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Aluminum Composite Panel Installation Overview

by Wave Construction Construction
Aluminum can be found everywhere in the construction world, from bridges to commercial buildings. Its high strength to weight ratio makes it beneficial to the industry. It can bear heavy materials like glass. This is also the main reason why aluminum dominates modern office buildings and skyscrapers.

Another advantage of aluminum besides its durability and strength is its low maintenance requirements.

One of the most used aluminum based materials is the aluminum composite panel or ACP. This was considered one of the most useful construction innovations in the 21st century. 

ACP has a great resistance to corrosion and climate. With a creative designer, it can result in an aesthetically pleasing façade and even replicate the color and texture of natural stone and wood, among others. 

It can be easily installed too. However, you cannot make the most of these advantages if ACP is not installed properly. 

If you are planning to use ACP for cladding works, you can easily find an ACP provider in the Philippines. However, to make sure that the installer is doing their job correctly, it’s a good idea to  learn about ACP installation yourself. 
Here are a few things worth knowing about it.

Clean Surface

When installing, make sure that there’s no contaminants (not even fingerprints) on the surface. A clean surface is essential to make sure that the adhesive and the panel will stick properly.
 
Establish an area that is conducive for work. It should be free from dirt and dust. You need the adhesive to bond strongly to the surface it contacts. 

Alignment and Consistency

Uneven alignment is one of the things that can be seen right away if ACP is not installed properly. To make sure that there’s consistency, use proper-sized shims between the panel.

Minimise Gaps

Composite panels are prone to gaps which result in water leaks. To have watertight joints, the installer should start at the eaves and work their way up the slope to the ridge. The same process should be applied on the adjacent panel. 

It’s All About the Details

When we  say details, it is not only about the installation process itself. This also includes the quality of the materials used.  The installer should also use the appropriate adhesive. A double-sided VHB Tape is one of the efficient ways of installing ACP and is used by most ACP installations in Davao.

Also, ACP Sheet should be uniform in size and thickness, which should be checked first before doing the installation process. 

The panels should also be pre-positioned to see any significant inconsistencies. 

Another Important Reminder:

All walling systems, including cladding or lining, should be installed in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendation. 


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