Aluminium panels: types, properties, and quick tips to choose

Aluminium panels: types, properties, and quick tips to choose

Anodised aluminium for architecture and construction is supplied in sheets, which can take an infinite number of shapes. Let’s see how to choose the most suitable materials for your projects, depending on the functions they have to perform.

Aluminium panels can be used as an aluminium plate and machined to fit a project. The material is easy to work with, so it can be bent, curved, molded, roll-shaped, to name a few. The aluminium panels resulting in this way can be used in various functions, for example, false ceilings, cladding of walls, technical elements such as pillars and beams, and, of course, for the profiles of doors and windows or furniture pieces.

For the many uses in architecture and construction, aluminium sheets can also be coupled with other materials to create different types of panels. Aluminium panels can feature various backings, such as continuously produced aluminium composite panel (ACP). Composite panels made by anodised aluminium allow for increased rigidness and mechanical strength of the panels and can be integrated with many building systems. The anodisation layer protects the material from corrosion and ensures long-lasting durability.

 

Aluminium panel: suspended ceilings for air conditioning

Among the different uses, aluminium panels are widely adopted for false ceilings. Aluminium is especially suitable for ceilings, both for its lightweight, much lower than steel or copper. Moreover, it’s ideal for virtually infinite designs, and even more, its properties make it perfect for air-conditioned spaces.

The air-conditioned ceilings are based on the radiation effect principle: cooling/heating coils are hidden behind the climate control panel that performs as heat exchangers. This way, these particular panels end up looking like any other suspended ceiling panel.

 

Aluminium panels to improve the aesthetics, lighting and noise control of a space

Among the other features that make aluminium panels suitable for false ceilings, one of the most important is, of course, aesthetics: the different heights can be hidden with the aluminium panels, and the building infrastructures, including piping, wiring and ducts, lighting systems and sprinklers, can be integrated, thus hiding them from view. Acoustical properties make perforated aluminium panels suitable for spaces where noise control is essential, with or without a rear absorbent core. The aluminium surface finishing reflects light, both natural and artificial, and can be used to improve lighting efficiency, thereby increasing the comfort of interior spaces.

 

Aluminium composite panels for furniture

Many furniture items are made of aluminium panels that, thanks to its requirements, are suitable to be coupled with different materials, such as MDF, HPL, or feature honeycomb backing, to get high-efficiency performance. The aluminium composite panels thus obtained can be used for vertical elements, such as doors or sides. Composite anodised aluminium is also perfect for the side panels of drawers, that house the sliding guides. The many finishes and colors available for anodised aluminium allow designers to design with great creativity, for different interior design styles.

 

Aluminium panels: recyclable, non-toxic, and resistant

Anodised aluminium, besides being a material with unique aesthetic requirements, features excellent fire resistance. The oxidation layer makes it resistant to corrosion, rubbing, and extends its life. Easy to maintain, it is non-toxic and contains neither volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nor formaldehyde, paint, or lacquer. Moreover, it is virtually infinitely recyclable without loss of quality.

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