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Exterior panel system

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Exterior panel system


An exterior panel system is disclosed. The exterior panel system has at least one panel having a main surface and at least one panel side wall. The system has at least one gutter having gutter surface and at least one gutter side wall. The system has a lower receiver configured to join the panel and the gutter to an exterior wall. The panel is located adjacent the gutter and the at least one panel side wall located adjacent to the gutter surface and adjacent to at least one gutter side wall. The exterior panel system is capable of providing water proofing or water resistance to the exterior of a building utilizing dry joins that do not require the use of seals or expandable sealant during installation.
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USPTO Applicaton #: #20140020319 - Class: 523023 (USPTO) -


Inventors: Nicholas Vittorio Marchese

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20140020319, Exterior panel system.

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FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to systems for protecting and beautifying the exterior of a building.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

It is known to provide covering systems to overlay the exterior surface of a building. Such systems may be utilized to provide protection, such as protection from weather as well as water resistance, to the exterior of the building and or to provide an aesthetically pleasing exterior appearance to the building. Exterior covering systems have been known to employ a number of panels mounted to the exterior of the building.

Some prior art panel systems utilize panels that require the use of sealant during panel installation. The present inventor has recognized that the use of sealant during the installation of exterior panel system is disadvantageous, because sealants create addition work and expense during installation and repair, sealants deteriorate overtime and need replacing, sealants restrict the ability of the covering system to be partially dismantled for maintenance of the building or the panel system. In addition liquid or expandable sealants can be messy to deploy. Further systems that require the use of sealants introduce the possibility that the sealants will be incompletely or incorrectly applied or installed and as such will result in a system that has sub-optimal water and weather resistance. The present inventor recognized the need for a panel system the utilized dry joins that do not require seals or sealant to achieve water and weather resistance. The present inventor recognized the need for a dry joint system that prevents the infiltration of water behind the panel system.

Some prior art panel systems utilize methods and mechanisms of connecting panels that does not allow a panel, which is not located at an edge of the system, to be removed without the necessity of removing all or some of the adjacent panels in a particular direction toward an edge. The present inventor has recognized a need for a system that provides panels that can be individually removed without the necessity of completely removing adjacent panels from the system.

Some prior art panel systems utilize gutters that run behind panels for the vertical length of the building, or the vertical length of the panels utilized in the system. The present inventor recognized that the longer amount of time that water is spent behind the panels, such as by retaining the water behind the panels for the entire vertical length, or a substantial portion thereof, the more likely that water will improperly escape the gutter within the panel system. The present inventor has recognized the need to provide a system where the gutters quickly expel water from behind the panels. The present inventor has recognized the need for a system where the gutter runs the length of the adjacent panel and the gutter expels the water on to the exterior surface of the next lower panel or gutter thereby reducing the chance that water will improperly escape from the gutter and contaminate the area behind the panels.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

An exterior panel system is disclosed. The exterior panel system has at least one panel having a main surface and at least one panel side wall. The system has at least one gutter having a gutter surface and at least one gutter side wall. The system has a lower receiver configured to join the panel and the gutter to an exterior wall. The panel is located adjacent the gutter and the at least one panel side wall is located adjacent to the gutter surface and adjacent to at least one gutter side wall.

The panel has a lower panel lip. The gutter has a gutter lower lip. The lower gutter lip and the bottom panel lip each are configured to be received in the lower receiver.

In some embodiments, the panel is a first panel and the system has a second panel identical to the first panel. Each of the first and second panels have an upper recessed surface and a top lip receiver. The upper recessed surface extends above the main surface and is recessed from the main surface. The top lip receiver is located adjacent the recessed surface to create a receiving gap there between. The lower receiver is the top lip receiver of the second panel and the lower gutter lip and the bottom panel lip are received in the receiving gap.

In some embodiments, the at least one panel side wall comprises at least two panel side walls on opposite sides of the main surface. The at least one gutter side wall comprises at least two gutter side walls on opposite sides of the gutter surface. At least one of the two panel side walls are located between the gutter side walls. At least one of the two gutter side walls is located between the panel side walls.

In some embodiments, an overlap space exists along the gutter surface between at least one panel side wall and one gutter side wall.

In some embodiments, the panel has a bottom wall. The bottom wall has at least one weep opening. At least a portion of the gutter surface directs water to the weep opening. At least a portion of the gutter surface is angled forward to direct water to the weep opening and out from behind the panel.

In some embodiments the gutter has at least one blocking wall extending from a rear surface of the gutter. The blocking wall is configured to disturb or stop the circulation of air behind the exterior panel system.

In some embodiments, the panel has a bottom wall and a vent wall extending from the bottom wall. The vent wall has a pressure equalizing vent opening.

In some embodiments, the panel is a first panel and the system comprises a second panel identical to the first panel. The gutter is configured to be positioned between the first and second panels. The at least one gutter side wall comprises at least two gutter side walls on opposite sides of the gutter surface. The at least one panel side wall of each of the first and second panels is located between the at least two gutter side walls to form a gutter path.

A dry joint for an exterior panel system is also disclosed. The dry joint has a panel having a main surface, at least one panel side wall, a gutter having a gutter surface and at least one gutter side wall, and a lower receiver joining the panel and the gutter to an exterior wall. The panel is located adjacent the gutter and the at least one panel side wall overlaps the at least one gutter side wall.

In some embodiments, the at least one panel side wall contacts the at least one gutter side wall at the point of overlap.

In some embodiments, the at least one panel side wall is spaced apart from the at least one gutter side wall to create an overlap area between the at least one panel side wall and the at least one gutter side wall.

A method of expelling water from behind a panel of an exterior panel system is disclosed. The method comprises providing a gutter located behind a portion of a first panel of an exterior panel system. Then directing water caught in the gutter behind the first panel through a panel weep hole in a bottom surface of the first panel on to an exterior surface of a second panel of the exterior panel system located below the gutter.

It will be observed that any number of panels and gutters extending in either or both of the horizontal and vertical directions can be deployed in an arrangement of the panel system of the invention as more fully explained below.

Further the panel system disclosed can act as a rain screen for the external surface or surfaces of a building. The panel system can also act as a pressure equalized rain screen for the external surface or surfaces of a building. The exterior panel system is capable of providing water proofing or water resistance to the exterior of a building utilizing dry joins that do not require the use of seals or expandable sealant during installation.

Numerous other advantages and features of the present invention will become readily apparent from the following detailed description of the invention and the embodiments thereof, from the claims and from the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a panel system of the invention in a first arrangement.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the panel system of FIG. 1 in a second arrangement.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the panel system of FIG. 2 with certain components shown in an exploded format and certain portions of components not shown.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the panel system of FIG. 1 in a third arrangement.

FIG. 5 is a perspective transparent view of a first embodiment panel of the panel system of FIG. 1.

FIG. 6 is a side view of the panel of FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is an enlarged side view of a portion of the panel taken from FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 is a bottom view of the panel of FIG. 5.

FIG. 9 is a perspective transparent view of a first embodiment gutter of the panel system of FIG. 1.

FIG. 10 is a side view of the gutter of FIG. 9.

FIG. 11 is a front view of the gutter of FIG. 9.

FIG. 12 is a bottom view of the gutter of FIG. 9.

FIG. 13 is a top view of the gutter of FIG. 9.

FIG. 14 is a side view of the panel system shown mounted to an external wall.

FIG. 15A is an enlarged side section view of the connection of two panels of the panel system taken along line 15A-15A from FIG. 17.

FIG. 15B is an enlarged side section view of the connection of two panels of the panel system taken along line 15B-15B from FIG. 17.

FIG. 16 is a top view of the two adjacent panels and a gutter of the panel system of the arrangement of FIG. 2.

FIG. 17 is a top view of the two adjacent panels taken along line 17-17 from FIG. 14 FIG. 1.

FIG. 18 is a side view of a portion of the panel system of FIG. 1 with a cover system.

FIG. 19 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the panel system with certain components shown in an exploded format and certain portions of components not shown.

FIG. 20 is a side view of a second embodiment panel of the panel system of FIG. 19.

FIG. 21 is an enlarged side view of a portion of the panel taken from FIG. 20.

FIG. 22 is a perspective transparent view of a second embodiment gutter of the panel system of FIG. 19.

FIG. 23 is a front view of the gutter of FIG. 22.

FIG. 24 is a side view of the panel system having the second embodiment panels and second embodiment gutters shown mounted to an external wall.

FIG. 25 is an enlarged side view of the connection of two panels of the panel system taken from FIG. 24.

FIG. 26 is a side view of a third embodiment panel system having third embodiment panels and second embodiment gutters shown mounted to an external wall.

FIG. 27 is a perspective view of a third embodiment gutter of the panel system.

FIG. 28 is a side view of a fourth embodiment panel of the panel system.

FIG. 29 is an enlarged side view of a portion of a fifth embodiment panel of the panel system.



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Application #
US 20140020319 A1
Publish Date
01/23/2014
Document #
13551271
File Date
07/17/2012
USPTO Class
523023
Other USPTO Classes
527414
International Class
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Drawings
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