Aluminum composite panels (ACPs as they are known in the construction industry) are fast gaining popularity. These panels have been in use as sidings for many years but their application as a roofing material is fast gaining credence among project managers and construction experts all across the United States. In this article, we explore how well ACPs work as a roofing material, the advantages of using them, and much more. Here then is everything that you need to know about the suitability of aluminum composite panels on the roof.
Aluminum composite panels are made of a core material that is sandwiched between two aluminum layers. The core of the aluminum panels is typically made of a fire retardant material which adds to the strength of the panel while at the same time offering protection from fire hazards. One of the popular materials for the core has been PE (polyethylene) which is a polymer but its low resistance to fire means that it is unsuitable for high floor buildings. In its stead, the industry quickly developed FR cores that have better fire-retardant properties.
If you are wondering why aluminum composite panels have gained such popularity over the years, here are some benefits of using them on the roof.
Compared to other roofing materials, aluminum composite panels are extremely lightweight which makes them ideal for roofing materials. It makes installation, repair, or replacement very easy. This also means that you need less reinforcement since the roof structure does not have to carry as much weight. This makes for faster construction time as well as lower costs.
Despite the fact that aluminum composite panels are light, they are strong enough to withstand anything that the elements throw at them. Even when it’s raining, sunny, windy, and snowing, ACPs will handle it all and come out stronger than ever. Being aluminum, they are resistant to corrosion and so you don’t have to worry about the structure of your roof being compromised. Aluminum composite panels are also resistant to algae or mold attacks. All these properties mean that when you use these panels, you are assured of very minimal repair bills.
Another reason to consider using aluminum composite panels on your roof is the fact that they come in a great variety of colors and textures. Many of these colors are unique to ACPs which means that they will make your house stand out. Apart from making your house beautiful, you will also increase the value of the house which gives you a great return on investment.
As noted earlier, aluminum composite panels are designed to have a fire-retardant core. This helps to prevent fires from spreading quickly onto your house (for example from embers from a nearby burning house), This, in turn, ensures that lives and property are kept safe.
For people who are concerned about the environment, aluminum composite panels offer a great way to roof your house with eco-friendly materials. All components of aluminum composite panels are recyclable and thus minimize damage to the environment including landfills.
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