Aluminium Panels – A Guide to Appearance, Strength and Cost

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 7:56 am

Aluminium panels are some of the most widely-used building materials in the worldwide construction industry today. Mainly used for cladding exterior and interior surfaces, their flexibility and beauty make them very popular with users, building owners, and builders alike.

What Aluminium Panels are Made Of

Aluminium composite panels (or “ACP”) are made of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a tough, non-aluminium core. The result is a thin, sleek, homogenous material that’s weather resistant, temperature resistant, flexible, and beautiful.

The main draw of ACP’s depends on who you ask. Building owners mainly like the appearance of the smooth, shiny metallic surface. Buildings whose exterior walls are clad with ACP’s sport a modern, futuristic, professional look.

Builders, on the other hand, like the relative strength of ACP’s, as they are tough and resistant to denting and damage. They are also lightweight enough to facilitate fast, easy construction.

ACP’s are also popular in the creation of signages, for the same aesthetic qualities. It is generally much lighter than most standard substrates for signages, allowing for larger and more elaborate designs.

ACP’s come in various finishes. By default, they come in an unfinished, metallic silver face, but they can also come in coloured finishes. Varieties resembling other metals such as gold and copper, as well as other popular finishes such as woodstain and marble, are also available.

Why Aluminium Panels are So Popular

In the past, buildings relied on traditional cladding and surfacing materials such as marble, granite, concrete plaster, stucco, and wood. While these materials and methods definitely had (and still have) their place in the construction industry, the need soon arose for a sleeker, smoother, more “modern” looking material.

ACP’s fit the bill perfectly, as it was by default smooth, shiny, and metallic – qualities that represented the “future” of architecture. Aluminium building surfaces were also easily replaced when an update to the building’s appearance was needed – something that was very difficult, expensive, and messy to do with traditional materials.

ACP’s also have their uses in the building interior. They are popular choices for walls, ceilings, dropped ceilings, and partitions. They don’t require much maintenance at all, and last very long. They also have good sound dampening qualities, making them ideal for wide expanses of interior space.

ACP’s are easily available, and also easily cleaned and maintained. They also have better fire and weather resistance than most commercially available finishes.

Builders in particular like the fact that ACP cladding is installed more quickly than most other finishes, which saves on labour costs and increases their profit.

How Much Do ACP’s Cost?

Normally, ACP’s cost between £3 and £12 per square metre. This can increase for more specialised types of ACP’s, such as the fireproof and corrugated-core varieties. One major advantage of ACP’s over other cladding material is that they can be ordered cut to a specific size, which eliminates wastage and saves both time and money.

If you’d like to know more about ACP’s and how they can help increase your building’s aesthetic appeal and value, feel free to ask a supplier in your area.

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