Metal Composite Material
Introduced more than 50 years ago as aluminum composite material (ACM), this product category evolved into metal composite material (MCM), reflecting the inclusion of natural metal skins such as zinc, copper, stainless steel, and titanium. Aluminum is still the predominant MCM skin material and with a broad spectrum of coil coated colors and finishes for your design.
WHAT MAKES MCM A CUT ABOVE
• High-tech material that provides a modern image
• Encourages imaginative design due to its versatility
• Alternative surface textures and appearances
• Tested and proven systems
BEAUTIFUL BY DESIGN
• MCM transforms modern architectural design.
• Broad spectrum of colors and finishes available
• Bends and curves into various architectural shapes
• MCM turns buildings into timeless works of art.
Benefits Of Metal Composite Material
MCM Offers Flatness and Variety
When it comes to Metal Composite Material (MCM) their systems are among the best metal construction products industry has to offer. Manufacturer quality control ensures the sheet is produced flat and fabricator engineered systems retain that flatness through installation. No “oil canning” because of the bonding technology with heat, pressure and tension creating a well balanced sheet.
MCMs not only provides flatness consistency, but also consistency with coil coated finishes. Aluminum MCMs can be finished in a broad spectrum of colors meeting the owners and architects desired look.
MCMs also have a variety of alternative skin possibilities: Zinc, Copper, Stainless Steel and Titanium are available utilizing the aesthetic benefits of their natural materials.
MCM Is Affordable
Design aesthetics is one reason Metal Composite Material (MCM) are increasing in popularity. Affordability is another. At one time MCM systems were limited to high end projects, however due to manufacturers advanced product technology, improved fabricator efficiencies and varieties of new installation techniques MCM are more cost-competitive than ever.
As a result MCM systems are now installed on a variety of building types ranging from major commercial, educational and health facilities to many corporate identity applications and architectural cornices and soffit designs.
Competitive and Durable
Initial construction costs are often lower with Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems because panels can typically be installed faster than alternative exterior products such as precast, granite or brick. The lightweight MCM systems can save money by reducing structural steel requirements, since less structural support is needed.
In addition, ongoing maintenance costs are reduced as a result of continuing improvements in paint finishes.
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 high-tech MCM systems retain their curb appeal and never look dated, often reducing the need for refurbishing costs.
Tested and Sustainable
Properly designed, tested and installed Metal Composite Material (MCM) systems available through the MCA fabricators provide a very reliable building envelope that resists the elements and protects against air and water infiltration. MCMs are also building code approved.
MCM is an environmentally responsible and sustainable choice for today’s buildings. For example, approximately 70% of an MCM by weight is recycled content. MCM can provide its own Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) on request.
MCM Alliance Member Spotlight
A Nationally Recognized Fabricator, Helps Complete Stunning High-Rise Building In Downtown Maryland With Custom Engineered FaçadeRising thirty stories high in downtown Bethesda, Maryland is a new iconic structure called the Elm, a 1,000,000 square foot mixed-use property. As the tallest building in Bethesda, the project was complex and took over five years to complete. The tower’s base is constructed with dark brick, with aluminum composite panels covering the remaining portions of the colossal façade. Given its height, the design team was required to develop unique engineering criteria to meet inherent wind load and movement requirements. CEI Materials, a part of the design team, worked closely with Shalom & Baranes Associates to engineer a panel cladding system that accommodated these complex design needs.