What are aluminum composite panels?
You’re probably seeing them every day but you just don’t know what they are. If you want to know what aluminum composite panels continue reading.
“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins,” said Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. And it is true, the greatest buildings in history were carefully made by putting bricks together. Bricks combined with concrete, wood, and steel created some of the greatest masterpieces the world has seen. There is no person alive who can deny the importance of these materials in the architecture and construction industry.
Aluminum composite panels are the perfect solution
Perfect construction material has two main characteristics. The first one is that it has to be lightweight and the second is that has to be easily used. According to that definition bricks, concrete, wood, and steel are not such perfect construction material. For that reason for many years and centuries, architects had problems with materials until 100 years ago. Aluminum was started being used in architecture but even aluminum caused some complications. The perfect solution was introduced in 1969. Aluminum was used in the production of aluminum composite panels and architects were amazed.
Perfect for exterior cladding systems
In simple terms, aluminum composite panels are two aluminum sheets with a thermoplastic core made of polyethylene which holds them together. Because of its structure, aluminum composite panels are perfect for exterior cladding systems. In the language of architecture, cladding is a process when a building’s facade material is covered with some other material in order to protect the building against the weather and/or to create an elegant and modern finish to the building. Apart from external use, aluminum composite panels can be also used in interior design.
Low price and can be well-shaped
The main advantage of aluminum composite panels is that they are low priced and they can be cut and shaped in any size or shape. Apart from that aluminum panels can be colored in any color and they can imitate other materials like wood. The aluminum is lighter than other cladding panel materials. In comparison to other materials, aluminum is very durable because it has a natural durability factor. When it is exposed to air it forms a special layer of aluminum oxide which protects the panels from rotting, rusting, and corrosion. Aluminum composite panels are subjected to the process called anodization which increases aluminum panel thickness. An additional advantage of aluminum is that moisture and sun don’t affect it at all. Since panels are protected they don’t get “dirty” easily so the maintenance is very easy.
Another example of aluminum panels is Vitrabond. It is an aluminum cladding panel that is ideal for external facades, fasciae, and sun blades. Vitrabond composite panel has a wide range of advantages to other cladding panels.
Some of them are:
- low maintenance
- weather resistant
- easy to install
Vitrabond panels can be cut, routed, roll-bended, folded, and perforated without loss of structural integrity.
The third example of aluminum composite material is Alpolic. That is an aluminum composite panel ideal for the construction industry.
Alpolic panels are:
- extremely light
Like Alucobond, Alcoholic aluminum panels are produced from two thin aluminum panels with a layer of thermoplastic polyethylene material in between. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor building applications.
Since there are many variations aluminum composite panels can be used in interior and exterior cladding, signage, wall panels, making fascia, and display panels. For a detailed offer and consulting about aluminum panel we urge you to contact us.
Light, strong and easy to handle
The architecture needed something light, strong, and easy to handle and the solution was an aluminium composite panel. As mentioned in the beginning many buildings use aluminum composite panels to protect the building and extend the life of building materials. Aluminum panels aren’t only used for protection but to enhance the building facade.