Facade Engineering: How Cladding Panels Can Be A Risk To Your Building

Are you constructing a new house? Or renovating an old one? Well either way you are planning an upgrade and there are many ways to go about it. Interior can be worked on through interior designing to boost the look of the home interior, but when it comes to exterior, there are not many options to go about it. The exterior of the place or facade as its called, is what will increase or decrease the value of the building. As they say, the first impression is often the last one, that is why you should also focus on the exterior of the building or in this case the facade. Usually facade engineering in Sydney is done through the use of cladding panels, as it is one of the more cost-effective methods. But do you know about combustible cladding? 

Cladding is done through composite panels which are very easy to make different shapes out of and very easily to join as well. These composite panels are made through two different materials, one is a strong metal outer layer, the core usually consists of a lighter material. That is why such cladding panels are also called sandwich panels, as the core is covered on both sides by a metal. The inner core, made of lighter material, is not a good insulator of heat and can be combustible which can cause the whole structure to fall apart and catch fire really fast. But if it is so risky, why do engineers use these panels for the exterior design? These panels are easier to work with. 

Here is how combustible cladding panels are a risk to your building: 

Spread Fire Faster: 

Combustible cladding is a hazard to the safety of the occupants and residents of a building. These panels, while are a great weather insulator, are also very dangerous in case if a fire breaks out. That is because these aluminium composite panels help a fire spread at an incredibly faster rate than it normally would. There have been countless fires in buildings that had grown incredibly out of control due to combustible cladding used in the facade. 

Always A Risk: 

No matter how conveniences such a cladding will give you, you will always be at risk for getting it installed. There are tons of safety measures you need to look out for if you have such cladding installed for improving the facade of the building. You will need to maintain your fire exits, keep a check on your fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing systems on the ready and warning signs regarding such emergencies. 

It is better to avoid using such cladding, you can use the safer forms of cladding known as non-combustible cladding panels. These have a much safer material used in them that do not cause fire to spread. If you are unsure if you have the right panels installed get facade assessment done by professionals at Cladding Compliance Australia.