Old or New: Metal Cladding Systems Build Style
Ontario builders and architectural
designers have an exciting opportunity to channel the natural benefits of
aluminum for many applications. Corporate brands including restaurants, retail
outlets and banks are consistently reinventing themselves. Buildings their
brands embody are easily recognized by the style of their "bricks and mortar.”
Think of your local fast food restaurants, easily recognized from the highway.
Look closely at those buildings the next time you find yourself at their front
door. Many use metal cladding systems on new builds or on renovations to bring
their new look further into the millennium with a smooth, sleek style.
It’s not just retailers and
restaurants that are using metal cladding systems to upgrade their
architectural design. Ontario is booming with condominium development,
specifically in the GTA and downtown Toronto. The already crowded skyline of
Canada’s largest city continues to climb higher with skyscraper condos looking
to fill their units with trendy residents. Developers are looking to create the
"it” building – the one that is both luxurious but also striking in appearance.
One way designers achieve this modern look versus the traditional apartment
building look is to use metal cladding systems. Top aluminum paneling system
manufacturer Nortem uses two different approaches to satisfy both functional
and aesthetic purposes.
Plugin and Linear Panel Systems
Both the plugin panel (NPP) and the
linear panel (NLP) have different properties that will appeal to designers and
builders depending on what application will be used.
The plugin panel (NPP) has a very durable coating
called fluoropolymer paint which gives it a smooth and slick appearance.
The paint prevents salt corrosion, airborne dirt and pollution. While aluminum
has its own natural protective properties the fluoropolymer paint enhances this
natural strength. For those looking for a smooth, seamless look, choose plugin
The linear panel (NLP) has a
slightly different mounting system has a different paint coating.
Polyvinylidene Flouride is baked onto the aluminum panels at a temperature of
780 degrees Celsius to lock in bright and vivid colours. The NLP is a robust
and stylish aluminum paneling system that has both exterior and interior
applications. It gives architects and designers the freedom to create a full
spectrum of colour and style for commercial or residential builds.
Both the plugin and linear systems
onto most substrates including plywood, cement, cement block, wood, brick
and metal. Nortem provides installation guidelines and recommends reputable
installers who back up their work with experience and professionalism.
But the aluminum itself has a
plethora of benefits for exterior and interior siding applications. Aluminium
has a high weight to strength ratio making it easy to work with, but highly
resilient. Aluminium is recyclable, if at some point it breaks down! Because of
the natural strength and durability of aluminum, most manufacturers offer 40 to
50 year warranties. This makes it very environmentally conscious for those
looking to make a commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. For those living
in Ontario, aluminum paneling systems are highly economical, offer a high
return on investment and continues to usher in modern style for residential and