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  • Aluminum composite panels: Industrial use

    Aluminum has wide industrial uses. It is one of the most versatile metals that are not only light but also flexible. Aluminum has fantastic weather resistant capacities. Hence, you see the extensive use of aluminum in the construction industry, car manufacturing industry, and other industries as well.

    A single sheet of aluminum can be very light and hence might serve the purpose in the industries mentioned above. However, the composite aluminum panel comprising of a soft core sandwiched between two layers of aluminum has excellent applications. Some of the most common industrial uses of the composite aluminum panels are as follows.

    Construction industry: The aluminum composite panels make excellent building facades. There are two primary reasons for the popularity of aluminum composite panels in the construction industry. One is that they look very attractive and secondly, the aluminum can withstand the toughest of weather conditions. They have a great decorative presence. It is very easy to divert the rain water or the wind from the building façade and prevents its entry into the structure.

    Automobile industry: Aluminum composite panels have great utility in the car manufacturing industry. In recent times, you can find the bodies and panels of literally every car is made of aluminum. The fact that it is easy to use a range of colors on them makes it very attractive. In addition, they are very light and hence this improves the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

    Aircraft manufacturing: Virtually, all aircraft are made from these aluminum compact panels. Once again you can see the lightness of the metal clinches the deal in favor of aluminum. It can withstand severe temperature changes and is extremely light when compared to other comparable metals.

    We have seen the use of aluminum compact panels in three industries. However, they have a wide ranging demand and use.

  • France officially opens world's first solar panel road

    It’s time to forget about solar roofs. Because the world’s very first solar road is here, constructed in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. The 1 kilometer road was opened yesterday by The Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal and could potentially generate enough electricity to power the street lights. Normandy is not known for its surfeit of sunshine: Caen, the region’s political capital, enjoys just 44 days of strong sunshine a year compared with 170 in Marseilles

    The total cost taken to construct the solar panel road was roundabout $5.2 million price and took 30,000 square feet of solar panels. The panels have been covered in a silicon-based resin that allows them to withstand the weight of passing big rigs. Royal even has expressed that he wants to see solar panels installed across 1,000 kilometers of French highway. The road will be used by about 2,000 motorists, which include almost all types of traffic, heavy and light, day during a two-year test period to establish if or not it can generate enough energy to provide electric power to street lights in the village of 3,400 residents.

    There are several issues that pop up, however. For one, flat solar panels are less effective as compared to the angled panels that are commonly installed on roofs, and they’re also massively more expensive than traditional panels. Colas is the name of the company that has installed the road and hopes to reduce the cost of the panels going forward and it has around 100 solar panel road projects in progress around the world. Normandy’s Wattway required a staggering amount of $5.2 million to build, which means that each kilowatt peak it produces costs $17.74 compared to the $1.36 per kilowatt cost of a conventional solar roof. Experts recon this might prove quite inefficient, but that’s what the test is about.

    Solar Roadway is another company that is looking towards building roads with solar panels, and it installed a small number of panels at the Route 66 Welcome Center in Conway, Missouri during the early part of this year. Still, they’re facing the same heavy seemingly insurmountable cost problems as Colas and the French.

    Maybe those solar roofs from Tesla are the better way to go after all.

    We’re in a new solar experimental phase right now, as governments assess way to incorporate practical solar energy with existing infrastructure, and without causing a big environmental impact. And that’s great, because it means that governments, not only the French but others as well, are finally taking this seriously.

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  • This building is covered in decorative panels made from concrete

    You need to do something different for people to sit up and take notice. This is the main idea behind this decorative façade on a building in Tourcoing, France. In the normal course, if you have a bank on the ground floor with eight apartments on the first and second floors, who would have given it much importance?

    However, you bring in an innovation such as decorating the exteriors as well as the interiors with decorative panels made from concrete. Immediately, people start becoming curious and take time to admire the beauty. The idea might be a simple one but it is innovative by all means.

    The property developer assigned this task to the renowned architect firm, D’Houndt and Bajart. The first part of the job is to decide on the design. The fact that one of the occupants of the construction was a bank made it easy for them. They got the inspiration for the design from the delicate drawings of the guilloche. As a matter of fact, guilloche is the intricate drawings and pattern on the currency notes that resembles braided ribbons. Using this inspiration, they created specific molds for each decorative panel.

    Once the molds are ready, all you have to do is to pour concrete over them and allow it to cure. On drying, you remove them and have your decorative panels ready for installation. The following job is a simple one of attaching these panels to the exteriors of the building in a manner similar to affixing tiles to the bathroom walls. The result is a beautiful structure that looks not only lovely but also creative.

    The beauty of the design is that you can use it to decorate the interiors as well as the main door of the lobby. This design can surely make heads turn resulting in the building becoming a sort of a landmark in the town.

  • 15 Details of Metal Structures and Facades for Residential Projects

    For centuries people have been using mud, stone, and concrete for building houses everywhere in the world. You need a sense of innovation as otherwise the constructions could become monotonous. Steel and metal structures offer such an innovative change. In recent times, man had started using steel structures for building facades for residential houses. Let us look at 15 such metal structures and facades.


    1. Caterpillar House


    The Caterpillar House designed by architect Sebastian Irarrazaval uses shipping containers to serve as houses. Instead of using the normal bricks and concrete, he has aesthetically used shipping containers to build houses in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Chile.


    1. Shokan House


    Designed by Jay Bargmann, the Shokan House in the firests of the Catskills Mountains in New York is a magnificent experience using steel and glass to build the house. The advantage of such a house is that it does little damage to the natural environment while offering a breathtaking view of the forests from all sides.


    1. House Pegasus


    The House Pegasus designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a magnificent structure that lies partly underground. It uses the shipping containers as its main construction material. The design gives you a great experience of living underground. The stacking of shipping containers is done in such a way that the portions below the ground are not visible at all from outside, thus adding to the mystique.


    1. Single House in Haut


    The Single House in Haut is the perfect example of using modern methods of architecture to combine with the existing traditional stone house resulting in a magnificent structure of steel and glass. The beauty of the experiment is that you have a great blend of the modern and the traditional.


    You have seen the details of four such designs having metal structures instead of brick and concrete. There are other examples as follows.

    1. House on Todos Los Santos Lake
    2. Casa Gate
    3. RR House
    4. House V
    5. Tinman House
    6. LLM House
    7. VIMOB
    8. House in Salineiras
    9. H House
    10. House JP
    11. BLM House


    Each of these houses is magnificent in its own way. You can also call it as innovation at its best.


  • 11 decorative plates that talk art

    Looking for the best way to give your wall or kitchen decor a stylish, charming accent with decorative plates or decorative bowls? Here are some of the most perfect plates for your interior designs.

    1 - Flat Plate by Beachcrest Home - $1,222.50

    The Flat Plate is manufactured in Italy, incorporating a traditional style and going for an abstract theme which goes well if there are other abstract elements in the interior. The plate has an oval shape and is made from Murano glass with a red color with shades of orange.

    2 - Abyss Plate by Cyan Designs - $810.00

    With an oval based design rather than going for the orthodox round shape, the theme is abstract and the material used is a spectacularly high-grade glass. The color is a sort of blue with a bit of transparency. Manufactured in China, The Abyss Plate can prove to be a nice addition to interior design if used correctly. It doesn’t come with the stand and is best suitable for indoors.

    3 - Malachite Flat Plate by Global Views - $747.50

    With a beautiful pattern applied by hand, the fused glass flat plate has striking pieces that are just as beautiful as decorative accents or as serving pieces. This plate fits rather well  into the Greek Key Plate Stand. The Malachite Flat Plate is a part of the Malachite Collection which itself is a luxury to have. It is food safe. The stand, however, is sold separately.

    4 - Seascape Decorative Plate by Cyan Design - $740.00

    Made in China, The Seascape Decorative Plate has an Oval design. Using high-grade glass, it has an abstract theme. It doesn’t come with its own stand. The color is deep-blue with a bit of transparency.

    5 - Chrysanthemum Charger by Global Views - $722.50

    Going for a round shape and with a theme of nature, incorporating a contemporary style and using ceramic material. The Chrysanthemum Charger, with its gold color with matte finish, is manufactured in China; outdoor use; dust with a dry cloth

    6 - Beachcomber Plate by Cyan Design - $672.50

    Made in  China, It has an amazing Sky Blue color, using high-grade glass, incorporating an abstract theme, going for a Coastal feel. It is an excellent choice for an interior decorative plate.

    7 - Shibori Charger by Global Views - $622.50

    Made in Portugal, incorporating a contemporary style and going for an abstract theme. The plate has a round shape and is made from glass with a yellow/grey color.

    8 - Three Dreams Decorative Plate by Cyan Design - $522.50

    Made in China, incorporating an abstract style and going for an abstract theme as well. The plate has a diverse shape and is made from glass with a green/blue color.

    9 - Spark Charger by Global Views - $497.50

    Going for a holiday theme, made in Italy, incorporating an contemporary style, the plate has a diverse round and is made from glass with a nice blue color.

    10 - Art Glass Plate in Turquoise by Cyan Design - $497.50

    The Art Glass Plate is manufactured in China, incorporating a contemporary style and going for an holiday theme as well. The plate has an oval shape and is made from glass with a Turquoise color.

    11 - Swirl Round Canary Glass Charger by Latitude Run - $497.50

    Having an abstract theme, made in Italy, incorporating an contemporary style, the plate has a even round and is made from glass with a beautiful Canary color.


  • How to Paint Wood-Paneling

    Sometimes in life you meet someone and you two instantly click, and before you know it both of you are at the altar saying “I do”. This is something everybody goes through and I’m pretty sure you have too; after that you two wanted kids, you tried and now you two are expecting. Thankfully you had made enough money in your life that you can afford a nice house for you and your family, you could buy a house. You had a really great offer but the only thing that’s off putting is the wood paneling that looks like its straight out of the 1970s, of course it can be worked on so you take the house and now want to work on fixing that little problem. This is how you paint your wooden panels:


    Start by cleaning the wooden panels with a damp rag. This will remove any dirt or dust as well as remove any oil or grease, though for maximum effect use some sort of cleaner along with it.


    Next up you apply the putty and fill any small holes and imperfections that are on the surface. Allow this to dry and then proceed to the next step.


    Sand the paneling with 100 grit sandpaper using a pole sander, sanding block, or orbital sander. This will take the sheen off the finish, which will allow the paint to adhere to it better. Don't get carried away and sand the surface down to the bare wood -- just enough to rough up the existing finish. Do the same to wood trims in additions to wooden panels, just use a hand sander. Clean the walls with a damp cloth when completed.


    Cover the floor with drop cloths, and mask any areas you wish to protect with painter's tape.

    Roller selection:

    Use a roller with a medium nap to paint the paneling. It should have a long enough nap to fill the vertical grooves in the paneling, but short enough to leave a smooth surface.

    Primer and paint:

    You can’t just go ahead and apply paint to the wood, that will be very sloppy work indeed. You need to prime it first with a latex stain blocking primer; once the primer has dried, topcoat it with two coats of latex wall paint.

    Repeat for Trim:

    Prime the trim with a primer. Topcoat the trim using either oil or latex enamel as desired.


    That is the end for a step by step walkthrough on how to paint wood paneling. To paint wooden panels requires a lot of time and energy, but the end result looks great. And compared to the alternative it requires the least effort, I.e removing the wall completely and putting in a drywall. In any case, you now know enough to take care of any paint jobs on wooden panels you may possibly have. If you’re not really confident about it, you can always hire a professional.

  • New Twist on an Old Dresser with decorative aluminum sheet

    Let’s face it, no one wants to be that person who’s out of fashion. So we make great efforts to stay in style, we buy the latest clothes, accessories, some even buy electronic gadgets out of fashion, we even style our homes to be more fashionable. We would buy the style of couch that is popular these days, for example, if striped drapes were out of fashion and floral drapes were in, we’d go for the floral drapes, right? I thought so too. Now, we make tremendous amounts of effort decorating the living room, the kitchen, even the bathroom, but the bedroom gets a little less attention compared to the rest. Despite that, we do try to make our bedrooms as stylish as possible, and like the name suggests, the main focus is the bed. But let me tell you something else, other than the obvious, one of the main components of a bedroom is the dresser. If your dresser is old then all your décor and styling would be for nothing, but what you can do is put a new twist on an old dresser with a decorative aluminum sheet.

    You can get all kinds of aluminum sheets for this purpose. There are the patterned versions available, plain versions, etc. Once you have acquired a few sheets, then the creative bit starts. In case you picked out the patterned version, then depending on the color of the dresser you can match up and stick a sheet on a drawer. Now color coding is very important in making the decision over here, you cannot stick a shiny aluminum sheet on a dark brown wooden dresser. Not unless you want to stick that piece out like a sore thumb. But if that dresser was in a brighter color, then a patterned aluminum sheet would have matched quite well.

    Now for the plain aluminum sheet. As we have done patterned sheets with colorful dressers, now for something more plain. So lets say the dresser in question is of dark brown color, just like we have previously discussed. But it doesn’t match with the rest of the décor and looks too plain as compared to rest of the bedroom. How do we turn this around? Take a plain aluminum sheet, and apply it around the borders of the drawers. In a way you will be accenting the whole piece, and that will give it a whole new touch to the thing.

    Of course if you have a creative mind then the possibilities are endless, but these were just to get you started on the designs. The rest will come to you as you experiment along the way. But remember only one thing before you dive in head first, it all has to make sense. If it makes sense, it looks good then it ok. Otherwise, it’ll stick out like sore thumb and that is bad.

  • Aluminum Composite Material

    Over the years in the history of humanity we have progressed a lot, gone are the days when we used to live in huts in villages and used carts for transportation; it is the time when we live advanced cities, concrete metropolises and advanced cars. I used that example to make my point much understandable, during that advancement and even now a thing that is most sought after are materials which are durable and tough yet light at the same time. As humans are progressing and advancing, they need such materials. Such materials would have numerous applications, in construction of buildings, automobiles, etc. We have a few materials and one of the best of these materials is an Aluminum Composite Material.

    What is an ACM Panel?

    Basically, two aluminum sheets bonded together by a Polyethylene sheet at its core. Aluminum is a well known material famous for its light weight, durability and strength. When such a metal is joined together with another aluminum sheet its properties are greater, but the addition of a polyethylene core in the middle increases its strength exponentially and makes it thicker. The two aluminum layers are now reinforced and insulated, with their bond nearly unbreakable.


    Aluminum Composite Panels are flexible, formable, compact and stable which allows them to be used in various applications but mostly they are used in architecture and designing. They are used in external and internal architectural cladding or partitions, false ceilings, signage, machine coverings, container constructions, etc. Most of the time you will find Aluminum Composite Material panels used in making signs which you can see outside stores and such, and that is due to the Aluminum Composite Material being weather proof in addition to being light and durable. As you can guess the signs are displayed in a place where they are subjected to a variety of environmental conditions, from rain to hail to sunshine to snow and what not. The properties of the Aluminum Composite Material make it able to withstand all that punishment. Now there are a lot of other materials available for the construction of sign boards, but ACM remains a favorite among manufacturers because when we come down to the cost of the materials involved aluminum and polyethylene is much cheaper. There are different thicknesses in which the material is available, but this thickness does not affect its final application.

    ACM Vs. other options:

    Even as we speak, there are newer materials being developed with lightness and durability being the main requirements. One such material already exists, and it is known as Carbon Fiber. It is a well known material and it is on the rise but while it is light and can take some punishment, the material is quite brittle. This where Aluminum Composite Material outshines because it is not brittle and it can withstand considerable amounts of onslaught. That is why in construction, architecture and signage, ACM panels are used and not carbon fiber or some other materials. Because of its light weight and the ability to take extensive amounts of punishment, so if you want to make a sign, you now know of the perfect material.

  • Aluminium Composite Panel Facades

    They say, “First impression is the last impression”. And the first impression about any building is formed by looking at its façade. The principal front of any building which faces open space or a street or main road is called its façade. So, it is imperative that utmost attention is paid while designing the façade of a new building or when rebuilding or renovating any building.

    Modern day architects and designers tend to design facades with stunning contemporary looks in addition to the regular features such as durability and ease of day-to-day maintenance. It is in this context that Aluminium Composite Panel Facades have gained immense popularity in the modern day world. Aluminium Composite Panel Facades easily meet the needs of all weather resistance, air deflection, structural load and uniform load deflection in addition to offering various other benefits.

    Use of Aluminium Composite Panels in designing facades leaves enough room for the architects to innovate and satisfy their natural instincts of aesthetics, beauty, functionality, economics and creativity. Aluminium Composite Panel Facades can be created by architects in hundreds of looks, colors and textures with absolutely fine finish. The potential is almost unlimited.

    Aluminium Composite Panels

    Aluminium Composite Panels are sandwiched panels where two skin-thin sheets of non-corrosive special grade Aluminium are bonded to a fire retardant mineral core or non-toxic polyethylene thermoplastic. It is a highly popular cladding material with a seamless finish for use in facades in modern buildings.

    Advantages of using Aluminium Composite Panels in Facades

    The advantages of using Aluminium Composite Panels in Facades in modern buildings are enumerated below:

    Economy – It is an economical cladding material in comparison to other options available.

    Strength – It is a very strong, durable and rigid material with the added advantage of being light weight.

    Ease in fixing – Its application procedure is easy and hassle free. Further, the material is available in standard sizes, the transportation of which to the site is easy.

    Stain and weather resistance – It is unbreakable, weather and stain resistant.

    Colors and finishes – It is available in multiple colors and finishes, including stone and wood finishes.

    A few drawbacks

    Aluminium Composite Panel Facades do have a few minor drawbacks as well. They are as under:

    Susceptibility to dents – During hurricanes and storms, these are susceptible to dents. However, a few manufacturers use special threads to reinforce the panels as a preventive measure against such dents.

    Careful sealing and water proofing of joints is imperative – This is important to prevent any water from leaking inside the panels.

    Notwithstanding the minor drawbacks mentioned above, Aluminium Composite Panel Facades are gaining more and more popularity with every passing day.


  • Factors to consider when choosing Aluminum Composite Panels

    As human race advances technologically, our lives become easier. That is true and we all realize that, but what we don’t realize is that with that ease come new challenges and one of them is the search for light and durable materials. Fortunately, years of extensive scientific research has given us the fruit of Aluminum Composite Panel. But what is this Aluminum Composite Panel?

    In essence, it consists of two aluminum sheets bonded together by a Polyethylene sheet, aluminum is a light material and in order to enhance its durability and rigidness it is joined together with another aluminum sheet and bonded together with a polyethylene sheet in the middle making one single sheet, creating a sandwich of sorts. This allows the material, called an Aluminum Composite Material, to retain its lightness and it becomes so strong that it is nearly impossible to break the bond between the layers. Here are some factors to consider when choosing Aluminum Composite Panels.


    A no brainer really, before making any kind of purchase make sure that you have the necessary funds to make that purchase. This is a golden rule, and ACP panels are no exception to the rule.

    Weather Condition:

    Second of all, you have to keep in mind the kind of weather conditions these panels will be exposed to. As they are mostly used outside, this is important. As there are many different types of ACP Panels available, purchase one keeping this information in mind. Get the opinion of someone who has experience with them and their maintenance. Ask for help at the place you’ll be getting them from.


    This one is pretty obvious as well, you have to keep into account if the design of the panels matches with the place you’re putting them at. Prior to hiring professional assistance it is important to determine the style you want to achieve. You need to plan the design you want in the interior and exterior section of the residence. As you shop for styles, you will discover many types to choose from.


    And finally we come to the provider, the people or the person you’re going to get your panels from. This is as important as the rest of the steps, if not more. Because choose the wrong service provider and this will cost you dearly. For the best results it is important to find a reliable service provider to undertake the job for you. The right provider possesses a valid insurance and has been in the business of fixing panels for many years. Their quality services can be confirmed through customer reviews and referrals. The service provider will be able to take up the challenge in order to manage the design as well as the installation stages.

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