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Aluminium Sheet in Public Buildings

There are many factors that decide the choices of building materials for public buildings.

The design issues of form and function are usually taken equally into account. It was Frank Lloyd Wright, the American architect who said, “Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union”.

Suitable materials for public buildings and spaces would need to comply with the following criteria;

  • Cost effective and good value
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Environmentally sustainable
  • Hygienic
  • Fit for purpose
  • Good and appropriate appearance

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There are many instances, where aluminium has shown its metal in meeting all of the above considerations.

Aluminium is an incredibly good looking lightweight material (1/3rd weight of steel) with an excellent strength to weight ratio.

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Planning your aluminium installation – A Handy Checklist

Aluminium installation must be planned carefully to minimise risk of damage during the fixing process.  Contractors should be instructed to carry out spot checks on sheet products covered with protective film before working or fixing commences, to ensure surface finish suitability.

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Follow the brief checklist below for a hassle-free installation:

  • The lightweight advantage of aluminium (34% that of steel) over other architectural materials, makes for ease of handling and fixing with a minimum number of operatives. When handling individual sheets or panels, care should be taken not to damage exposed edges or corners. Thin materials are particularly vulnerable.
  • Aluminium items have a best and reverse face. Inspect closely and ensure the best face is fixed / positioned on the most visible side.
  • Material flanges which are oversize must not be forced or hammered into position. Components requiring a reduction in size should ideally be returned to the factory for re-processing.
  • Site work such as drilling and cutting, should be avoided if at all possible. If specified, items can be supplied as accurately pre-cut and pre-drilled components subject to agreed tolerances
  • When installing or working unprotected material surfaces, a low tack self adhesive tape or covering is to be applied to prevent surface marking.
  • When site drilling is unavoidable, standard twist drills are satisfactory for most operations. For deep holes, high speed drills or bits with a steeper point of angle should be used.
  • Positions for drill holes should not be marked out along visible faces with a scored line. A pencil, or felt tip pen with removable ink or similar is to be used, which can be subsequently wiped off with a soft cloth.
  • Cutting operations can be effected by semi high-speed and high-speed saws of between 150mm and 450mm diameter, with approximately 3 teeth per 25mm. Band saws and heavy duty woodworking machines are also suitable for light work. Blades used in hand saws should be of high speed type with fairly coarse teeth.
  • After cutting, it is important that any swarf or chippings are removed from the product surface with extreme care, to avoid the possibility of scratching. These should be removed ideally with an air line or alternatively by lightly brushing away. Burrs can be removed by the use of long angle files with 14 to 20 single cut teeth per 25mm, for most fine work.
  • Remove any grease, dirt deposits, finger marks, etc, from the material surface with non abrasive cleaning agents and materials, in accordance with the GA maintenance data sheet.

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Aluminium Louvres in Leisure Facilities – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Gooding Aluminium’s Performance Series 5000 Aluminium Louvres deliver both outstanding good looks and service longevity. These custom made ‘cool performers’ certainly line up with the highest expectations!

Almost anything is possible and Gooding Aluminium will allow design flexibility. You can select from numerous options; framed or frameless configurations, rectangular, square, triangular or round shapes, single unit or continuous runs, anodised, mill or powder coated finish.

There are many benefits of using Gooding Aluminium’s Louvres, including:

  • Extruded aluminium profiles – Added blade rigidity
  • Set blade spacing – Significant cost savings
  • Angled edges – Clean lines and good detailing
  • Thickened profile flanges – Tough, durable, long lasting
  • Framed or frameless – Different fixing options
  • High quality alloy – Suitable for anodising
  • Straights and curves – Greater installation flexibility
  • Round & triangular shapes – Fit almost any size opening
  • Invisible jointing of frameless panels – ‘Continuous’ runs
  • Optional rear fixed mesh – Insect protection

Gooding Aluminium’s Aluminium Louvres were used at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff:

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Aluminium Louvres

It is good to know that you can have the best of both worlds with GAs Performance Series 5000 Aluminium Louvres. Delivering outstanding good looks with service longevity these cool performers certainly line up with the highest expectations.

Always with an eye on the bottom line, greater cost savings are achieved with GAs advanced production methods. Providing for set blade spacing these techniques bring all the benefits of large scale production on quantities as small as one off.

Almost anything is possible with the shape me any way you want to design flexibility of these fantastic high performing aluminium louvres. You can select from numerous options; framed or frameless configurations, rectangular, square, triangular or round shapes, single unit or continuous runs, anodised, mill or powder coated finish.

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Features and benefits

  • Extruded aluminium profiles
  • Set blade spacing
  • Angled edges
  • Thickened aluminium profile flanges
  • Framed or frameless
  • High quality alloy
  • Straights and curves
  • Round & triangular shapes
  • Invisible jointing of frameless aluminium panels
  • Optional rear fixed mesh

Gooding Aluminium are a national and international supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets, aluminium profiles and aluminium extrusions that are available in a variety of finishes.

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Gooding Aluminium – Aluminium Project Showcase

Here are some authentic and exciting examples of recently completed projects incorporating GA materials, products and finishes.

Our aluminium sheets and aluminium profiles can be ordered on line for prompt dispatch.

You can also browse our range of Aluminium Balustrade Panels; Aluminium Bar/Counter Fascias; Aluminium Ceiling Panels; Aluminium Column Casings; Aluminium Door Protection; Aluminium Framed Panels; Aluminium Frameless Panels; Aluminium Louvres; Aluminium Radiator/Vent Covers; Aluminium Reception Desk Fascias; Aluminium Wall Cladding.

If you are inspired by our gallery of images and you are keen to use Gooding Aluminium products within your next project, you can order free samples , request a catalogue or speak to one of the team about your project requirements by calling 020 8692 2255.

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