Aluminium Composite Panel or ACP is a popular cladding material used for building facades. ACP cladding has been around for over two decades. The aluminium cladding was created in the 1960s as a material for signage. It was only in the late 1980s when the construction and architectural industry started recognizing aluminium cladding as a building material. Some properties of aluminium like durability and lightweight have made it a viable material for building facade. Very soon aluminium cladding found a place in building commercial and residential properties across the globe. We are the leading signboard manufacturer in Chennai who are passionate about delivering quality and perfect cladding on time.
ACP is used externally as a cladding material to create stunning and durable facades. A cladding will have two thin aluminium sheets which are bonded by a non-aluminium core. It is not more than 3mm to 4mm thickness. The non-aluminium was originally made of combustible material like polyethene which is a thermoplastic polymer that had highly flammable characteristics.
The Aluminium Composite Panel has come a long way since its introduction. As an experienced sign board manufacturer in Chennai, we have been at the forefront of research to create non-combustible core materials. The combustible nature of the bonding material was a teething issue and to find an apt solution to avoid disasters like a fire accident was very vital. The core material and the way it is laminated together will make up the key characteristics of the entire cladding material. The different types of aluminium cladding panel are polyethylene, fire-resistant, and solid aluminium. Polyethylene panel type PE cladding is made up of 100% polyethylene which is highly flammable. This is the type of cladding material that had caused major building fires in Dubai, Docklands and Grenfell. We do not use this unless requested due to the risks it involves.
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Fire-resistant panel type or FR cladding is made up of a fire retardant core that consists of a very low percentage of polyethylene with a mineral fill. This material is very tough to ignite and also does not spread easily. Solid aluminium panel type is made solely of aluminium and does not have any non-aluminium components as its core material. It is completely non-combustible. FR cladding and solid aluminium cladding were developed as a safer alternative and also to retain the complete advantage of aluminium composite panel. These ACP materials are great to be used as building materials as they are fire-resistant and non-combustible. It also minimizes cost as the installation is easier and quicker and mostly we have fewer modifications to the building. We must test all ACP products thoroughly and it must be certified by professional safety, fire consultants and engineers before it can be used. ACP used as facade materials is also easy to be replaced just in case we want to use a fire-resistant, non-combustible material.
Aluminium cladding is the most used material for building facades and exteriors. Aluminium is chosen because of its enormous functional, economical and aesthetical benefits. Aluminium is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, durable and 100% recyclable. Aluminium material is expected to last the entire lifespan of the building. At Chennai, we have been meeting many happy customers who have experienced the numerous advantages of using aluminium as a cladding material.
It is not just the facade and the exteriors, wooden windows and doors are also clad with aluminium. This extra cladding will give strength to the window sashes and casings. It will help to protect the exterior skin from weather damages eventually extending the lifespan of the casings. The presence of cladding also makes it easier to maintain and clean. We need to use just a basic cleaning product to clean the surfaces. Cladding also protects from warping and deterioration due to life long use. The thin clad can easily be tinted with the desired colour which will look impressive and will also give a natural appearance of wood. It is a versatile option that offers unlimited opportunities to builders and architects.
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