Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • 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.

    Uses:

    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.

    Budget:

    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.

    Design:

    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.

    Provider:

    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.

  • Aluminum Composite Panel Installation

    Aluminum Composite Panel is a panel made of two aluminum sheets which are thin and which are bonded to a non-aluminum core. They are mainly used in architecture for both external and internal partitions. They are also used for signage and insulation. The core should not be flammable as it can cause problems as a building material.

    The Panels are produced in a broad range of non-metallic and metallic colors and patterns that liken other materials such as marble and wood. Polyethylene which is a material of low density is commonly used as the core.

    Aluminum Composite Panel installation guideline

    • Use VHT Tape which has two sides for effective installation. This is because these tapes eliminate the needs of using screws and rivets. They also make a smooth, clean appearance.
    • Ensure 55cm2 of VHB tape/kilogram is be used for static dead load support. Also, factor in the wind Loads if you are going to use these panels externally.
    • Surface coat the metals with paint and primers to alter their service energy. In so doing, you will have done an adhesion and surface preparation.
    • Ensure the tape width is the approximate size to allow transfer of wind load on the composite panel to the building structure.
    • Determine the tape width which is appropriate for perimeter bonded panels. This will ensure that you have the exact width tape for permanent loads-dead load holding.
    • Calculate the amount of possible thermal joint movement due to differences in thermal expansion between the metal frame and the panel. This will ensure that you have the exact tape thickness and provision for movement.
    • Establish an appropriate work area free from dirt, dust, etc. This is because the tape will bond strongly to the surface it contacts.
    • Maintain the temperature of the working place at 15oc.

    Installation process

    • Prepare the surface properly by ensuring no contaminant at all even fingerprints.
    • Handle the tape at the edges and apply it to the prepared surface aligned with the edge then apply pressure to it to ensure proper surface contact.
    • Install the panel in one weeks’ time.
    • Push the panel on to tape and make sure it is in contact with the tacky tape surface which is exposed.
    • Apply final pressure to all the bond area of the panel.
    • Apply silicone sealant around the panels’ entire perimeter. It acts as weather sealant and protects the VHB tape from cleaning agents which are potentially aggressive.

     

     

     

  • How to Recolor Aluminum Composite Panels

    One of the most asked questions to manufacturers of Aluminum Composite panels is whether their panels come in many colors and whether there is a possibility of re-coloring them. It is an important question though to every consumer of such products.

    To recolor panels is just an easy straight forward affair that does not require any great master skill. Aluminum Composite Panels have two common methods of re-coloring. These are spray painting and flood coat in sign vinyl.

    The quickest way of changing the color of these panels is laminating the aluminum in sign vinyl. The quality of the final product after spray painting depends on your patience, skill, and effort that you dedicate to the work. Either way, you can choose the method that you prefer. Below we are going to discuss the spray painting method of re-coloring Aluminum Composite Panels

    Spray Painting

    • Place the Aluminum panel on rubber or mat to prevent its surface from been scratched in a place away from direct sunlight. The place must be well ventilated too.
    • Clean the aluminum surface thoroughly with soap and water. This is to remove the grime and grease.
    • Use an 180 to 220 grit sandpaper to polish the surface of the aluminum.
    • Use a plastic container to mix the primer components
    • Use a filter funnel to filter the mixed primer into the paint can of the spray gun.
    • Ensure to protect yourself before you begin spraying. Wear protective eyewear to protect your eyes then apply etch primer to the surface of the aluminum using the paint spray gun. Etching primers are not used to fill scratches, but they create an adhesion surface on the aluminum metal surface.
    • Choose the color you prefer. Ensure the paint nozzle is perpendicular and about 10 to 13 inches to the surface of the aluminum.
    • All through, adjust the equipment as you would and perform a spray test. To ensure even application of the paint, move in along straight strokes while applying the paint.
    • To protect the aluminum composite panel from weather variations, finish the work with a coat of paint enamel.
    • When spraying the paint, always paint a thin layer first and where needed add additional layers later. This is because a heavy coat of paint peels easily when dry and it may dry unevenly.

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