When designing tall buildings, we often get caught up in the height of that building. Or we think about the fancy interior or trendy additions that building might have – such as a living gardens on roofs. However, one of the most important design elements of your building is its facing, as this is what most people will look at first when approaching that building.
Which is why, due to its brilliant advantages, more and more architects are using aluminium for their buildings across the world but what is it about this material that makes it so popular?
These days, it is extremely important that we think carefully about what materials we choose to use in our projects and high-rise buildings are no exception. Especially when you think that these tall buildings will use a lot of material, meaning that if you use a lot of something like steel, this could have a serious impact on the environment.
By choosing to use aluminium cladding, though, you are choosing a material that is 100% recyclable. In fact, aluminium can be recycled and reused indefinitely with each recycling process only using around 5% of the energy it would take to produce new aluminium.
Even better, aluminium will insulate a building far better than other materials, making your completed building far more energy efficient. This is often a problem in taller buildings, as these buildings often lose heat.
This insulation is due to the fact that aluminium is less emissive compared to other materials, i.e. when heated, the aluminium will hold on to its heat for longer as it loses less heat energy.
One of the greatest advantages of using aluminium in your buildings is the fact that it is so easy to maintain. As, unlike other materials, once you have your aluminium facing installed and treated it will never rot, peel, or rust. Which will require fixing and even replacement over time.
By using aluminium, though, you will only need to give it a wash every so often and that is just for cosmetic reasons rather than for any kind of structural integrity. Making it both low maintenance and cost effective for you.
Aluminium has a very high strength to weight ratio. In fact, compared to steel, aluminium is just as strong but weighs an impressive half of the weight. This makes it ideal for tall buildings as you can get a lighter weight building without compromising on the overall strength of that building. Which means your new building will be strong against the elements, such as high winds.
This lightweight value has other advantages too, as because it’s lighter it means your transport and loading of your aluminium will be easier. This will not only help reduce your transport costs but is also beneficial to the environment as less fuel is consumed transporting your aluminium to the building site.
It is even considered relatively easy to transport an aluminium structure – although you are unlikely to want to shift a high-rise office or flats around!
Often, when we think about a building with aluminium wall cladding, we think it must look like a big shiny metal thing – especially on tall buildings – which might not be the most attractive looking building to others.
However aluminium facing can be treated in several ways in order for you to create the dream architecture that you have been planning for years. Here are just some of the ways you can alter aluminium to make it more visually appealing:
This architectural process is very common with aluminium, as it not only gives a bright and bold finish to your facings, but it also has a very durable finish, making it well worth the effort. There are a vast number of Polyester Powder Coatings in bright colours and different effects. So, regardless of how ambitious your architectural plans are, PPC can make it simple.
PPC colour options include:
These brightly coloured PPC treatments are particularly popular for tall buildings such as museums, schools, and hospitals. Whereas, the usage of greys and blacks will work well with office buildings as they look sleek and professional.
For effects, polyester powder coatings can be used to create lots of different textures that will make it look less like its original aluminium form. This could be something like an oxide effect, stone effect or tile effect. There really is a lot of choice, so whatever you are thinking about, just speak to a member of the Glaze Aluminium team to see how your dreams could become reality.
If you are looking for a coloured finish, which also comes with one of the best corrosion endurances, then anolok anodising could be the ideal finish for you. As this process, which can add a modern and enviable colour to your aluminium walling, will also help prevent corrosion and prevent wearing from the elements.
The anolok anodising process also improves your aluminium so that paint primers stick to it better, meaning you can choose from a wide range of colour finishes as well as effects and patterns. Which is ideal for architects looking for something special.
Plus, having your aluminium cladding anolok anodised will not affect its UV properties.
If you were creating a building using bricks, cement, or wood, you would find you were somewhat limited to the rigidity of your materials. With aluminium though, this material is lightweight and strong enough to be moulded into different shapes.
This gives architects a whole new level of freedom when it comes to design, as you now have the possibility of adding all sorts of unique and bespoke 3D elements to your buildings.
Are you designing a tall or high-rise building and you are interested in adding aluminium wall cladding? Well, to talk you through any questions you might have, simply get in contact with our expert team here at Glaze Aluminium today who will be more than happy to help you out.Back to Blog