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Thanks to the high mechanical strength of ff3, considerably wider spans compared with other alloys of the same material thickness are possible. This results in significant cost benefits when installing.
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Our pre-painted 3 mm aluminum is coated in a continuous coil-coating process, ensuring surface durability, as well as color consistency. Metallic paints and solids are applied in two or four coats. These coatings are then permanently stove enameled.
Novelis uses only PVdF (polyvinylidene fluoride) paints with an 80/20 formulation for the highest-quality coatings. Primarily inorganic, the pigments in these PVdF paints make the pre-painted aluminum the material of choice for outdoor architectural applications. Surface protection like this means the material is well-suited for facades exposed to practically any conditions. Novelis ff3 is UV resistant, weather resistant and seawater resistant.
Compared to standard AlMg1 alloys, Novelis ff3’s optimal combination of material thickness and alloy (AlMg3) produces an exceptionally strong aluminum facade and allows very wide spans to be achieved. This leads to reduced cost and installation time in the substructure required.
For large applications such as high-rise buildings with a great surface area, Novelis ff3 pre-painted 3 mm aluminum is the solution that many designers and installers turn to for façade applications. Able to withstand extreme wind loads, temperature changes and building movement, ff3 is ideal for these situations.
Whether the aesthetic is metallic shimmer, matte or a high-gloss finish, ff3 pre-painted 3 mm aluminum can accommodate all in a variety of colors. Special surface effects can also be applied, including stainless steel, copper and terracotta. Matches for custom colors can also be requested.
The PVdF coatings also provide a surface requiring low maintenance in terms of time and cost. Unlike polyester-coated aluminum cladding, ff3 surfaces repel dirt and are easy to clean. When cleaning is required, neutral detergents with environmentally friendly warm water are all that is needed.
Novelis ff3 works with both ventilated and non-ventilated cladding structures. Exceptionally flat, this facade cladding can be produced in sheets, cassettes or panels. These options allow architects greater freedom in their designs and more possibilities when installing.
This pre-painted 3 mm aluminum can also be drilled, stamped, punched, bent and trimmed without harming the surface or the aluminum itself.
For concealed installation on the substructure, stud bolts are welded to the back of ff3 aluminum panels. The alloy used for ff3 features excellent welding properties and can be stud welded on the reverse without any impact to the decorative surface on the front.
For protection from damage and dirt during transportation, processing and installation, ff3 is supplied with a UV-resistant protective film on the painted side. This film remains on the pre-painted aluminum throughout installation and is simply peeled off after installation is complete. The protective film is recyclable.
Receiving the highest A1 rating in accordance with the latest DIN EN 13501, Novelis ff3 pre-painted 3 mm aluminum is certified non-combustible.
International regulations for buildings state that non-combustible materials are required in public structures, including hospitals, schools, nurseries, hotels and airports. In addition, only non-combustible materials can be used in buildings that have a height greater than approximately 20 meters.
Novelis pre-painted aluminum is coated in an environmentally friendly process. All lubricants and paints are processed in a closed material cycle. The paints also contain non-hazardous pigments. This pre-painted aluminum is ground water neutral and free from heavy-metal erosion. Aluminum can be recycled without any loss in quality.
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