The Growing Popularity of PVDF
The construction of a new building is a highly complex process, involving numerous specialists and tradespeople. As well as striking a balance between design and cost-effectiveness, building projects are also uniquely susceptible to environmental factors such as adverse weather or unexpected issues below ground.

It’s vital that any construction project minimises the risk of delays, and this can be supported by quality building materials being supplied on time and to an agreed standard. Pre-painted metal cladding represents a perfect example of this – a cost-effective and dependable long-term protection against ambient factors, which can be tailored to suit each design without damaging either the environment or the balance sheet.

CGL Façades regularly supplies pre-painted aluminium with a PVDF coating, and a high-profile example of this can be seen in the Eurocentral project in central Scotland. As the largest Scottish commercial building project completed during the last ten years, Eurocentral’s buildings are clad in 2mm pre-painted aluminium panelling. This Traypanel system offers a number of key benefits, which any project manager or architect should consider when planning a new structure:

  • 1. A huge choice of colours and textures. The smooth finish of unpainted aluminium provides a superb base for an extensive variety of paint colours and tones. From gloss to embossed, the surface can be textured or smooth – or even given a patina that resembles copper, zinc, sandstone or wood-grain. The ability to replicate natural materials can help a new structure blend into an established streetscape, particularly in a conservation area or historic environment. Meanwhile, the flexible and malleable nature of metal also means it can be moulded into irregular shapes or used on unconventionally-shaped structures.

  • 2. Consistency in finishes. The high-end painting processes and controlled environment ensure absolute uniformity on every panel. In turn, that means any building will be clad in standardised materials with no mismatched panels or requirements for replacement sections. This can prevent troublesome delays (and knock-on costs) that could be triggered by the supply of defective or inconsistent materials.

  • 3. Durability. The integrity and strength-to-weight ratio of steel and aluminium have underpinned their growing adoption on buildings across Britain. A pre-painted surface enhances the durability of these cladding materials even further, with a consistent thickness of finish that will be impervious to attacks from the elements. Even in harsh climates, pre-painted metal can last for forty years when properly cleaned and maintained.

Given these benefits, it’s perhaps unsurprising that pre-painted metal has become a key building and cladding material around the world. From offices and warehouses to residential buildings, anything from a feature gable to an entire frame can be cost-effectively clad in materials that will retain their appearance and durability for decades to come. The ability to tailor cladding to match its surroundings also makes pre-painted metal a strong option for locations where neighbouring buildings enjoy a consistent appearance, helping new structures to blend in straight away.

Posted by Stuart McMillan
Thursday, July 13th, 2017