Aluminium is a widely used construction material that is 50-85% made up of recyclable materials. Because of this incredible property, it becomes one of the best choices for an environmentally sustainable building material option. Its advantage extends into its ability to conduct electricity on top of owning high strength and being a lightweight material. Given its unique properties, it can be used in building skyscrapers and brings with it greener building qualities.
Aluminium cladding has recently increased in popularity as it comes in panels which are customized to aid both building exteriors and interiors. Sandwiched panels called Aluminium Composite Panels contain layers of aluminium sheets with the polyethylene core. Aluminium battens and panels can be used to enhance dull walls and provide aesthetics to a building.
Aluminium cladding has a number of properties which are considered advantageous to your building construction and design.
Aluminium is very strong and is almost used as an alloy even if it is 99% aluminium. You might find this statement questionable but just to remind you, more than half of the actual aluminium is composed of recycled materials. Therefore, aluminium can give more strength to a structure even if it’s just a small amount of the mineral present. In aluminium cladding, the aluminium composite panel coated of fluorocarbon altogether contributes to it being weather resistant, high temperature resistant, wear and tear-resistant, and pollution resistant. All in all, aluminium durability is well proven and tested.
Aluminium is the most widely used metal in the world. It contains no iron which results in it being lightweight, and gives it a high strength to weight ratio. Construction of a building’s structure can be completed in less time due to this weight advantage. It also makes aluminium perfect for transportation. The aluminium composite panel used for aluminium cladding is composed of aluminium alloy and high-quality plastic. The whole structure of a building can be lighter simply by using aluminium cladding on the exterior facade.
- Easy to process
Since aluminium doesn’t contain iron, the aluminium alloy panels are easy to cut, groove, curve, and tailor into various shapes. The right angles can be matched to the design requirements with precision and in detail. The level of customization possible becomes greater when using aluminium.
- Fire resistant
Being a good electrical conductor, aluminium can resist fire and therefore meets international standards for fire safety. The outer layer of the aluminium composite panel protects the core polyethylene material. It can also prevent heat conduction during the first stage of combustion.
- Environmental friendly
As aluminium is made up of recyclable materials it makes it a very environmentally friendly material. Also during its construction the aluminium keeps its surface layer with no change, and no pollution is added into the environment through the process.
- Flexible design
The aluminium’s ability to be melted and cast easily makes it very adaptable to today’s modern architecture’s style. Customization of colours is made possible too in which hundreds of base colours for different customer preferences are made available. In terms of its design, you can specify the shape you want your panels to be and the colour, and It’s doable because it’s aluminium.
- Low maintenance
Aluminium has low corrosion properties, making it a high-quality metal which can be used on building exteriors. It is shockproof, able to resist great wind pressure, prevents leakages, protects it from lightning, and is resistant to the impact of extreme weather. It also remains strong at low temperatures.
- Impermeability and odourless
Look closely at the capacity of household aluminium foil, which is often only 0.007 mm thick, it keeps your food wrapped and sealed off from external tastes or smells. Putting this idea on a larger scale and you quickly realize the power each aluminium panel can hold. The metal itself is odourless and non-toxic which makes it ideal for packaging sensitive products like food and pharmaceuticals. Again thinking on a larger scale, you realise how impermeable one panel can be.