With rising costs, many are trying to find more economical ways to update the look of their homes and businesses.
One such way is to use cheaper, but good quality materials, such as aluminum composite panels (ACP). This material is becoming a popular choice for exterior wall cladding beyond the industrial sector, particularly for commercial and even residential buildings. This is because ACP does not only possess aesthetic value, but also economical and environmental advantages.
Let us take a look at four reasons why you should consider aluminum composite panels for your next project:
Color and Design Variety
Aluminum composite panels can come in a wide variety of colors, from the classic reds, blues, and yellows, to custom hues like magenta, teal, and purple. They also come in a variety of finishes such as flat or matte, metallic, and glossy. There’s also options that include patterns like woodgrains, marble, and even fabric. ACP can also be cut, bent, drilled, and curved to match special construction requirements, so its versatility is sure to satisfy your (or your clients’) aesthetic needs.
Material and Recyclability
Compared to other cladding materials, aluminum composite panels are a cheaper alternative. This is all due to their light weight. Less material is used to make each panel: that is, two thin aluminum sheets plastered on each side of a polyethylene core, therefore lowering costs. And since aluminum is 100% recyclable, you don’t have to worry about unnecessary waste and causing a negative impact on the environment.
Transport and Installation
It has gotten much easier to source different kinds of construction materials for your project needs compared to four to five decades ago, but logistics can still be a nightmare when heavy and fragile materials are involved. While most construction materials are generally durable, you still need to take care in transporting them to avoid unwanted dents and scratches. At a few millimeters thick, aluminum composite panels are easily stackable and moved due to their light weight.
Installing ACP is pretty straightforward since it’s lightweight and doesn’t require a lot of labor. It’s also a dry installation—i.e., you don’t need cement or any kind of glue to stick them properly to surfaces; other cladding materials require industrial-grade adhesives during application.
Durability and Maintenance
Aluminum composite panels boast torsion strength, which means they can withstand high pressure and force. Their oxide coating allows it to resist corrosion and rusting, making it an ideal choice for the Philippines’ changing and moody weather. Some better quality ACP also possess impressive thermal properties and fire resistance, as well. The lifespan typically varies depending on environmental and weather conditions, but ACP is known to last for more than five years before any replacement or repairs are necessary.
As for maintenance, aluminum composite panels are very easy to maintain. While the only thing you have to worry about ACP is color and vibrance fading over time (upwards 5 years, depending on the quality), it’s a material that’s very easy to clean, and after that they look almost brand new. ACP with a flat finish are also observed to last longer, while those with glossy and metallic finishes will eventually lose their luster. That being said, with yearly cleaning and maintenance, your ACP can last you a very long time.
Alutech: The Leading Aluminum Composite Panel Supplier in the Philippines
Alutech has made its mark in the industry by introducing high-quality yet affordable Aluminum Composite Panels produced by one of the world’s largest aluminum cladding factory under ISO 9001:2000 International Quality Management System.
If you have more questions about ACP, send us your over inquiry via this form and our team of experts at Alutech will be happy to assist you.