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Rainscreen claddings - VIVA ACP

Top Reasons To Use Rainscreen System

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Rainscreen claddings are used to protect the exterior walls from rainwater but it provides a plethora of other benefits as well. It can be described as a water-shedding material that is placed on the exterior of a commercial building. One of the primary reasons why rain screen cladding is used in construction is to prevent any damage caused by rainwater. Rain screen cladding also helps to control the temperature inside the building.

Apart from protecting the exterior facade of the building, here are some of the key reasons why rain-screen claddings are so popular –

  • Aesthetics – Rainscreen claddings are known for its versatility and so it is advantageous from a design perspective. Using rain screen cladding is an excellent way of modernizing old properties and ensure that new constructions have a contemporary appeal.

  • Reduced building maintenance – This installation process is without the use of sealant which is highly attracting dust particles and melts silicone after a periodic interval. Using Rain screen system cladding protects the exterior wall of a building from harsh environmental effects. This significantly slows down deterioration. Materials such as aluminium cladding will ensure the building and future owners benefit from very low maintenance.

  • Sound Proof – Installing Rainscreen cladding adds an additional layer to the exterior facade of the building which makes the interior of the building sound-proof. This is especially useful when it comes to any building construction in urban areas near major roads.

  • Easy Installation – Rainscreen claddings are lightweight which makes it easy to install. The cladding can be installed with little to no disruption to the occupants of the building.

  • Energy Efficient – Using Rainscreen cladding on the outer surface of the building makes it cooler during summer and also provides adequate warmth to the building during winter. With rain-screen cladding, energy bills can also be reduced by 30%-40%

One of the most surprising facts about Rainscreen cladding is that it has been around us in one form or another for over hundreds of years. Today, it has become a common cladding material in commercial and residential projects.

What makes Viva ACPs one of the leading Rainscreen cladding manufacturers in India? 

Viva is one of the best ACP sheet manufacturers in India. Our products have been trusted and selected by Architect, Builders, and Fabricator fraternity in India as well as overseas for over 18 years.

Here are some of the reasons why you should purchase Viva’s rainscreen system – 

  • Can be installed on new projects as well as refurbishments
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Silicone free installation resulting in a clean and consistent appearance of façade
  • Open groove installation
  • Impact and weather-resistant
  • A high degree of water tightness and structure stability
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Increases energy efficiency
  • Increase shelf-life of cladding & facade
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Improves thermal and acoustic insulation
ACP Sheets Became Popular In The Indian Market

How ACP Sheets Became Popular In The Indian Market?

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When India became an open economy, foreign products were introduced into the Indian market. Indians were fascinated when they were introduced to a wide range of foreign goods. Among the plethora of things that fascinated the Indians, the aesthetic appearance of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) sheet was one of them.

The architectures, especially, were immensely fascinated with the beauty of ACP sheets. In no time, Dubai acquired the largest ACP sheet market in the world. As soon as the Indian cities began to grow at a rapid pace during the post-economic liberalization, a lot of architects and builders from Dubai and Singapore ventured into construction projects in India. This was the turning point for which India has now become a country with the highest concentration of ACP use in the world.

Apart from the timeless beauty of ACP sheets, the fact that these materials were hassle-free to maintain and easy to install attracted a lot of Indians to use ACP sheets while constructing their dream home. When the real estate market in India went booming, the demand for the best quality ACP sheets also soared to a tremendous level. With the rise in demand for ACP sheets, every company which sold construction materials began selling ACP sheets of various colours and textures. In no time, ACP sheets became an economic and better substitute for other cladding materials that were used during construction.

In the current scenario, ACP sheets are still dominating the market and the best quality ACP sheets feature these properties

Visually appealing

Lightweight

Fire retardant

Weatherproof

Stain-resistant

High Durability

The fire retardant and scratch-resistant properties of ACP sheets are now quite popular in the market, but it is also true that not all ACP sheets manufacturers in India produce ACP sheets that have such properties.

It’s important to understand that Aluminium Composite Panel is a modern material which has existed in the Indian market for a long time. It has been quite a long time since ACP sheets have replaced old cladding materials as it offers a plethora of benefits. Currently, ACP sheets are one of the most sought-after construction materials in the construction industry. Viva, being one of the leading ACP sheet manufacturers in India has a wide array of ACP shades to offer which also comes with fire retardant, anti-bacterial, anti-scratch, and self-cleaning properties.

Highlighting some of the most FAQs about ACP sheet

Highlighting Some Of The Most FAQs About ACP Sheet

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ACP sheets are mainly used for internal and external architectural cladding. Aluminium Composite Panel sheets are modern-day cladding materials that come with a lot of advantages. ACPs are designed to make your home or office look aesthetic. The best quality ACP sheets come with the following features –

  • Fire retardant
  • Highly durable
  • Weather-resistant
  • Easy to process
  • Light in weight
  • Recyclable and easy to maintain
  • Available in a wide range of patterns and shades

However, it is quite obvious that you will have a few questions before you plan to buy ACP sheets. We have highlighted some of the very common FAQs about Aluminium Composite Sheets

What are the components of ACP sheets?

ACP sheets comprise of –

  • Protective film
  • PVDF/FEVE resin-based coating
  • Primer coating
  • Aluminium coil
  • Adhesive film
  • Mineral/LDPE core
  • Anti-corrosive coating

What are the various thicknesses of ACP sheets?

We recommend the thickness of ACP sheets for external application are 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, & 8mm. In the case of internal application, the thickness are 1.5mm, 2mm and 3mm based on the application area.

Related: ACP Sheets Are Available In Various Thicknesses And Sizes

Why choose ACP sheets as cladding material?

Aluminium Composite Panel sheets are the most flexible and versatile cladding materials for residences and commercial complexes. These sheets are lightweight, easy to install, and are very cost-effective and hassle-free to maintain. ACP sheets are available in a variety of shades which makes your exterior and interior look aesthetic. At Viva, we have the largest number of shade series available like – Corton Steel, Galaxy, Dessert, Natural Stone, Elemento, Mirror, Premium Wood, Rustic, Glossy, and many more to go. We can also customize our ACP sheets to any shade as per your demand.

What are the features of fire retardant ACPs?

Fire Retardant ACP sheets are those which is non-combustible. Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Viva’s fire retardant ACPs –

  • Low Flammability – Helps safe evacuation and saves the life
  • Allow people to vacate the building timely
  • Minimize the losses when a fire occurs
  • Generates low smoke
  • Zero burning droplets
  • Delays flame spread
  • No toxics fumes

Related Blog – Leading Fire-Retardant ACP Sheet Manufacturer In The World

What is the warranty period of ACP sheets?

We would recommend you to purchase ACP sheets from a reputed ACP sheet manufacturer in India as they provide a long time warranty for their ACP sheets. At Viva, we provide 10 years warranty for our ACP sheet.

Are ACP sheets scratch resistant?

Some of the ACP manufacturers in India do provide anti-scratch or scratch-resistant ACPs. At Viva, we provide anti-scratch ACPs which features

  • High abrasion resistance
  • Incredible Surface, easy to clean and maintain
  • Perfect for short-throw projections and interactive board

These are some of the top FAQs about ACP sheets in India. If you are looking for the best quality ACP sheets at Viva, our ACP sheets are ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and CE certified. Our fire-retardant 7-Star ACP sheets have passed NFPA 285-2019, EN 13501-1:2018, and ASTM D1929-16 which is certified by Thomas Bell-Wright.

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Viva – A Leading Fire-Retardant ACP Sheet Manufacturer In The World

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The best quality of façade materials creates a great first impression. ACP sheets are designed to make homes and offices look visually appealing. The leading ACP sheet manufacturers in India provide a huge range of ACP shades for commercial or residential buildings, Bungalows, and Mansions. Those elegant shades provide a futuristic look to homes and buildings.

Apart from giving an appealing look, ACP sheets are also fire retardant. Fire-retardant ACPs have gained a lot of popularity and demand on the market due to its very special property which ensures the safety of people. These types of ACPs feature mineral core with a 70:30 ratio between inorganic materials and polymer. As we all know that buildings are always at the risk of catching fire due to short-circuit or any other issues, you need to make sure that everyone is safe and that is when fire-retardant ACPs comes to use. The fire retardant cores that these sheets have, make them non-combustible. As these ACP sheets are thermal resistant, they do not conduct heat very quickly.

Viva is one of the leading and reputed ACP sheet manufacturers in India and its products have been trusted and selected by Architect, Builders, and Fabricator fraternities in India as well as abroad over the 18 years. Viva is the first in India to introduce FR grade Aluminium Corrugated Composite Panel (ACCP) which is lightweight, fire-retardant, easily bendable, and easy to fabricate. It also features superb surface flatness and is very easy to install. It’s weight is less than 4kg/m2.

Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Viva’s Fire Retardant ACPs –

  • Low Flammability, which helps in safe evacuation and saves lives by giving more time to people to vacate the building as it delays the spread of flame
  • Generates less smoke
  • Zero burning droplets
  • No toxic fumes

Viva’s FR class B ACP is made of 70% mineral and 30% LDPE core while FR class A2 is made of 90% mineral and 10% LDPE core.

At Viva, we manufacture the best quality fire retardant ACP sheets which ensure the safety and security of the people. Viva has the best quality ACP sheets which can resist fire easily and are certified by Thomas Bell-Wright. We also use Lead-free paint, certified by the IGBC to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

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Why Are People Using ACP Sheets For Interior Design?

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In the past ACP sheets were used in the aviation and ship industry, however, its use has diversified over the years. Now architects use it for interior design and exterior, signage, among others. The aluminium composite sheets actually are the sandwich structure of mineral core or low-density polyethylene (LDPE) along with a bonded thin coil as a skin-layer for both sides. This product is being widely used in the retail industry, as it has several benefits and offers ease of construction.

Being said that, let us find out why people choose ACP cladding over natural processes.

Advantages and workability of ACP cladding sheets

ACP cladding is a process where a sheet of metal is weathered for rusting. Many interior designers have made ACP their working friend as it is convenient to use and gives the building an authentic look. Therefore, presently the retail market is focusing on purchasing ACPs and using them making the construction rigid and strong.

Related – Combustible ACP Cladding

The natural process takes time and involves a set of processes for rusting the metal. However, for ACP cladding that is not the case, even though it has the same rigidity as the natural product.

Possible to give different shapes such as 3D, other than the hundreds of ACP designs.

The installation and fabrication of ACPs are cost-effective while it also saves time and benefits the projects bound with a time frame.

It is the best substitute for natural wood or stone in terms of providing a building with the contemporary look that suits.

Buildings that abide by low noise such as salons, retail book stores can best utilize this product. ACPs can reduce sound nearly to 25 dB in normal ones and up to 30dB in FR ACPs.

The variety of products that can be crafted through ACP cladding, i.e. impossible for the natural process to attain.

The ACPs can easily be maintained by washing and cleaning them, without asking for extra attention.

These sheets can be reused during renovations, and provide a long-term relationship with the building it settles in.

The VIVA ACP sheets are ecofriendly as it contains about 80% recyclable materials. Additionally, few are anti-bacterial, anti-scratch, and anti-fire for providing the building with the right support.

Related – NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 Certification On Viva’s ACP

Final Thoughts

The benefits of aluminium composite sheets are ever-growing, as the interior and exterior designers choose this product. If you are interested in purchasing ACP sheets you can check out the official website of Viva. We have a total of 18 warehouses all over India.

There are over 300 colours to choose from and various designs to play within Viva.

Looking at the requirements in hand we suggest the ACP quality that suits best, whereas you can customize the product as you wish. We at Viva respect our clients’ choice, as they can choose the color they want for maintaining brand identity.

The ACPs created at our end come from in-house manufacturing at Umbergaon in Gujarat utilizing the Korean machines provided by the state-of-the-art. Therefore, the quality is top-notch and the products have a fire-safety rating of A2 and A2+.

Viva’s ACPs Are Certified For Leadership In Energy And Environment Design

Viva’s ACPs Are Certified For Leadership In Energy And Environment Design

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Viva Composite Panel is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and is ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, and CE certified. The company was set in 2003 and since then, we have served both in India and abroad. The ACP panel manufactured by Viva is also LEED-certified by IGBC, declaring it harmless for the environment. Additionally, Viva uses leafless paint for ACP cladding.

We have also maintained the ACP sheet price, even though we manufacture refined quality products leveraging the Korean machinery by state-of-art. Our manufacturing facility is located at Umbergaon, Gujarat a perfect harmony of veteran workers and the best machines.

What made the achievement possible?

Over the years Viva has practised efficient means of manufacturing, where production and supply fall in perfect synchronization. However, without compromising the safety of the workers or the quality of the product. The Korean machines provided by state-of-art have been installed in a suiting infrastructure.

While only the highly qualified professionals operate these machines for incorporating perfection. This facility is aided with all kinds of safety measures so that the workers are confident about their working environment. Pushing it further, we have solar power panels to ensure uninterrupted production and zero electrical energy consumption.

We have constantly maintained a low profile on pollution and leveraged reuse. The constant hard work and development have made us one of the leading producers of composite sheets or ACPs in India. With an average of 7 million sq. Mt Per annum and 2 lakh sq. ft. per day production, your demand can be instantly fulfilled.

Related – NFPA 285, EN 13501-1 & ASTM D1929 Certification On Viva’s ACP

The speciality of the APCs created in Viva

Apart from the large scale production we also supply in many parts of the city. We have 6 production channels and 18 warehouses and more than 500 dealers network in India. The support from the resources will soon help us to deliver in almost all the cities in India.

We provide customized products for our customers, through the high-quality Color Coating Line or CCL. This helps the customers to choose any color for the product or add special shades or incorporating brand identity nulling the chances of the color coming out. We use lead-free paint to prevent health hazards.

Additionally, we provide a range of products depending on the property such as fire retardant, anti-bacterial, anti-scratch, and self-cleaning ACPs. In case of fire, the fire retardant product can resist fire for 2 hours, and do not lead to flashover or generate smoke, producing zero flaming droplets. Similarly, the other properties such as no bacteria, scratchproof, and self-cleaning are quite self-explanatory.

Where does this land Viva at?

The precautions and measures that we practice have made us distinguishable and won us certificates of safe sale. The variety of products that Viva manufacturers are showcased on their website. We can raise your eye-brow with our existing designs, but of course, we welcome all kinds of customized designs that will complete your work of art. At Viva, we do not trade-off the environment or the quality of the product.

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Combustible ACP Cladding

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The term ‘Combustible ACP Cladding’ has been doing the rounds in the construction sector for some time now. The last two decades have witnessed a few major building fire instances across the globe, and aluminum composite panel sheets were at the center of most of these accidents.

What is ACP sheet?

Aluminum Composite Panel or ACP refers to an external cladding that consists of two aluminum skins. These aluminum sheets have an insulating core placed between them. Thus, they prevent rain and wind from entering buildings by providing sound and thermal insulation. While they enhance a structure aesthetically, they don’t offer much structural strength to the building.

How do I know if my building is vulnerable to combustible ACP Cladding?

The State Building Regulations carry out annual audits for all high rise and high-risk buildings that have ACP sheet attached to them. It entails the identification of all potential “at risk” buildings in metro and regional areas. The Building Commissioner then publishes an update of the audit report based on the findings at the conclusion.

Can emerging technologies challenge Combustible ACP Cladding?

Although aluminum panel sheet is a favorite in the construction sector, there is a call from many sections for new ideas to combat the unstoppable emergence of ACP sheet.

One revolutionary idea is using expandable graphite in the construction of ACP cladding. When treated with heat and acid, these coarse flakes split part and enhance the volume by three hundred times. The expandable graphite is already being used as protection against fire and heat in applications ranging from consumer electronics to building materials.

However, the scale at which graphite is being produced globally is nowhere close to addressing the demands. Moreover, the diminishing supply due to the closure of mines in countries like China has added on to this problem. With high worldwide demand, ACP cladding remains miles ahead of any of the potential challenges that it might face.

Conclusion

Viva has become one of the leading aluminum composite panel manufacturers in recent times. With a rich experience of working on multiple national and international projects, Viva aims to become the most sought out supplier of fire retardant ACP to keep any fire hazards at bay. We also have extensive experience in manufacturing high-quality fire retardant ACP with PE, FR, and Aluminum cores.

Go for fire retardant ACP in all your commercial establishments. Every wise step that you take today will prove beneficial tomorrow.

Aluminium Composite Panels and it’s Evolution

Aluminium Composite Panels and it’s Evolution 825 510 admin

Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) has been a popular material for building facades as well as cladding for more than two decades. ACP consists of two high-strength aluminium sheets which sandwich a low density, insulating core. Hence, they are also known as sandwich panels.

The original purpose behind their design and creation was to use it as a material for signage. However, today ACP find diverse applications like wall coverings, architectural claddings, interior decorations, false ceilings, etc.

So, below is the history and evolution of ACP and how it came to become one of the most important building material used in various construction and architectural projects.

History of Aluminium Composite Panels

The Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) was originally introduced as a joint-invention between companies known as Alusingen and BASF in 1969. Later Alusuisse bought Alusingen, which was eventually obtained by another international firm named Alcan (currently Rio Tinto) in 2000.

In spite of its introduction in the 1960s, it was only until the mid-1980s that the mainstream architectural industry discovered the properties of ACP as a building material and started its extensive use. Moreover, the widespread use of ACP in the commercial and residential buildings began in the early 1990s. It was then realised that it could reduce costs and enhance architectural performance.

ACP Brands through time

The first form of Aluminium Composite Panels that came to existence was marketed under the brand name ‘Alucobond®,’. The manufacturing process was patented by Alusingen for 20 years, between 1971 and 1991. The brand name (Aluminium –Composite — Bonding) was itself a representation of how the panel was made; by bonding the aluminium alloy to a composite material. It is for the same reason that the original aluminium composite panels were also known as Alucobond.

After the patent expired, many prominent names of the construction industry began the ACP manufacturing process. As a result, several significant brands emerged, like Alcoa (brand name Reynobond), Mitsubishi (brand name Alpolic), Etem (brand name Etalbond), etc.

Change in Composition of Aluminium Composite Panels

Even though many ACP brands emerged, the product did not change in essence. The significant changes occurred in the composition of the aluminium panels, which was modified based on the required features of the panel and their area of use.

However, when some high-rise buildings got burnt due to the involvement of ACP, the flammable nature of its core material came to fore. Since then, the core material has been altered to constitute non-flammable material with a low combustion risk.

The overall thickness of the panels used currently is in the range of 3-6 mm (0.12-0.24 in.), and that of the aluminium facings is in the range of 0.2- 0.8 mm (0.008- 0.032 in.) The insulated core has been developed from several different materials, but there are three general categories today in which every kind of core belongs:

  • PE Cores – These cores are made of 100% polyethylene (PE) and are flammable.

  • FR Cores – These cores are made of a composite material containing a high percentage (70% to 90%) of mineral wool/ rock fiber/ rock wool, which are non-combustible and act as a fire retardant.

  • Aluminium Cores – These cores are either made of an aluminium honeycomb structure or solid aluminium.

To make them more suitable for various kinds of applications, ACPs have been developed with different types of paints and coatings, as shown below:

  • PE/FR Constructional/Architectural Panel sheets coated with PVDF resin, (XT/ High Durable) polyester paint.

  • Panel sheets coated with Nano PVDF

  • Digital Printing/ Signage Panel sheets coated with FEVE resin or high-quality polyester.

Since the modifications carried out with the core and panel quality, several ACP products have launched which show many architectural advantages over other building materials:

  • Higher strength to weight ratio

  • Lighter weight

  • Material flexibility and adaptability

  • Durability

  • Superior insulation features

Evolution of Aluminium Composite Panels

From being used for signage in the beginning to being a major architectural material, ACP has come a long way. Today, it finds applications in various projects and spaces, including in:

Internal Partitions, Building Renovations, Curved Fascias, Container Constructions, Internal Wall Coverings, Architectural Claddings, Machine Coverings and many more.

Aluminium Composite Panels are one of the most used material that dominates the facade industry. Due to its light-weight features, it is the substance of choice for building temporary elements like trade show structures. Viva manufactures high-quality Aluminum composite panels as per the building requirements. These include Aluminum core, FP core and PE core sandwich material that gives maximum structural integrity and fire hazard protection.

The use of Aluminium Composite Panels has evolved to such a level that many famous architectural marvels are extensively constructed from it. Some of them are Spaceship Earth in Orlando (U.S); L’Oreal Paris building in France; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; The Leipzig branch of German National Library; VanDusen Botanical Garden in Canada, etc.

Conclusion

From a material dominated by a single company, Aluminium Composite Panels has evolved not only in its composition and manufacturers but also in its applications, making it one of the most used materials in the construction and architectural industry. With their lighter weight and fire -retardant properties, aluminium composite panels have been used so extensively, that some modern cities are composed entirely of them, along with materials like glass and curtain wall.

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