What is an ACP sheet?

ACP sheet, also known as Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP), is a widely-used building material that consists of two thin aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core. The ACP cladding offers excellent thermal insulation, is fire-resistant and is highly durable. Due to its lightweight nature, ACP sheet is often used for both interior and exterior cladding, as well as for signage and advertising purposes. Additionally, ACP sheet is available in a variety of colors, textures and finishes, making it a versatile choice for architects and designers. However, it is important to note that there have been concerns about the safety of ACP cladding in recent years, particularly after several high-profile fires in buildings that used this material.

Why choose ACP sheet as a cladding material?

AluWall ACP sheets are an excellent choice for facade cladding due to their many benefits, including:

  • Easy Workability: AluWall ACP sheets are highly malleable, allowing for easy CNC cut designs, bending, folding, and turning without any crack risks. This makes them ideal for achieving intricate designs and shapes.
  • Fully Recyclable: AluWall ACP sheets are lightweight and boast unmatched flatness. They are fully recyclable, making them an eco-friendly option for building projects.
  • Available in 3 mm Thickness: AluWall ACP sheets are available in 3 mm thickness, making them suitable for both interior and exterior grades of cladding. This thickness provides excellent durability while still being lightweight.
  • Seamless Perforations: AluWall ACP sheets are an excellent choice for cladding due to their easy-to-perforate properties, allowing for seamless perforations. This makes them an ideal option for designers and architects who want to incorporate patterns or textures into their designs, including intricate CNC cut designs. The versatility of AluWall ACP sheets allows for endless design possibilities, making them a popular choice for building facades.
  • Impressive Durability: AluWall ACP sheets are highly durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions. They are also fire-resistant, adding an extra layer of safety to buildings.
  • Usage of Lead-free Paints: AluWall ACP sheets are environmentally conscious and use lead-free paints, making them a safe and healthy choice for both occupants and the environment. The lead-free paints also enhance the surface of the ACP sheet, adding to its aesthetic appeal.
  • Cost-Effective: ACP sheets are a cost-effective alternative to traditional building materials such as marble, granite, and wood. They offer the same aesthetic appeal as these materials but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Lightweight: ACP sheets are lightweight, which makes them easy to transport and install. This also reduces the structural load on the building, making it a safer and more efficient option.
  • Low Maintenance: ACP sheets require minimal maintenance, making them an excellent choice for building facades. They are resistant to stains and scratches, and their surface is easy to clean.
  • Versatile: ACP sheets are available in a range of colors, textures, and finishes, making them a versatile choice for architects and designers. They can be used to create a wide range of designs and can be customized to meet specific project requirements.

In summary, AluWall ACP sheets are an ideal choice for facade cladding due to their versatility, durability, and eco-friendliness.

A brief comparison among HPL sheets, Tiles and ACP sheets

Features HPL Sheet Tiles ACP Sheet
Durability Can be prone to warping, chipping, and cracking Can crack or break under impact Resistant to weather, corrosion, and impact
Weight Heavy, can be difficult to transport and install Heavy and bulky, difficult to transport Lightweight, easy to transport and install
Aesthetic appeal Limited color options, not as visually appealing Limited design options, less visually appealing Wide range of colors, finishes and textures, can be customized
Fire resistance/td> Can be treated to be fire-resistant, but at extra cost Not fire-resistant, can spread flames quickly Fire-resistant, meeting international standards
Maintenance Requires regular cleaning and maintenance Requires regular cleaning and maintenance Requires minimal maintenance and is easy to clean
Cost Moderately expensive Moderately expensive Cost-effective alternative to traditional materials
Installation Requires skilled labor and special tools Requires skilled labor and special tools Requires skilled labor but easy to install, reduces installation time and costs
Water Resistance Prone to water damage Prone to water damage Resistant to water and moisture damage
Environmental impact Some HPL sheets can release harmful chemicals when burned Some tiles contain harmful chemicals Fully recyclable, environmentally conscious
CNC cut design Limited design options, difficult to cut with precision Limited design options, difficult to cut with precision Easy to cut with precision, allowing for intricate designs
Bendability Not bendable Not bendable Easily bendable without risk of cracking

What are the ACP sheet thicknesses?

Standard ACP sheet thickness can range from 3mm to 6mm, with 3mm and 4mm being the most commonly used thicknesses. The thickness of the ACP sheet can affect its weight, strength, and durability, as well as its resistance to impact and bending. When choosing the thickness of ACP sheets for a project, it’s important to consider factors such as the load-bearing capacity of the structure, wind loads, and ventilation requirements. Thicker ACP sheets may be more suitable for high-rise buildings or areas with high wind loads, while thinner sheets may be appropriate for interior applications or areas with low wind loads.

What are the different ACP sheet sizes?

ACP sheets are available in 3 standard sizes;

  • 8×4 feet or 2440mm x 1220mm
  • 10×4 feet or 3050mm x 1220mm
  • 12×4 feet or 3660mm x 1220mm

However, ACP sheet sizes can be customized based on the project’s requirements. The size of ACP sheets can affect their weight, handling during installation, and the number of sheets required for the project. When choosing the size of ACP sheets for a project, factors such as the dimensions of the building facade, the number of joints required, and the installation method should be considered. It’s also important to ensure that the chosen size of the ACP sheet is compatible with the on-site cutting and fabrication equipment.