Structural Building Panel Properties
In this section we are going to apply practical observations to our composite panel. The basis for this demonstration is for you to see, in real world examples, just what to expect when you are using Gorilla composite structural buiilding panels. As we keep mentioning, this is the ultimate construction partner. These panels will, in most cases, eliminate the need for roof trusses and insulation. Because of their basic design (I-beam) you will have flex without failure. This property will allow for greater load capacity, wind resistance and seismic resistance. The very structure itself is a uni-body by design.
Remember when cars were built on a frame, they had very little energy dissipation, meaning the over all structure of the car was very independent. As long as you were hit from the front or back you were good but if it was the front corner, not so good. Then came the uni-body car, energy dissipating, lighter, faster and more dependable. Our panel system mimics that very property because the whole house is bonded together, it acts like a homogeneous structure. Everything is dependent and supported by everything else.
Every panel plays a part in the overall structure. What does this mean you ask? If you lose a section of roof (we have no clue how that could happen, but let's just say), all the walls and remaining roof sections will dissipate the load over the remaining structure.
Example: Do you remember the flight to Hawaii about 20 years ago, where a large section of roof ripped away during flight but the plane landed safely? Our example is two-fold: 1) the airplane is a unit-body construction. 2) it is built from similar technology to Gorilla's.
This photo demonstrates the flatness of the Gorilla composite structural building panel.
In both photos below, the panel is supported by less than 4 inches on each end.
Ok, now watch as one of our contestants sits in the middle of the panel.
Note there is 0 deflection and he weighs 230 lbs dry!
This photo shows 3 additional volunteers with a combined weight of just under 800 lbs
sitting on the first 12 inches of the panel. There is no deflection or distortion.
This shows the panel right after the fork truck was removed. Note it is perfectly flat!
This is a photo of one of our group showing the easy handling of the weight.
Remember, each panel only weighs about 45 pounds.