Aluminum composite panels (ACPs) when used judiciously in the design of modern
residences can produce excellent aesthetics.
These panels are used as wall decorations in a
wide variety of building environments. The simplicity of application and
easy-to-install character are just two of the factors that have led to an
increase in their use for cladding in recent times.
They have come to give a new character to walls
or, sometimes even replace walls. The cost of ACPs
too has come down considerably over
the past couple of years, making them even more popular.
The panels have been found versatile especially
when it comes to renovating buildings or giving a new and modern look to them.
The panels are produced by binding two sheets of aluminum
with an intermediate layer. The result of the binding is “an
extraordinary material with advantages of economy and versatility in application.
In combination with glass, the panels can give a different look even to
ACPs come separately for interior and exterior applications and
there is a cost difference between the two.The
qualities that endear them to architects and interior decorators include their
economy compared with veneer screen wall materials, durability, heat resistance
and sound insulation possibilities. The worldwide demand for these panels has
been on the rise. Their demand is projected to go up to 20 crore
sq.m by next year from about one crore
sq.m in 1992.