When we think of aluminium the words strong and durable come to mind. This makes it suitable for a wide variety of projects, but which type of aluminium is the best?
In this months blog we take a look at some of the pros and cons of two variations of the material, comparing them to help you decide which will have the best result for your project.
Aluminium Composite Panels (often known as ACM) are frequently described as sandwich panels due to their construction which sandwiches a polyethylene core between two aluminium cover sheets. This design gives the material its notable strength, rigidity, and lightweight properties, making it an ideal construction material. One of the standout features of ACM is its high-quality finish which becomes especially advantageous when adding text or graphics; the enhanced design is immediately evident once printed. Despite its flat and robust nature, the material is highly adaptable and can be moulded to fit various project requirements, making it versatile for both indoor and outdoor applications. Users will appreciate its resistance to staining – dirt and other marks can be easily wiped off. Additionally, its weather and corrosion-resistant properties make it a preferred choice for external facades. Emphasising its eco-friendly attributes, this material is not only recyclable but also reusable, offering a cost-effective solution for projects. For those seeking variety, ACM is available in several versions including Diabond, Dilite, Hylite, and I-bond Hoarding Panel.
On the other hand, is characterised by its light density, which facilitates its transportation and installation. While it might be more cost-effective compared to some other aluminium materials, newcomers to construction might find it challenging and may need to work with practice sheets initially. However, its long-term benefits are notable: its anti-corrosive properties ensure its longevity in most projects. Another significant advantage is its strength, which can be amplified by welding several sections together, either to reinforce its sturdiness or expand its size. Being fully recyclable, standard aluminium is a nod towards sustainable construction and environmental responsibility. Moreover, its flexibility means it can be shaped seamlessly to align with the specifics of any project, and its smooth, flat appearance ensures a clean, sleek finish to the final product.
- Both Standard and Composite Panel Aluminium have a good strength to weight ratio, better than most other metals.
- Both types of aluminium are available in a wide range of standard colours.
- They are both incredibly versatile, with the ability to be rolled and shaped to fit an endless list of jobs.
- Aluminium Composite Panels are more likely to remain flat after installation without any wrinkling. It will retain its shape even in extreme temperatures, whereas standard aluminium may not.
- Aluminium Composite Panels are more likely to dent and is not impact resistant to extreme storms for example. Standard aluminium, however, can be strengthened by welding several pieces together.
- If the joints are not sealed properly, Aluminium Composite Panels may allow water to leak in when it rains.
- Although both types of aluminium are light, the standard form is a little lighter due to the single sheet density. This may be preferable if you are fitting it on your own.
If you are still unsure as to which type of aluminium will suit your project, please give us a call on 01752 917434 or email us at info@cutplasticsheeting and we can talk you through the options in more detail.