aluminum composite panel installation

  • 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.

     

     

     

  • Installing the panels should not be a tough job

    If you take a walk around any business district in a top class city, you would find a good number of buildings with aluminum composite panels on the exteriors. This has become more of a fashion today rather than a necessity. However, one thing is certain. The building gets an attractive look. No one can deny this fact. The aluminum panels have their own advantages. We shall go through the same. However, we shall look at the aluminum composite panel installation as well.

    It is not a very difficult job to install the panels. The first job would be to inspect the building thoroughly. The building should be either a square or a rectangular one. Then, the job of installing the panels becomes easy. One should install the plum lines at the important junctions to take care of the alignment properly. Having straight walls always makes it easy for the installation.

    One has to attach the clips to the frame of the building. On installing the clips, you can proceed with the alignment of panels accordingly. Fastening the clip to the wall is an art by itself. You should not overdo the fastening. Otherwise, you may end up shearing the outer layer of the framing. Maintain the proper spacing between composite panels.

    One should start the aluminum composite panel installation from the bottom, especially from a corner. You can keep on adding the adjacent panels while adhering to the plum line all the time. This would ensure you install the panels in a straight line. Once you establish the lowest line, adding panels on top should not be a problem. You have to take care of the spacing as well.

    It would be normal for you to install certain panels first. They would be the areas near the doors, windows, etc. Having a proper design in place should be the order of the day. You should do a reality check every few panels or so to ensure that they follow the sequence perfectly. Otherwise, you may have to dismantle the entire structure and start again.

    Every panel would have a protective film. You should ensure to remove the protective film after the installation of the panels. Certain areas of the building may receive more sunlight than the others do. You should take care of this aspect because excessive exposure to radiation may result in the discoloration of the panels. This can affect the look of the building.

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