Composites for Architecture
Composites allow plenty of scope for customisation in building interior applications too. Composite wall panels allow architects to create designs that are impossible or impractical with traditional materials, improve thermal performance and energy efficiency, and meet building code requirements.
The materials offer design flexibility and can be moulded into complex shapes such as curved, corrugated, ribbed, or contoured in a variety of ways with varying thickness. This makes them a popular choice for decorative details, mouldings, columns, and brackets. Further, a traditional look such as stone, marble, copper, gold, or chrome, can be achieved at a fraction of the cost. Moulds can also be created to replicate the most complex of profiles in restoration, renovation, and new construction.
Further, they are available in a variety of colours and different textures, including smooth, rough, painted, acid etched, sand-blasted, and with exposed aggregates.
The high strength-to-weight ratio offered by composites translates to a smaller foundation requirement and eliminates the need for most secondary aluminium framing and mechanical fasteners. Building facades and structural elements made from composites are more durable than traditional materials as they are resistant to adverse weather conditions (UV radiation or acid rain), and are easily maintained.