NEW/MIRODAL CUSTOM PANELS BASIC INSTALLATION PROCEDURES


 

  1. APPROVED SHOP DRAWINGS / CONFIRMED MEASUREMENTS
  2. FABRICATION OF THE FRAME
  3. STRETCHING OF MEMBRANE
  4. PENETRATIONS
  5. SUSPENSION / INSTALLATION METHODS
  6. ACCESSIBILITY
  7. CLEANING
  8. REPAIR
  9. MEMBRANE REPLACEMENT
  10. MEMORY
THE INSTALLATION PROCEDURE AS DESCRIBED HEREIN IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND DOES NOT IN ANY WAY CONSTITUTE AN INSTALLATION MANUAL.
ALL NEWMAT STRETCH CEILING SYSTEMS MUST BE INSTALLED BY A TRAINED AND LICENSED NEWMAT DEALER / INSTALLER.
PLEASE CONTACT NEWMAT USA LTD. AT 631-261-1498 FOR THE DEALER/INSTALLER NEAREST YOU.

1. APPROVED SHOP DRAWINGS / CONFIRMED MEASUREMENTS

NEW/MIRODAL custom panels can be fabricated based only on approved shop drawings and confirmed measurements.

 

2. FABRICATION OF THE FRAME

The NEW/MIRODAL frames can be fabricated with a variety of profiles, with or without a harpoon cavity, to comply with the design intent and the installation / suspension method. The profiles are made of aluminum, cut to size within 1 mm tolerance, curved if necessary, and welded using MIG or TIG option.

If the frame will be visible, backlit, and/or if requested, it will be powder-coated. If backlit, it will be powder-coated either white matte or white gloss; if not backlit, it will be powder-coated a color as requested by the client.

 

3. STRETCHING OF MEMBRANE

The membranes used on NEW/MIRODAL panels are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. They can be micro-perforated to provide acoustical absorption, and, micro-perforated or not, they can be printed on with a custom graphic if desired.

Option #1: If the design of the NEW/MIRODAL calls for a removable membrane with a harpoon, a custom fabricated membrane with a perimeter harpoon will be fabricated with approximately 7% reduction. You need to heat the membrane in order to stretch it, and then insert the harpoon inside the profile cavity.

Option #2: If the design of the NEW/MIRODAL calls for the membrane to be permanently adhered to the frame, install a continuous perimeter band of double-faced tape on the powder-coated frame. Then heat the membrane to stretch it (with approximately 7% tension), temporarily securing it to the frame on the double-faced tape. Then apply a bead of NEWMAT adhesive to permanently bond the membrane to the profile, and trim the excess.

 

4. PENETRATIONS

Penetrations are made on site to allow for lighting fixtures, sprinkler heads, HVAC registers, etc. A reinforcement PVC ring of necessary size and shape is glued to the membrane to act as a grommet and protect against tearing.

 

5. SUSPENSION / INSTALLATION METHODS

NEW/MIRODAL frames can be installed / suspended using a variety of methods, which include but are not limited to:

  • drop-in panels into T-BAR grid or custom grid
  • magnetic suspension
  • surface mounting with mechanical anchors
  • torsion spring suspension with concealed perimeter and divider receivers
  • pivot system
  • hinged system
  • spring-loaded latch system
  • etc.

 

6. ACCESSIBILITY

For every maintenance procedure below, we recommend doing the work with very clean hands and/or white cotton gloves in order to not damage the panels and/or the membrane.

  1. Drop-in panels: For this type of system, the panels can be removed and/or reinstalled by just tilting them to fit into a grid opening and then letting them rest in the grid.
  2. Torsion spring panels: For this type of system, you must follow the procedure below:
    1. Insert release tool, if needed, on one side of the panel, which has the springs. The number of springs on one side will vary from two (2) to five (5) depending on the size of the panels, but they are always on the two (2) opposite long sides.
    2. Pull down with the tool first, then by hand so that the entire side is in a down position with the springs completely extended.
    3. Pull down the other side by hand so that the full panel is in a down position and all springs are completely extended.
    4. Release the springs on one side only by pinching them and sliding them out through the slot, and lay the springs on top of the panel.
    5. Let the panel rotate down gently so that it hinges on the remaining springs from the other side. Now the panel is vertical and allows you access to the plenum above same.
    6. Rotate the panel back into a horizontal position, and while holding it, insert the springs back into their position by pinching them and sliding them back through their slot.
    7. When all the springs are back into their slot, push the panel back up, and the springs will snap it back into its up position.
  3. Pivot Panels: To access the pivot panel system, push up on the latch side to release the panel down, or if it is a quarter-turn screw latch, insert a small screwdriver in the slot and release the latch that way. The panel will rotate on its pivot point; make sure that you hold the panel down as it is rotating – do not let the panel rotate freely or it could get damaged. To reinstall, rotate the panel back and either push it up on the latch side for the latch to engage again or use the small screwdriver for the quarter-turn screw option.
  4. Surface mounted with mechanical anchors: The mechanical anchors need to be temporarily removed so that the panel can be released from its location. To reinstall it, the panel can be once again secured with the previously removed mechanical anchors.

 

7. CLEANING

Before cleaning any ceiling membrane, it is important to know the nature of the soil. If the membrane is covered with only a small film of dust, you can use either a feather duster or a compressor and just blow the membrane evenly. If you try to use a microfiber towel with or without a cleaning product, you could make the situation worse. If the ceiling membrane has any soil other than dust, please clean it according the chart below, using a microfiber towel only.

This chart is applicable only for a membrane without a custom graphic printed on same. If your membrane has a custom print, while the dusting option remains the same, if you need to clean fingerprints or another type of soil, use only slightly soapy lukewarm water with a microfiber towel.

 

CLEANING
SOLUTION

NATURE
OF SOIL
HOUSEHOLD CLEANER SUCH AS FANTASTIC, 409, ETC. INDUSTRIAL CLEANER MIXED IN WARM WATER DENATURED ALCOHOL OR MINERAL SPIRIT TEE OFF
Dirt X X
Grease/Tar X X
Paint X
Crayon X
Nicotine X X
Glue Residue X
Soot X

The above chart is applicable only for a membrane without a custom graphic printed on same. If your membrane has a custom print, while the dusting option remains the same, if you need to clean fingerprints or another type of soil, use only slightly soapy lukewarm water with a microfiber towel

 

8. REPAIR

A. Definition:

A tear in the ceiling membrane can be repaired under the following conditions:

  1. the tear is clean, no more than 3’ in length and 5” in width,
  2. the tear should be repaired within no more than 10 days from occurrence, and
  3. the edges of the tear are smooth, not too jagged.

B. Procedure:

To repair a tear, the harpoon needs to be released from the perimeter rails at the location of said tear, so that no tension is applied to the damaged portion of the ceiling. The two sides of the tear can then be temporarily brought back together using tape from the face side of the ceiling. A patch of the same color and finish of ceiling can be applied from above and cold-welded into position. The tape should then be removed, and the area cleaned.

 

9. MEMBRANE REPLACEMENT

Option #1: If the design of the NEW/MIRODAL calls for a removable membrane with a harpoon, disengage the harpoon from the perimeter profile and replace the membrane with a new custom fabricated one in the same size and configuration as the one you are replacing.

Option #2: If the design of the NEW/MIRODAL calls for the membrane to be permanently adhered to the frame, cut out the existing membrane, remove the existing double-faced tape, and scrape off the adhesive. Then apply a new, continuous perimeter band of double-faced tape. Next, heat and stretch the new membrane, temporarily securing it to the frame on the double-faced tape. Next, apply a bead of NEWMAT adhesive to permanently bond the membrane to the profile, and trim the excess.

 

10. MEMORY

In the event that the membrane has been compressed during shipping, it will no longer be taut. The built-in “memory” will return the membrane to its original state in a short amount of time. However, if you wish to speed up the process, you may apply heat to the area using a hair dryer or similar source. Do not use a heat gun at any time.

If fallen debris or water has accumulated above the membrane, it will expand, containing same. To remove the accumulation, you may either release a portion of the harpoon from the rails at the necessary location or use an existing penetration. Once removed, the membrane may have been overstretched or deformed. As in the case above, the built-in “memory” will return the membrane to its original state in a short amount of time. To speed up the process, you may apply heat to the area using a hair dryer or similar source, but Do not use a heat gun at any time.