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What are the benefits of metal rainscreen cladding systems?

23rd June 2016

The modern concept of rainscreen cladding was developed in Scandinavia during the 1940′s and it became widely used throughout Europe in the 1970′s and in the UK in the 1980s.

Metal rainscreen cladding systems provide an efficient, attractive and low maintenance solution for a wide variety of external building envelope and facade requirements, with aluminium cladding being one of the most popular.

Aside from its outstanding aesthetics, aluminium rainscreen cladding systems put less loading on a building’s underlying structure compared to traditional masonry-based materials. This results in a lower carbon footprint and higher levels of natural daylight, as the need for internal supporting walls is minimised. As a result, aluminium rainscreen cladding systems are now commonly specified on most major developments.

A great example of how aluminium cladding can bring a building design to life is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). We supplied the aluminium rainscreen façade for this project, which used a secret fix hanging system to create a sheer, smooth façade.

Why choose aluminium?
Aluminium is an ideal architectural material because it is low maintenance and looks great. It can be finished in a range colours and textures. These include anodised finishes, in a choice of metallic colours and PPC (Polyester Powder Coated) to any RAL colour reference. Perforated aluminium cladding panels also create a stunning architectural aesthetic, and can still deliver all the benefits of a rear ventilated rainsceen cladding system. In terms of aesthetics, the perforations add depth and texture, creating shadow lines and patterns that change depending on the angle that they are viewed and the level of sunlight.

Where brise soleil is required around windows, specifying these in the same perforation design as the cladding panels creates a stunning three-dimensional façade aesthetic.

Our aluminium rainscreen cladding is an inspirational choice for buildings like the EICC, which demand uncompromising aesthetics alongside durability. The timeless design qualities of an aluminium façade solution, combined with the materials other physical properties, means it is now widely specified on most large buildings. We also offer other metal rainscreen cladding systems such as Corten weathered steel, stainless steel, zinc, copper and brass.

Alongside our metal rainscreen cladding solutions we are able to manufacture a full range of other elements required to complete the facade. These include window reveals, fascias, soffits, roofline and column casings. We also offer a wide range of specialist fabrications to meet specific design requirements.

If you would like to find out more about our metal rainscreen cladding, visit Rainscreen cladding secret fix

1305 Hedon Road 01482 320 336

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