Aluminum Composite Panel - ACM Panels (ACP)
Aluminum Composite Panel, also known as ACM Panel or ACP, is one of the most reliable metal cladding materials in modern exterior architecture. This MCM rain-screen system is available in a variety of colors, finishes and textures from solid colors, wood patterns, metallic and natural metal finishes.
How It's Made?
What is Aluminum Composite Panel Made of?
Aluminum composite material (ACM) is a three-layer sandwich panel consisting of two pre-painted aluminum sheets bonded to a polyethylene (PE) core. ACM panels are an excellent material for indoor or outdoor applications that require good dimensional stability, low weight, sleek and brilliant look.
Aluminum composite materials (ACM) are produced by continuously bonding two thin layers of aluminum on either side of an extruded thermoplastic or mineral-filled core. Before bonding the aluminum faces to the core, the manufacturer pre-finish and coil-coat the aluminum faces in a wide range of finishes. ALPOLIC coil-coat their ACM sheets with the incredibly tough and stable Lumiflon® FEVE fluoropolymer resin. ALPOLIC® products and finishes are backed by up to a 30-year warranty.
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ACM Panels for Storefront & Brand Identity
CLADDERS™ Corporate Identity Program offers 10 year finish warranty. Cladding materials are readily available for the standard brands options OR can be custom-created by our suppliers for any project with unique colors and finishes. Our suppliers use the advanced Lumiflon® FEVE Fluoropolymer resin in two or three coats, as shown above. OR they use the Kynar® PVDF coating system to create a vivid, and extremely durable finish. These colors are available in a wide range of tones and glosses, including metallic and mica. Panels are available in either 3mm or 4mm thicknesses.
ACM Panel Details
There are many brands and suppliers of Metal Composite Materials in the market. Among those, there are some well-known and high-quality names and brands such as ALPOLIC and Alucobond. Here are some useful links to their website and products catalogues. We can find the perfect match with your Corporate Identity Color Codes.
ALPOLIC® is proud to be a global leader in premium Metal Composite Material products MCM. With over forty years in the business ALPOLIC® materials stand out and demand to be noticed in any setting. ALPOLIC® sheets are manufactured under the most precise and rigorous conditions in Japan, Germany and the United States.
3A Composites is the global market leader in core materials for sandwich constructions, particularly for use in wind farms. This company is also a leading player in other segments such as composite panels for high-quality light-weight cladding systems and display applications. ALUCOBOND® is one of their most popular MCM product.
larson® is especially recommended for new-construction ventilated façade sectors as well as renovation. It allows for ventilated, semi-ventilated or air-tight wall assemblies and cladding systems. larson® composite panel is produced by two metal sheets (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Copper, Brass or Zinc) for architectural façade cladding.
Aluminum Composite Panels Colors & Finishes
In CLADDERS™, our designers help you find the best combination of materials, colors and finishes for your exterior project. We provide samples to help you better match the materials together. In modernizer® we offers over 5 lines of ACM and MCM Finishes from 10 Years to 30 Years Finish Warranty. We help you find the perfect combination of materials for your project.
Neutral SOLID Colors
painted colors are available on 4mm-thick panels, with many of the most popular choices stocked in a selection of widths and lengths. This line of ACM offers the most durable Aluminum Panel finish. Specify a polyethylene (PE) or fi re-resistant (fr) core – required by fi re codes when building over 40 feet. Then choose a fluoropolymer paint finish offered in a variety of solid colors, metallic coatings and micas. These panels are manufactured to architectural standards and stocked for immediate shipment.
Corporate Identity Colors
In CLADDERS, we supply the raw materials from ALPOLIC which is manufactured by Mitsubishi Chemicals. ALPOLIC’s Corporate ID Program open doors for the brands and franchise companies to find the perfect color match for their storefronts and signage. In CLADDERS we help you find the exact match for your brand identity. You can find more information about other well-known brands such as Alucobond and Larson above. We can help you find the perfect color match with your brand identity.
STONE & WOOD Patterns
North American weather is too harsh on natural wood and natural stone. ACM Panels Timber Series’ finishes are produced using the manufacturer’s proprietary image-transfer process in concert with Lumiflon® FEVE fluoropolymer coatings. This technology is for providing exceptional protection with the classic beauty of stone or timber. Our suppliers stock standard 62-inch panels for your immediate needs. For more wood finish siding products, check our wood siding page.
ACM vs MCM Panels
Metal Composite Panels (MCM)
Aluminum Composite Panels are only one line of Natural MCM products. This product is manufactured by bonding two layers of Aluminum to the core. In other Metal Composite Materials (MCM) the manufacturers bonds two layers of Natural Copper, Zinc, Stainless Steel or Titanium to the same core as ACM Panels and leave the surface unfinished. If you are in the market for Aluminum Panels, visit our Aluminum Plate Panels page.
Pros & Cons
Pros & Cons of ACM Panels
Although the ACM Panels are a great modern rainscreen material, there are some downsides that you need to take into account before you make the final decision. This solution is mainly designed for ease of installation in commercial buildings and the high quality of finish. If you’re looking for a non-combustible cladding solution check Aluminum Panels OR our Steel Cladding pages.
ACM Panel Advantages
- Quality of finish and variety of colors with over 20 years finish warranty
- Quick installation & workability (can be shaped into any form and angle)
- Durable non-corroding and lightweight cladding material
- Doesn’t peel, crack or chip like other traditional sidings
- No oil canning due to expansion & Contraction
- Cost effective and almost maintenance-free
ACM Panel Disadvantages
- Depth of the whole system is at least 2 inches from the wall behind
- Panels are prefabricated, so it’s difficult to make changes at jobsite
- Because of the polyethylene core it’s not a renewable material
- Because of the polyethylene core it’s not non-combustible
- Expensive repairs (No Single panel replacement option)
- May damage the structure if not installed & waterproofed correctly.
ACM Panel Applications
ACM Panel Commercial Applications
What makes ACM stand out as an architectural element is the quality of finishes and seamless and sleek corners. These two characteristics are superior to any other alternative cladding material, whether natural or artificial.
ACM Panel Residential Applications
Aluminum Composite materials are available in Solid colors, wood grain finishes, natural steel surfaces, Stone patterns, shimmering colors, metallic coatings, etc.
How to Install ACM Panels
In CLADDERS we offer a comprehensive installation training course for a broad range of Façade Systems and Fasteners. For further information, please contact us via [email protected] for Industrial, Commercial and Residential training courses. Here is a brief summary of the 5 steps to take from preparation to installation of the ACM Panels.
Step 1 - Preparation
What You Need to Prepare Before Installing ACM Panels
Before we take any measurements, we need to make sure that we have a clean surface (sheathing) and the windows are already installed. The first thing that goes on top of the sheathing is the waterproofing membrane (weather barrier) to protect the Plywood OR OSB. In order to keep water away from foundation and the Structure, different types of metal flashings should be installed as well.
Don’t forget that this exterior weather barrier, in most cases, must be a vapor permeable solution. On top of that, we need a levelled structure (strapping) to attach the ACM panels to. For commercial applications, we fabricate this structure out of non-combustible material such as galvanized steel OR aluminum.
Step 2 - Measurement
How to Estimate and Measure ACM Panels
Once we have a clean and weatherproofed surface to mount the panels on, we install the base for the mounting system. Depending on the type and the depth of the exterior insulation material required, z-bars are fabricated in different lengths and dimensions. This base is simply a levelled J-trim (Aluminum J-extrusion) similar to almost all of the other mounting systems for rain-screen solution. After that, we use this mounting system as the base for our measurements and calculations. This also ensures that we continue installing the ACPs on a very straight line.
ACM Panel system is a customized solution. Depending on the type of each project, our technicians take as-built measurements by 3D-scanning exterior walls OR by measuring every length and angle manually.
Frequently Asked Questions
Aluminum composite material (ACM) is a metal panel that offers the benefits of aluminum and reinforced plastics in one product. The two components are bonded together with an interior layer of polyester foam giving ACM panels excellent insulation-properties. ACMs can be used for both exterior and interior applications, such as commercial or residential roofs, walls, floors and ceilings. This type of panel has many advantages over other materials such as lower weight than steel or concrete; high strength to weight ratio; less combustible than wood; better sound absorption qualities than drywall; does not corrode like metals when it is exposed to water; low permeability compared to traditional building materials such as brick masonry and stone which makes them fire resistant.
It is a material that is widely used for many different purposes. The aluminum composite panel (ACP) can be easily cut to size and shape, making it an easy choice for home builders looking to construct new homes. This product offers the builder a wide array of color options and finishes as well as various textures and patterns which will help give their home a unique look. ACP comes in many configurations including: single skin, double skin and insulated panels with insulation core.
Aluminum composite material panels are used for many applications, including exterior cladding on buildings. They can be colored to fit any style and, if desired, an aluminum composite material panel can also be textured. Aluminum composite material panels usually come with a warranty that protects the product against corrosion or degradation from water damage.
What is Aluminum Composite Panel (ACM Panel) OR ACP?
General information about Aluminum Composite Material Panels known as ACP OR ACM
Aluminum Composite Material Panels known as ACM Panels OR ACP is one of the most versatile and durable rainscreen systems available in the market. This solution is becoming one of the most popular modern cladding products in residential construction in North America because of the versatility, durability, ease of installation and the quality of the colors and finishes. ACM Paneling system is a fully customized pre-fabricated cladding system. In better words, you cannot cut them to size at the jobsite. That is why you cannot buy them from Home Depot OR other hardware stores such as Rona, Canadian Tire, IHL, etc.
For over a decade, ACM panels were one of the favorable materials for industrial and commercial contractors. Because of that, almost every franchise company and brand, build their storefront signs and interior elements out of this durable and high-quality construction material. Additionally, because this material is available in a wide range of colors, you can find a close match to every brand and corporate identity colors. Today, this product has found its way into modern buildings and custom houses in The Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
This rain-screen system is available in a wide range of Solid colors, wood pattern finishes, natural steel textures, stone patterns, shimmering colors, metallic coatings, etc. During the last 5 years, ACM Panels became a very popular cladding product in modern residential architecture and construction in Ontario, CANADA. What makes ACM stand out as an architectural element is the very clean corners and returns in addition to the high quality and durable finishes.
In summary, ACM panels withstand the harsh environment of North America and is a great exterior choice with almost no maintenance headaches.
|Dimensions||196 × 62 × 0.157 in|
Black Polyethylene Core – PE Core Aluminum Composite Material
Total Thickness = 3mm / 4mm / 6mm
For 3mm Sheets = 0.93, For 4mm Sheets = 1.12, For 6mm Sheets = 1.50
Flame Spread: (ASTM E84 – 3mm = 05 / ASTM E84 – 4mm = 00 / ASTM E84 – 6mm = 00)
|Production Tolerances (in)||
Width: 0.08 / Length:0.16 / Thickness: 0.008-0.012 / Bow: 0.5% / Squareness: 0.2
Post-Consumer Recycled Content: 3.1% – 7.4%
8.1 Color Uniformity: PASSED / 8.2 Specular Gloss: PASSED / 8.3 Dry Film Hardness: PASSED / 8.4 Film Adhesion: PASSED / 8.5 Impact Resistance: PASSED / 8.6 Abrasion Resistance: PASSED / 8.7 Chemical Resistance: PASSED / 8.8 Corrosion Resistance: PASSED / 8.9 Weathering: PASSED
ICC-ES: (ESR-3704 / ESR-2653)