There are so many reasons to use Metal Composite Panels on your projects.
Today's generation of Metal Composite Material (MCM) wall panel systems combine aesthetics and affordability.
Building owners and architects looking to make a design statement should look at today's generation of Metal Composite Materials (MCM) for the exterior cladding of their structure. The high-tech image these wall systems can impart to a building because of their ability to be formed into various shapes can easily put a building "a cut above."
The smooth, sleek metal composite material can be bent, curved and joined together in an almost limitless range of geometric configurations. In addition, the panels exude a lustrous visual when they are initially installed and continue to do so for years to come with minimal maintenance.
Metal composite materials have been used in North American construction projects for nearly 40 years. They are formed by bonding two metal skins to a highly engineered plastic core placed between them, creating a "composite" panel.
The bonding process occurs under very precise conditions of temperature, pressure and tension. The result is a metal/plastic composite that provides numerous benefits compared to a similar thickness of solid metal sheet. The sheets are offered in a variety of lengths and widths.
Originally called aluminum composite materials (ACM), the name of the product category changed to metal composite materials (MCM) to reflect the introduction of new skin metals, such as zinc, copper, stainless steel, and titanium. Aluminum, however, remains the predominant skin material.
When it comes to consistency and precision, Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems are among the best the metal construction products industry has to offer. MCM Case Studies repeatedly show MCM that is flat when manufactured stays flat after installation. There is no "oil canning" or wrinkling because the skins are bonded to the core under tension, which produces a balanced panel.
MCMs not only provide consistency of flatness, but also consistency of finish. Aluminum and steel MCMs can be finished in virtually any color a building owner or architect wishes. Zinc, copper and titanium panels are usually installed unfinished, utilizing the benefits of these natural materials.
And, new developments in paint application technology ensure that the finish remains consistent from one panel to the next, effectively eliminating the possibility of a checkerboard visual on the exterior of the building.
Aesthetics is one reason Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems are increasing in popularity. Affordability is another. At one time, the use of MCM systems on a building was limited to high end projects, however, that is no longer the case. As a result of improvements in product technology and manufacturing efficiencies as well as fabrication and installation techniques, MCM systems are more cost-competitive today than ever before.
As a result, MCM systems are now installed on a wide variety of building types and metal building applications, ranging from major project wall panel systems to cornices and canopies, and are frequently used to join areas between other major building materials, such as glass and precast panels.
Initial construction costs are often lower with Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems because the panels can typically be installed faster than alternative exteriors such as precast, granite or brick. Because of their light weight, MCM systems can also save money by reducing structural steel requirements, since less support structure is needed.
In addition, ongoing maintenance costs are reduced as a result of continuing improvements in paints and coatings. Today's Metal Composite Material (MCM) retain their luster for decades, ensuring that the building maintains its aesthetic appeal and its property value for the long term. This longevity makes a difference when it comes time to sell the building. Facilities clad with MCM systems retain their curb appeal and never look dated, often reducing the need for pre-sale refurbishing costs.
Properly designed and installed, Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems provide a very reliable building envelope that resists the elements and protect against air and water infiltration. Installation systems are available that virtually eliminate the concerns over mold and mildew.
MCM is also an environmentally responsible and sustainable choice for buildings. For example, approximately 70 percent of an MCM by weight is recycled content.
Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems are used around the world in a wide range of architectural and specialty applications.
Building owners and architects looking to make a design statement should look at today's generation of Metal Composite Materials (MCM)
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