Measurements and Installation

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Standard StoreWALL Installation

This method gives you maximum load capacity, and is the simplest and fastest way to install storeWALL. Screw through the recessed slot on the panel face. Locate the position of the bottom storeWALL panel. Fasten to wall by drilling through the slots in panel, into wall studs or furring strips. Add the next panel across and repeat the procedure until you have covered the desired width. Continue adding additional layers of panels above the lower layer in the same way.

Helpful tips:

  • For best appearance, use screws that are color matched to your panels.
  • If you use drywall screws, there is no need to predrill or countersink holes.
  • For maximum load capacity screw through every slot and every stud (though using three slots per panel is normally adequate).
  • Butt ends over studs to maximize load capacity.
  • Install wall with a running bond pattern (like brickwork) to help hide seams.
  • Check for level or plumb as you install panels.
  • Use #6 or #8 screws.
  • Use 1-5/8″ or longer drywall screws if you a driving into studs through drywall and the storeWALL panel.
  • Cut panels to length with a circular saw. Standard wood blades are fine.

Your first task is to locate the studs that the drywall is attached to. You will need to screw through the drywall and into these studs. You can use a studfinder or drill small pilot holes to locate the studs. Electrical outlets boxes are generally nailed to the side of a stud, so you can often locate the first stud this way. In most residential construction, studs are 16” apart. Mark the studs location on the drywall before you start installation.

Installing storeWALL directly on studs

Simply screw the storeWALL panels directly to your studs. You’ll save on drywall installation, and also create an additional insulating airgap!

Installing storeWALL on solid walls (brick, concrete block etc.)

You have two choices: Attach the panels directly to the wall, or fasten wood furring strips to the wall, and fasten the storeWALL to these. When fastening directly to a solid wall, make sure that you have a flat surface to mount on. The simplest fasteners to use are screw-in concrete fasteners (Tapcon® brand, for example), but make sure that you use the matching drill bit for the screw. It is often simpler to install vertical furring strips, as this minimizes the number of concrete fasteners you need to use and can compensate for a wall that is not flat. we suggest using either 1″ x 3″ lumber with 1″ long screws, or 2″ x 4″ lumber with our color-matched screws. Fasten furring strips vertically to the wall either 16″ or 24″ apart using countersunk concrete fastners and/or polyurethane adhesive (if the wall is unpainted). You’ve now created your own ‘studs’, so the storeWALL panels can be installed using any of the methods below (and you’ve insulated your walls too!). If you’re in a damp location, make sure that your furring strips are damp resistant (e.g. cedar, or pressure-treated lumber), and leave an inch or two between the furring strip and the floor to avoid water ‘wicking’ up the wood.


Hidden StoreWALL Installation
Hidden Installation uses HangUps for an architectural, hidden fastener installation.

  1. Attach the top row of hang ups for the base wall panel. Measure up 1′ 1″ from the desired base of the lowest panel to position the base of your HangUp.
  2. Complete the HangUps by positioning with the template.
  3. Add HangUps for upper wall panel.

Helpful tips:

  • Using a template speeds installation and gives accurate positioning for maximum load holding.
  • The illustrations show HangUp positions for moderate load. Use more HangUps for heavier loads.
  • Use HangUps at butt joints.
  • A screw in the top wall panel locks the lower panels in place.
  • Plan studs for HangUp placement and butt joints.

Making And Using A Template

Cut a 1 ¾” wide piece of scrap storeWALL. Drill 1/2″ to 3/4″ holes in the center of the slats. Refer to the diagram – the ‘X’ drawn on the slats are an easy way to find the center of each slat.
To use the template, position it above the lower panel as though it were the next panel up. Then hold a HangUp in place behind the template and screw it in place through the hole in the template. Repeat this for as many HangUps as you are planning to use. Make sure that the Hangups are firmly seated in the notch behind the panel before attaching them.

An alternative way of using the template is to superglue HangUps in the notches of the template (in the correct hanging position), then position the template, and mark through the holes in the HangUps. Remove the template and attach HangUps according to these marks.

Installing storeWALL on Drywall

Your first task is to locate the studs that the drywall is attached to. You can use a studfinder or drill small pilot holes to locate the them. Electrical outlets boxes are generally nailed to the side of a stud, so you can often locate the first one this way. In most residential construction, studs are 16” apart. Mark the studs location on the drywall before you start installation.

Installing storeWALL directly on studs

Simply screw the storeWALL panels directly to your studs. You’ll save on drywall installation, and also create an additional insulating airgap!

Installing storeWALL on solid walls (brick, concrete block etc.)

You have two choices: Attach the panels directly to the wall, or fasten wood furring strips to the wall, and fasten the storeWALL to these. When fastening directly to a solid wall, make sure that you have a flat surface to mount on. The simplest fasteners to use are screw-in concrete fasteners (Tapcon® brand, for example), but make sure that you use the matching drill bit for the screw. It is often simpler to install vertical furring strips, as this minimizes the number of concrete fasteners you need to use and can compensate for a wall that is not flat. we suggest using either 1″ x 3″ lumber with 1″ long screws, or 2″ x 4″ lumber with our color-matched screws. Fasten furring strips vertically to the wall either 16″ or 24″ apart using countersunk concrete fastners and/or polyurethane adhesive (if the wall is unpainted). You’ve now created your own ‘studs’. If you’re in a damp location, make sure that your furring strips are damp resistant (e.g. cedar, or pressure-treated lumber), and leave an inch or two between the furring strip and the floor to avoid water ‘wicking’ up the wood.


 

View Comparison of Wall Panel Systems

storeWALL™ System Gladiator™
GearWall™
Garagetek Tekpanel®
Panel Dimensions 11/16” thick
15” tall
4’ or 8’ long
¾” thick
12” tall
8’ long
5/8” thick
12” tall
8’ long
Panel Color Brite White
Dover White
Weathered Grey
Global Pine
Rustic Cedar
Off-white Off-white
Slot Design ‘L’ slot – does not trap dirt. Standard slot size ensures that wide range of accessories are available. ‘T’ slot – traps dirt. Non-standard dimensions mean only Gladiator accessories can be used. ‘L’ slot – does not trap dirt. Standard slot size ensures that wide range of accessories are available.
Installation Custom color-matched screws available from Storic. Find your own screws. Installed by GarageTek personnel – no DIY option.
Accessories Approximately 90 items Approximately 30 items Approximately 36 items

 
 

storeWALL Technical Specifications

storeWALL Heavy Duty™ is constructed from a rigid foamed PVC extrusion. It is one of the widest extrusions of its type in the world, and uses the “Chemflow” process developed specifically for this product.

Panel Specifications

Panel Length: 48″ and 96″
Panel Weight: 8.2 lbs and 16.4 lbs
Panel Width: 15-1/4″ overall / 15″ usable face
Panel Area: 5 sq ft and 10 sq ft
Panel Thickness: 11/16″
Squareness: +/- 1/32″ (.0312) measured diagonally

Slot Specifications

Slot spacing: 3.0″ on center
Slot Groove: 0.200″
Slot Lip: 0.375″
Slot Opening: 0.375″

HangUp™ Specifications

HangUp Dim: 2″ long x 3/4″ high x 1/2″ thick
HangUp spacing: 3.0″
HangUp Angle: 45 degrees

Fire Rating / FlameSpread

IIB 43-775
Loading

Distance from Panel Face Load per bracket (pounds)
4″ 148
6″ 125
8″ 110
10″ 88
12″ 70
14″ 52
16″ 35

Shipping Specifications

4′ Carton
Panel quantity: 6 pcs
HangUp quantity: 12 pcs
Total area: 30 sq ft / 2.78 sq meters
Carton dim: 49.5″ x 16″ x 4.375″ (125cm x 40cm x 11cm)
Carton weight: 60 lbs / 27 kg

8′ Carton
Panel quantity: 4 pc
HangUp quantity: 8 pcs
Total area: 40 sq ft / 3.7 sq meters
Carton dim: 97.5″ x 16″ x 3.375″ (247cm x 40cm x 9cm)
Carton weight: 76 lbs / 35 kg

*The result of in-house testing and/or certified independent laboratory testing to ANSI, ISO or ASTM protocols and standards.