Aluminum panels have become popular for construction projects, both commercial and residential. They’re a versatile, modular building material, offering benefits from insulation to easy construction.
And, today, we’re going to break down their benefits and how to work with them. So join us, as we take a closer look at aluminum wall paneling and how you can get the very best out of it for your next build.
Benefits Of Aluminum Panel Installations
One of the biggest benefits of using aluminum is its versatility as a material. Aluminum can be bought in various lengths and widths, and bent and shaped in different ways, making it perfect for pretty much any use.
When used in aluminum buildings, this metal is easily recycled, which is great for green building. This is especially great as it doesn’t lose its properties during recycling, meaning up to 90% lower energy costs.
Aluminum composite panels are as strong as steel, but much more lightweight. This saves money by reducing structural steel support requirements. Aluminum structures are not only up to 65% lighter, but more durable and corrosion-resistant, as well.
Aluminum composite panels don’t typically need painting, but you can finish them in almost any color for the look you want. They can also be etched and work well for various other finishes.
Aluminum composite panels are cost-effective, quicker to install than alternatives, and with less maintenance. These panels also help to eliminate mold and maintain their glossy finish even over many years of use.
ACM panels also help to promote overall insulation, which is great news when it comes to ongoing energy in an aluminum building.
How To Work With Aluminum Panels
Every project is different and, if you’re not a professional with years of experience, you may want to check in with a pro before getting started. Now, that said, if you do decide to press on with the work, yourself, there are some useful tips to keep in mind for best results with aluminum wall panels.
Start by keeping in mind that aluminum works differently to steel. Steel will tend back to its original shape, even when you bend it into a new shape. With aluminum, if the shape changes, the original shape is lost. You’ve got a new shape, and that’s the shape the metal wants to stay.
Aluminum is also a material that hardens as it gets worked. Stamp it into shape or bend it and it will become stronger. Bend it too much, and it will crack, but you can repair the damage by heating the panel to 400° F and pulling the metal again to reshape it. This is comparatively easy, so long as the heating doesn’t go higher than 750° F, at which point the metal will dissipate.
One more thing to keep in mind is that these sheets will typically form a thin aluminum oxide layer after as little as 15 minutes exposure to the air. Remove this with a stainless steel brush, as it melts at a much higher temperature than the raw aluminum and will stop studs from fusing to your metal.
Put Aluminum To Work In Your Building
Aluminum panels can have many benefits for construction if used properly. Today’s article has given you what you need to make an informed choice and start putting this versatile material to use in your next big project.
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