There are various types of metal that can be used in cladding. Aluminium cladding is very popular because it is a quality solution that is also sustainable when building a facade that has to last for a long time. Aluminium is among the most used metals in the world, global production is around 31.9 million tons of aluminium globally in 2005! This amount exceeds any other metal that we use except iron/steel. Other popular cladding metals are stainless steel, zinc, copper, and titanium. All metals offer unique their own unique benefits to buildings and construction.
Aluminium Cladding Advantages
Aluminium and aluminium cladding offers great benefits compared to other metals. When designing the facade of your building it’s important to take these benefits into consideration.
Aluminium is a very light weight metal
Aluminium weighs in at about the third of the weight of steel. On average it weighs around 2,7g/cm3. This is a big reason many architects consider using aluminium when cladding. The process of installing the aluminium panels, aluminium louvres or aluminium facade systems will be much easier due to the weight.
Aluminium is very resistant to corrosion
Corrosion does not affect aluminium due to its protective oxide coating. Unlike copper, the weather conditions don’t influence aluminium. It won’t rust and corrode over time. This makes aluminium a great material to built with, aluminium will last for several decades!
Aluminium is flexible
Aluminium is one of the easiest metals to melt and bent. The melting point of aluminium is very low making it easy to shape. Because it is also flexible, aluminium is used widely by architects for special designs that require curved or uncommon shapes.
Aluminium is completely recyclable
If you choose aluminium cladding you choose sustainability. Aluminium is recyclable and won’t lose any of its quality in the process. Aluminium is remelted all the time and the process takes little energy.
Aluminium Cladding in the AFS product line
Architects often choose aluminium for wall cladding. Aluminium can be easily formed in various shapes, sizes, and finishes, making it a metal that can be used for various purposes. AFS International supplies aluminium panels/louvres/facades all over the world.
Panel systems and cladding systems can be fabricated with aluminium as the main material. Our Q-Excellent and Q-Linex systems are good examples of products we supply in aluminium. Please keep in mind we offer custom made designs if needed, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need a custom made aluminium cladding solution.