Construction is a trillion-dollar industry around the globe. Consider the progress from primitive shelters in Bronze Ageto modern-day architectural skyscrapers. It has grown to become a leading industry in the global economy that accounts for over 10% of the GDP.
Today, engineers continue to test new construction methods and materials. Experimenting with lighter and stronger material enables building large structures with less support. One such invention is Aluminum Composite Panels (ACP). This aluminum-plastic board continues to position itself as the cornerstone of modern-day construction. In this article we explore why. But, before we dive into that,
What is Aluminum Composite Panels?
ACPs are sandwich panels of three layers. They comprise a low density plastic core and thin aluminum sheets bonded on either side. The result is a light-weight, strong board suitable for construction.
The Versatile Application of ACP in Construction
The industry’s milestone of the 21st century is fast track construction. It is a strategy that employs techniques to speed up projects and quicken completion. The developers start work on a project before the design is complete. As such, the aluminum-plastic boards prove to be the best option.
Here is a look at the application range of these synthetic boards in construction.
The use is extensive in the three main types of construction. We see aluminum composite panels everywhere from our houses to the infrastructure in the cities.
In Building Construction
- Exterior cladding
Aluminum plastic boards are the popular cladding material for building facades. The PE coating and the protective film makes them resistant to weather elements. These boards are also customizable with a variety of colors and shapes. They will protect the exterior and also create a modern and elegant look for the building.
- House Interiors
They partition spaces, clad walls, cover pillars, furniture, and make false ceilings.
Old building create extreme makeovers by cladding the walls with the new look ACPs.
In Industrial Construction
They are useful in industrial engineering for OEM applications. In equipment units, containers, indoor compartments of appliances, television sets, and other appliances.
In Infrastructure Construction
- Advertising boards
ACPs have a high demand for making promotional signboards. Along highways and on buildings, they make the vast majority of signage materials. In the offices and exhibitions, display stands. The Dibond panels are great for digital printing and graphic mounting.
- Car, metro, and railway stations
In transport, the composite panels make vehicle flooring and interior cladding. They construct the walls and ceilings in metros and rail cars.
Why it is the New Construction Pillar
The best construction material has to meet two important requirements. The strength to withstand external pressures and light for efficient construction works.
Although natural materials have the strength and tenacity, they have their shortcomings. Materials like wood and concrete are not easy to be creative with, fade over time, and are heavy. The introduction of aluminum composite panels was the solution to these shortcomings. Some of these advantages of ACP are;
- Light yet Strong
The low density of aluminum and the polyethylene core makes this material feather-light. Thus, a suitable cladding alternative. Options like Alucobond and Vitrabond are ideal. Alucobond is 3mm thick weighing 5.6kg per square meter and Vitrabond 3mm thick weighs 4.6 kg per square meter.
- Cost Effectiveness (low price).
The main reason why ACP is the favorite construction material is its low pricing. In comparison to other materials, it makes business sense by offering value at a lower cost. The low cost translates to maintenance too. The panels need very minimal cleaning. This can be up to twice a year by rinsing with moderate pressure water to remove soil.
- Easy to Work With
It can fold into various shapes and cut to any size. As it is, you can cut, bend, drill, or even perforate an ACP without losing its structural integrity. The flexibility makes it the only material that can work in certain areas.
- Easy Install
The design of composite panels facilitates easy assembly on the façade. In case of damage, taking down to replace is also quick.
During manufacturing, the ACP’s get creative finishes that make them have a sleek look. The wide range of finishes adds versatility to the construction projects. There are options for wood, concrete, metallic, mirror, solid, textured, etc.
- Very Functional
Modern technology allows customization of these panels to offer more than cladding. They provide functionalities like anti-graffiti, sound proofing, thermal insulation, fire, and earthquake proofing.
Sun and moisture don’t affect them. The aluminum forms an oxide layer that prevents rusting and corrosion of the panels.
The aluminum composite panel has become most popular material in the construction industry. This growth is a result of its competitive prices, efficiency, and endless possibilities.
With its exceptional finishes, it is a design for beauty and functionality. It’s the invention that transforms simple architecture into a work of art. Thanks to aluminum, modern buildings have more design and creativity options. It adds elegance by making shapes that were not possible to achieve several years ago.