ACP Facades Need Not Have Silicone Sealant Anymore
At the recently concluded Acetech at Delhi, Aludecor launched a path breaking technology by the name of Aludecor Systems which can redefine the face of aluminum composite panel facades in India.
Silicone sealant, which is used to fill the grooves of a typical ACP façade in India and which has been one of the major pain points for architects here, goes out of the picture with the help of this technology. Aludecor Systems is a framework and accessories setup that ensures low or zero maintenance. With silicone thrown out of the window there exists zero worries about leaks and stains. A couple of systems provide ventilated façades which ensure comfort of the residents and bring down electricity bills too. Systems also enhances the aesthetics of buildings. The Systems facilitates rainscreen cladding. Rainscreen cladding provides an exterior surface – a cladding layer – that reduces the force of winddriven water movement, preventing it from getting into small breaches on the surface of a building. There are three systems: the Pressure-Equalised Rainscreen System (PER), Hanging Rainscreen Systems (HR) and Male Female Rainscreen System (MFR). “Although the initial cost of installing ACP with the help of these Systems is a little higher, it is cost effective in the long run since it requires negligible maintenance,” Aludecor CMD Ashok Kumar Bhaiya said. Many architects and builders are discouraged to use ACPs only due to the sealants used as they often leak and bleed, thus killing the look of the façade. Beaming with pride Bhaiya added, “The young Design & Application team of Aludecor has developed something that’s in vogue in the West, and now our country too can have equally marvelous ACP facades.” In the Pressure Equalized System (PER), ACP strips are used in the grooves of the façade, thus enabling to achieve the same colour across the grooves through the façade. Hanging and Male Female Rainscreen systems provide thermal insulation and leads to conservation of energy. The technology has earned rave reviews from industry experts. VS Ravi, President of Façade India Test Inc. (FITI) feels Aludecor Systems is a wonderful step that’s beneficial for the whole industry. “I strongly believe that facades should be clean and remain shiny and sparkling for years and rainscreen principle helps achieving that goal,” Ravi said. According to Chief Architect of ACPL Ashok Narayan Pandit, Systems is one of the most innovative products that he has come across at Acetech. Kapil Bhatia, Managing Director of Space Wings Pvt. Ltd was all praise for Systems. “Previously, we have been apprehensive about using ACPs especially because of the silicone involved but Aludecor Systems is a welcome relief and sure am going to use it in my upcoming projects,” Bhatia said. Besides Systems and the myriads of innovative product finishes, architects lauded the eye opening 3D displays at the stall of Aludecor in Acetech, Delhi.
About the company
A pioneer in the world of Aluminium Composite Panels, Aludecor Lamination Private Limited has come a long way since its inception in 2004. Aludecor is powered by a couple of state-of-the-art production facilities that sprawl across 25000 sq m in Haridwar, India. It ensures production at 4.8 million sq m per annum. Aludecor has a strong retail network spanning 200+ cities nationwide and prestigious clients and satisfied customers all over. With a host of innovative textures and finishes, Aludecor is one of the leaders in the market. Aludecor also manufactures Zinc Composite Panels, Copper Composite Panels and has recently launched Systems, a path-breaking technology in that redefines ACP facades.