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Why does Laminators Incorporated use a polypropylene core?

Polypropylene (PP) was discovered by Italian and German scientists in the mid-1950s, and is currently the second leading plastic product produced and used throughout the world.  Today, Polypropylene is surpassed in production volume only by polyethylene (PE), discovered a couple decades earlier.

Things to Consider When Specifying an ACM Panel

Once a building is clad with ACM panels, it’s pretty difficult to know which panel manufacturer was specified and installed. Let’s face it, for all intent and purposes most ACM panels look and perform the same… or do they?

Here are a few things you should consider when specifying ACM panels on your next project:

NFPA 285, Architectural Design and Energy Performance

For many involved in the building industry, NFPA 285 is a major topic. Are your products and/or install systems NFPA 285 compliant? If not, do they need to be?

The article "NFPA 285, Architectural Design and Energy Performance” by Richard Keleher in the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences explains the codes and standards within the building industry when it comes to NFPA 285.

Class A Office Projects

 

Written By: Mike Mantione, Architectural Building Products, NY

To keep up with increased competition from new Class A office projects and to reposition themselves for today’s workforce, it is essential for owners to find value-added solutions for their outdated commercial office assets.

ACM Panels vs Flat Sheet Aluminum

When it comes to consistency and precision, aluminum composite materials are among the best metal construction products the industry has to offer. ACM panels are flat when manufactured and stay flat even after installation. There is no "oil canning" or wrinkling because the skins are bonded to the core under tension, which produces a balanced panel.

The 2014 State of the Industry Report

Each year, Metal Architecture asks leaders of the metal construction industry to give their observations on the upcoming year.  Metal Architecture and their group of leaders state “there is some disagreement over the role of energy efficiency and its long-term impact on our industry, and we're all aware of how the political environment is having a corrosive effect on business.”  Overall, the group agrees that the market is growing and looking strong, but the growth is at a slow pace.

Metal Wall Comparisons

Wondering what the difference is in metal wall panels? Single skin panels, insulated metal panels, aluminum composite material panels and metal composite material panels are the backbone of metal wall construction.   Laminators Incorporated helped Metal Construction News highlight the differences in helpful comparison charts that can be found here.

Oil Canning in Metal Roof and Metal Wall Systems

Ever wonder what causes oil canning and how it can be minimized? Oil canning in metal is usually seen as waviness or buckling across the flat areas of sheet metal panels. Purely an aesthetic concern, oil canning doesn’t normally affect the building’s structural integrity. This inherent problem is typically caused by uneven stresses at the fastening points. While oil canning cannot be totally eliminated, it can be minimized by panel design, material handling and, most importantly, the installation process.

Understanding U-Factors in Architectural Metal Products

U-factor (U-value) measures how well a product prevents heat from escaping a home or building. U-factor ratings generally fall between 0.15 and 1.20. The lower the U-factor, the better a product is at keeping heat inside the building. U-factor is particularly important during the winter heating season in colder climates.