This kind of panel is factory engineered and is used in various applications including roofing elements, partitioning, exterior cladding, and load bearing walls. The panels are common in a variety of commercial buildings. They can either be manufactured from aluminum or steel metal facing and a polyurethane core. The polyurethane is foamed and it can measure between 30 mm and 200 mm in width. The thickness is usually determined by the application the panels will be used for and insulation characteristics that are needed.
There has been a growing interest in composite panels in the construction industry as contractors look for lightweight building materials that offer high insulation values. Contractors can use these panels when constructing ceilings or walls. The panels can also be used to form building structures. They are gaining popularity especially for cladding because they offer a flexible alternative to steel and wood framing. These panels have also been proven to be an effective insulation for refrigeration systems. They can also be used to replace metals such as heavy steel when designing billboards or building signs. Composite panels are highly versatile products and they offer both advantages and disadvantages.
One of the main features of the composite panels is that they are manufactured as a single unit. This is a benefit because it allow for quick on-site erection. Easy erection allows construction companies to reduce their labor costs. Projects take a shorter time to complete when composite panels are used. Another advantage of the single unit is that it helps to reduce on-site impact on the product’s quality. The panels are ready to use when they are purchased and this means there is no need to make alterations.
Composite panels also offer high insulation even with low thickness. High insulation is particularly important for buildings that want to reduce their energy costs. A building that is made of composite panels will use less energy in its life compared to one that relies on other materials. The fact that the panels’ thickness is limited also helps to reduce the amount of space they take. In addition, it is easier to seal building areas using composite panels as opposed to other materials.
These panels also provide structural value because they have a combined water and air barrier.
They are durable and offer high load performance.
Less material is required for construction when these panels are used.
The construction process is also easier with composite panels.
The composite panels are removable and this makes it easy for building owners to refurbish at their convenience. The fact that they are removable also offers greater design flexibility during construction.
The panels require very little maintenance to remain in good condition. A building owner or tenant will not spend much to keep a building well maintained if they use composite panels.
Composite panels play a very important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in various process including production, installation, and transportation.
The panels are available in a variety of profiles and textures. This makes it easy to come up with a building that meets specific style requirements. There are several metallic and color coatings. The panels are appealing and they can either be used with or without a finish. When they are unfinished, the panels offer a natural look. They can also be covered in metal coating or paintings. It is possible to textures or emboss the panels to give them a natural stone effect. Design patterns can be added to suit an individual’s preferences.
The panels are easy to shape and bend and this allows them to be used to form curves and various other features on structures.
One of the main drawbacks of composite panels is cost. This means that while using the panels reduces construction time and labor costs, they are more expensive compared to traditional materials. The high cost limits the number of people who can use the material.
The composite panels are prone to dents especially during harsh weather such as hurricanes and storms. Certain manufacturers try to reinforce the panels by including some special materials to make them less susceptible to damage.
They offer a great barrier to air and water but if you are using aluminum composite panels, waterproofing is necessary to make sure moisture does not get in.