Aluminum Composite Panel- What is it? And why is it a popular choice of home builders?

Composite Panels are factory-engineered sandwich structures that consist of multiple layers bonded together to create sheets or industrial structure panels. A wide variety of materials is being used today to manufacture these – metal, wood, glass, plastic, and many more.

These are marvels of modern material science and engineering that now find use in almost all modern constructions and architectures. Although there is a huge variety of such panels available today, they are employed for construction purposes based on their strengths and weaknesses. These panels are usually manufactured with the use of metal facings – usually steel or aluminum – encapsulating a foamed polyurethane core.

However, the most widely used sandwich structure is the Aluminium Composite panel, made from the aluminum composite material, and there are several reasons for that –  

  1. Durability – Made of composite materials, ACPs are impressively durable, as well as weather and stain-resistant. They can endure extreme weather changes and still retain their shape and size. They are resistant to corrosion as well.
  2. Transportation – They are easy to transport due to the fact that they are readily available in standard sizes. 
  3. Appearance Flexibility – These panels are also available in a number of colors and finishes and one can replicate it to the color and texture of natural stone, as well as wood. 
  4. Maintenance – It preserves the formation and texture for a long time and a simple wipe with a cloth to remove dirt and dust would be enough maintenance. 
  5. Safe To Use – Aluminum is a non-combustible material and therefore cannot burn. It can, however, melt at very high temperatures, but does so without emission of fumes and gasses that are hazardous, either to the people or the environment. The use of fire-retardant core inside the sheet would further enhance the safety.
  6. Economical – Compared to the other options in the market, they are budget-friendly as well as high quality. 
  7. Insulation – They provide thermal insulation for the lifetime of a building, reducing heating and cooling costs. Additionally, they are soundproof to a significant degree. 

Environment Friendly

  1. reduced emission of greenhouse gases in the processes of production, transportation, and installation. 
  2. Profitably recyclable
  3. Due to their longer life, they maximize the use of resources thus preventing unnecessary wastage.

Conclusion

ACPs are versatile and have so many applications. The Aluminum Composite Panel has been used to construct many famous architectural marvels, like Spaceship Earth in Orlando (U.S) and The Leipzig branch of the German National Library. Due to their lightweight, they have been used in the construction of aircraft as well. This engineering innovation single has been a factor in the changing landscape of the contemporary world.