Z-Pen The Zero Penetration Fastener
Bringing Lightning Protection into the 21st Century
No More Sheet Metal Screws
Today’s Lightning Protection Systems are attached to structures using one of two unappealing options. First, sheet metal screws and loops are used to mechanically fasten the system to sheet metal surfaces. This creates a penetration every 3 feet wherever the Lightning Protection System (LPS) is installed. That’s hundreds, often thousands of penetrations in water tight systems. Second, the no penetration option, is to use an adhesive system using construction mastics. Current adhesive support systems for LPS are visually unappealing, are famously unreliable for long term adhesion, and cant be used on vertical surfaces. These systems use 1900’s technology to attach to today’s modern structures. *TM & Patent Pending
Use on any sheet metal surface, bare or painted.
The VFC Z-Pen* Fastening System brings Lightning Protection Systems into the 21st Century. The Z-Pen system uses state of the art architectural adhesive tapes with patent pending fasteners to ensure consistent appearance and long lasting adhesion. “NO MORE SHEET METAL SCREWS” – With VFC’s Z-Pen* Fastening System the Building Owner and Architect get the best of both worlds. The system creates no support penetrations to any flashing or sheet metal surfaces, and is mounted to the surfaces with an attractive patented support clip with no ugly construction mastic. *TM & Patent Pending
25 Years of 3M Experience
10 Year Adhesion Warranty
The Architectural Adhesive Tapes in the VFC system are the same ones that have been used since the 1980’s to support exterior architectural metal panels. They are in current use all over the world in the harshest exterior environments. If this system is good enough for the exterior panels on the Walt Disney Concert Hall, it’s good enough for your Lightning Protection System. So good, we provide a 10 Year Adhesion Warranty. Architects, Building Owners, and Roofing Consultants are demanding a better attachment system. The VFC Z-Pen* Fastening System is the solution.
Parapets Caps, Sheet Metal Roofing, Skylights, HVAC Equipment, Steel Tanks, and More.
10 Year Adhesion Warranty
We are so confident in our system that we are providing a site specific 10 Year Adhesion Warranty. Thats compared to the 1 year warranty currently provided with the typical installation. If any support fails in the first 10 years from installation, VFC will re-adhere at no cost to the owner. We fully expect the attachment system to last as long or longer than the rest of the system components.
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Specify Z-Pen On Your Next Project
Simply insert the following paragragh into the Fastener Section of your Lightning Protection Specification.
All fasteners to be VFC Z-PEN #ZP3412 with appropriate loop supports. No support penetrations shall be made in any sheet metal flashing or roof top equipment. Sheet metal screws shall not be used. Appropriate adhesive supports and construction mastic may be used on Membrane roof surfaces only. Adhesive supports and construction mastic shall not be used on any sheet metal surfaces.
The contractor shall furnish 10 Year Adhesion Warranty on the VFC Z-PEN fastener system.
For a complete VFC Lightning Protection Performance Specification, Z-Pen AutoCAD Details, or more information on Z-Pen contact us today 800-825-1948, email us at email@example.com, or visit our website www.vfcinc.com
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