What are the grades of ACP?

2023/06/16

Aluminum composite panel or ACP is a widely used building material that is known for its durability and versatility. It consists of two thin aluminum sheets that are sandwiched together by a core material, which can be made of non-combustible mineral-filled material or polyethylene.


One of the main features that make ACP popular is its different grades. This allows for customization and flexibility in its application depending on the specific needs of a project. But what exactly are these grades and what are they used for? In this article, we will dive deeper into the different grades of ACP and their properties.


1. Grade A ACP


Grade A ACP is also known as non-combustible ACP because of its non-combustible core. This means that it has a high fire-resistant rating and is ideal for use in buildings that require strict fire safety regulations. Grade A ACP has been tested and certified by international fire safety standards such as ASTM E84, BS 476, and EN 13501.


This type of ACP is commonly used in high-rise buildings, hospitals, schools, and other commercial and public buildings where fire safety needs to be a top priority. The non-combustible core of the Grade A ACP ensures that it will not contribute to the spread of fire in the event of a fire breakout.


2. Grade B ACP


Grade B ACP has a combustible core but has a lower fire rating compared to Grade A ACP. It is still fire-resistant but not to the same extent as Grade A. Grade B ACP is commonly used in buildings that require a lower level of fire safety regulations such as industrial buildings, warehouses, and residential buildings.


Despite having a combustible core, Grade B ACP is still a popular choice in the construction industry due to its cost-effectiveness and high durability. It is also easier to shape and install compared to Grade A ACP due to its lighter weight.


3. Grade C ACP


Grade C ACP has a lower fire rating compared to Grades A and B and has a highly combustible core. It is mainly used in low-rise buildings where fire safety regulations are not as strict. Grade C ACP is also commonly used in interior applications such as wall cladding, partitions, and ceilings.


Despite having a lower fire rating, Grade C ACP is still a popular choice due to its high affordability and easy installation. It is also available in a wide range of colors and finishes, making it a versatile building material.


4. High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) ACP


High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) ACP is a premium grade ACP that is made up of a high-density fiberboard and melamine resin impregnated decorative paper. It has a fire-resistant core and is highly durable, making it ideal for use in high-traffic areas such as airports, train stations, and hospitals.


HPL ACP is also known for its resistance to scratches, UV rays, and weathering. It is available in different finishes and textures, including wood, stone, metallic, and solid colors. The high cost of HPL ACP is offset by its superior quality and longevity.


5. Digital Printing ACP


Digital Printing ACP is a type of ACP that allows for high-quality digital printing directly onto the surface of the panel. It is available in different grades, but Grade A is recommended for its fire-resistant properties. Digital Printing ACP is highly customizable and can be used to create intricate designs and patterns.


Digital Printing ACP is commonly used in advertising and branding applications such as billboards, signage, and display panels. It can also be used in interior design and architecture, such as in restaurants, hotels, and art installations.


In conclusion, the different grades of ACP offer a range of options for designers, architects, and builders to choose from depending on the specific requirements and needs of a project. From Grade A for high-rise buildings to Grade C for interior applications, ACP is a versatile and durable building material that has become a popular choice in the construction industry.

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