For years, aluminium cladding has been popularly used for the construction of commercial buildings. Looking at the advantages offered, the use of aluminium composite panel has extended to the construction of houses. Rightfully so as they offer the best of both worlds- durability and aesthetics.
While you instinctively might be drawn to traditional material such as wood, brick and stone, here’s why aluminium cladding is a better alternative:
Aluminium composite panels are versatile. From roofs, external walls, verandahs, balconies, facias and gutters, there are a wide range of aluminium composite panel uses.
Aluminium composite panels are highly durable against weather. Particularly, in coastal areas aluminium is widely used for cladding as it can resist the attack of seasalt air. When combined with powder coating, aluminium cladding can resist corrosion for twenty or more years.
Moreover, in an urban environment aluminium cladding improves the mechanical strength of a structure. It will resist deterioration from temperature changes, bird droppings, rainfall, sunlight, mold, chemical pollution and much more.
Colour and design
With conventional building materials, there are limited options available in terms of colour. Not in case case of aluminium, which comes in over 200 different shades!
In addition to this, there is so much scope with aluminium composite panel exterior designs as it is available in a variety of finishes. From matte to gloss, stain, metallic and textures shades, the variations of aluminium cladding are endless. Aluminium panels offer room for creativity to architects. The possibility of creating unique designs is unmatched by other traditional materials.
Aluminium composite cladding is an affordable option that will bring down the overall cost of construction.
The ease of maintenance is perhaps the biggest advantage stated by aluminium composite panel manufacturers. There is minimal upkeep required in comparison to painting. With just regular washing you can maintain the newness of aluminium cladding.
Noise and thermal insulation
Since aluminium composite panels are constructed by sandwiching two panels, it provides significant noise and thermal insulation.
Building material like wood are inflammable and can quickly turn catastrophic in case of a fire. In comparison, aluminium cladding is non-combustible. While it won’t exempt your house from fire regulations, but it’s still a safer option.
Easy to install
Since, aluminium is a rather light-weight material, it is easy to transport and install. Also, it doesn’t increase the dead load of the building.
It is easy to source and process aluminium composite panels. The convenient availability makes it a cheap material.
With the increasing climate change, more and more emphasis is placed on using recycled and sustainable materials. Sourcing the raw material and processing into usable products can further the toll on the planet.
Aluminium panels can be made from recycled materials while also reducing the material waste that goes into landfills. As most cladding is made from common metals, recycling these materials will significantly reduce the carbon footprint.
While aluminium composite panels have numerous advantages, they also have some drawbacks. During harsh weather, aluminium cladding can easily dent and damage. Also, without waterproofing, aluminium composite panels would deteriorate at a quick rate.
Despite this, aluminium remains a top choice for external and internal cladding. From facade treatment to false ceiling and corporate outdoor displays, aluminium is an overall better cladding option for homes and corporate buildings.