E-7 Standard Method of Evaluating Wood Preservatives by Field Tests with Stakes
  • Made from sustainable materials: No old growth wood is used, made from wood that has no commercial timber value and is the byproduct of other operations
  • No added urea formaldehyde: Certified by Scientific Certification Systems under certificate number SCS-NAUF-01802
  • Complies with CARB: Acknowledged by the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) 93120 to utilize exempt status ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins
  • Contributes to green building programs: Contributes to industry green building programs such as LEED and the National Green Building Standard
  • While designed for exterior use, the material also works well in high moisture interior applications
  • Class 3 fire rating (option for Class 1 available)

Material Tolerances

Read more about Expansion/Contraction of Core Material

Tableaux Veneer™

MATERIAL SUBSTRATE: Hardwood Plain Sliced Walnut Veneer on MDF

The material substrate used to make Tableaux Veneer is a hardwood Walnut plain sliced veneer that is environmentally certified and meets the strictest emission requirements in North America. Cutting is done on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.

  • Sourced from FSC chain-of-custody certified timberlands in Northern California
  • Engineered with innovative EcoBind Resin
  • Eligible for LEED credit support projects
  • Compliant with the strict emissions requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 or NAUF Formaldehyde Standard
  • ULEF or NAUF Glue Chemistry
  • Environmental Certification FSC/SFI/ECC
  • Medium-Density Fiberboard core substrate
  • Class 3 fire rating (option for Class 1 available)

Material Tolerances

Read more about Expansion/Contraction of Core Material

Tableaux Elements™

MATERIAL SUBSTRATE: Industrial-Grade Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF), Certified as Class 1 Flame Retardant

The material substrate used to make Tableaux Elements Decorative Grilles is made with a formaldehyde free adhesive system and is designed for critical applications where Class 1 flame retardant material is required. The material has a low flame spread and smoke development as well as extremely low VOC emissions. During the manufacturing process, the flame retardant additive is blended with the fiber throughout the panel. This process delivers superior performance versus topical flame retardant applications. In addition, the material can be machined, cut, sanded, and grooved without compromising its flame retardant properties. This makes Tableaux Elements a great alternative to using metal when a project calls for thick metal that may be out of budget range. Cutting is done on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines.

  • Guardian Certified, U.S.Class 1/A (E-84) standards: Flame Spread - 15 Smoke Developed - 5
  • Guardian Certified, Canadian Class 1/A (S102) standards: Flame Spread - 10 Smoke Developed - 5
  • Guardian Certified, meets requirements of Extended Duration Surface Burning Characteristics (ASTM E-2768)
  • Pre-consumer recycled wood content
  • FSC® Mix Credit Certified (available option)
  • Potential LEED® 2009 credit support: MRc4, 5, 7 and IEQc4.4
  • Potential LEED® v4 credit support: Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Meets EPA Formaldehyde Emission Regulation, TSCA Title VI & CARB ATCM 93120 Phase 2 emission limits
  • No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) Exempt - State of California Executive Order N-18-313
  • Third party certification - SCS, ECC, Guardian
  • CHPS compliant - California section 01350 approved

Material Tolerances

Read more about Expansion/Contraction of Core Material

Tableaux Metal™

MATERIAL SUBSTRATES: Aluminum or Standard Steel

Aluminum

Our most popular material substrate used to make Tableaux Metal Decorative Grilles is Aluminium. Unless otherwise specified, we primarily use 5052 aluminium alloy sheets. Aluminum (aluminum alloy) is one of the lightest metals in the world: it's almost three times lighter than iron but it's also very strong, extremely flexible and corrosion resistant. Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable without loss of its properties. Aluminum’s physical properties make the metal light in weight, strong, non-corrosive, non-sparking, nonmagnetic, nontoxic and noncombustible. Cutting options include Waterjet Cut, or Laser Cut, as determined by project specs or budget.

  • 5052 aluminium alloy, primarily alloyed with magnesium and chromium
  • Good tensile strength, density, ductility, formability, workability, weldability
  • Exceptional corrosion resistance against seawater and salt spray
  • Popular for use in marine, aircraft, architecture, general sheet metal work, etc.

Standard Steel

Our second most most popular material substrate used to make Tableaux Metal Decorative Grilles is Standard Steel. Steel is not a single product. There are more than 3,500 different grades of steel with many different physical, chemical, and environmental properties. Unless otherwise specified, we primarily use A1011 High-strength low-alloy steel (HSLA) sheets for projects specifying thicknesses of 7ga (3/16) or 11ga (1/8). This Mild Steel is the most common form of steel because its price is relatively low while it provides material properties that are acceptable for many applications. Cutting options include Waterjet Cut, Laser Cut, or Plasma Cut, as determined by project specs or budget.

  • High-strength low-alloy steel (HSLA)
  • Provides better mechanical properties or greater resistance to corrosion than carbon steel
  • Carbon content between 0.05–0.25% to retain formability and weldability
  • More resistant to rust than most carbon steels