What are aluminium composite panels?You’re probably seeing them every day but you just don’t know what they are. If you want to know what aluminium 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.
Aluminium composite panels are the perfect solutionPerfect 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. Aluminium was started being used in architecture but even aluminium caused some complications. The perfect solution was introduced in 1969. Aluminium was used in the production of aluminium composite panels and architects were amazed.
Perfect for exterior cladding systemsIn simple terms, aluminium composite panels are two aluminium sheets with a thermoplastic core made of polyethene which holds them together. Because of its structure, aluminium 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, aluminium composite panels can be also used in interior design.
Low price and can be well-shapedThe main advantage of aluminium composite panels is that they are low priced and they can be cut and shaped in any size or shape. Apart from that aluminium panels can be coloured in any colour and they can imitate other materials like wood. The aluminium is lighter than other cladding panel materials. In comparison to other materials, aluminium is very durable because it has a natural durability factor. When it is exposed to air it forms a special layer of aluminium oxide which protects the panels from rotting, rusting, and corrosion. Aluminium composite panels are subjected to the process called anodization which increases aluminium panel thickness. An additional advantage of aluminium 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.
VitrabondAnother example of aluminium panels is Vitrabond. It is an aluminium 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
AlpolicThe third example of aluminium composite material is Alpolic. That is an aluminium composite panel ideal for the construction industry. Alpolic panels are:
- extremely light