Three new wood-grain finishes of Alucobond® naturAL aluminum composite material officially will be introduced by 3A Composites USA at the Greenbuild 2016 International Conference and Expo Oct. 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. Alucobond naturAL samples in the new Beachwood, Chestnut and Rustic Walnut wood-grain finishes will be on display at the Alucobond Booth No. 835.
Alucobond naturAL is an aluminum composite material that features finely textured aluminum surfaces that scatter light for a close-up visual effect while retaining the luster of smooth aluminum from afar. The Alucobond naturAL surfaces amplify the inherent beauty and character of brushed aluminum and other natural elements – including wood, graphite, stainless steel, zinc, rusted metal and mirrored glass – to enhance building designs.
New Alucobond naturAL wood-grain finishes allow architects to combine the traditional look of wood with modern Alucobond’s outstanding durability and lightweight properties as well as its ease of maintenance.
“Wood is a long-standing traditional construction material, and the natural look of wood grains in cladding remains a sought-after design,” said Ben Branham, marketing manager, 3A Composites USA. “Installing natural wood as building cladding, however, can pose a maintenance challenge as exposure to the elements causes wood to deteriorate. Durable Alucobond naturAL now allows architects to incorporate the beauty of wood grains in a lightweight aluminum composite material that is long-lasting and easy to maintain.”
Alucobond consists of two sheets of 0.020” aluminum thermobonded to a polyethylene core and is manufactured in the standard 4mm thickness. Alucobond provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, low weight and outstanding weather resistance.
The wood-grain color finishes are part of the new Alucobond naturAL Designer Series – which includes the Zinc and Rust finishes – and feature a PVDF finish with a painted non-repeating pattern.
The Alucobond naturAL Brushed, Reflect, Graphite and Stainless color finishes feature an FEVE clear coat.
Alucobond naturAL panels in the Beachwood, Chestnut and Rustic Walnut wood-grain finishes are available in 3mm, 4mm and 6mm thicknesses. The 4mm thickness can be ordered with the Alucobond Plus proprietary fire-retardant core.