When it comes to commercial and house cladding, two of the most popular materials used are aluminium and vinyl. This is for good reason too, as Abbey Thermalboards explains their origins and benefits.
Aluminium is one of the strongest and most sustainable building materials in the world and is used in a large range of applications.
Strength and Lightness
- Aluminium weighs one-third as much as steel, but is just as strong
- It is used in passenger cars, light and heavy-duty trucks, trains, aeroplanes, boats and space shuttles
Did you know? Up to 90% of today’s space shuttles are constructed from aluminium
- Lighter vehicles move more efficiently, and release less carbon emissions into the atmosphere
- Aluminium is the most common metal found in the Earth’s crust
- It is 100% recyclable, and can be reused indefinitely without losing any of its qualities
Did you know? 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today!
- Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy needed to extract new aluminium from bauxite ore
- 95% of aluminium in cars and 90% of aluminium in buildings is recycled and reused
Did you know? Aluminium doesn’t take long to recycle. An aluminium can will take as little as 60 days to be recycled into a brand new one.
- Aluminium was discovered in Denmark in 1825
- It comes from bauxite ore, which is formed by weathering in the Earth’s crust
Did you know? Australia is the largest producer of bauxite ore in the world! We produce 40% of the world’s bauxite, and we have the second largest bauxite reserves after the Republic of Guinea.
The Production Process
Vinyl (or PVC) is one of the most popular house cladding materials used today, and for good reason!
- Vinyl is naturally fire resistant because of its chlorine base
- It’s hard to ignite, easy to extinguish and won’t spread flames
Did you know? A standard timber frame home will ignite from a flame at 260°C, but a vinyl cladded home will not ignite until it reaches 387°C
- Vinyl cladding installations are rated for winds up to 110mph
High Cost Return
- Installing vinyl cladding on your home is ranked as one of the best home improvement projects for resale value
Did you know? Vinyl cladded homes will recoup approximately 114% of the cost to have the installation completed, while timber cladded homes will recoup only about 60% of the cost.
- 29% of homes sold between $200 000 – $299 999 in 2013 had vinyl cladding as the main exterior wall material
- 27% of high-end homes sold between $500 000 – $749 000 in the same year had vinyl cladding installed
- Vinyl was first produced in a laboratory in 1872, and was introduced to Australia in the early 1970s
- It is produced from 2 natural ingredients – 57% chlorine from salt and ethylene, and 43% natural gas
Did you know? 70-80% of vinyl manufactured in Australia is used in building and construction products, like cladding
The Production Process