From PVCu panels to frameless glass and stone rainscreen, we have all your cladding options here, plus the aluminium that won the race for the Qatar sports academy
Decorative PVCu panels
Veka has launched VekaStyle, a range of decorative PVCu panels for domestic and commercial interiors. It says they are resistant to abrasion and non-porous surfaces make them work for high-moisture food preparation, or medical areas. The range comes in matt and gloss options. It includes decorative trims for jointing, edging and coving.
Formica has expanded its Solid Surfacing range of high-pressure decorative laminates for interior use. The manufacturer claims the material has a class 0 fire rating. The range is available in two different thicknesses, 12mm for horizontal applications and 6mm for wall cladding and decorative inlays, and is suitable for both residential and commercial applications.
Stone rainscreen cladding
Fischer Fixings has worked with Stancliffe Stone, Watson Stonecraft and LSC to develop a natural stone rainscreen cladding system. It says the PanAsh system is a complete lightweight solution. It comprises a stone outer-leaf, a rail system and stone fixings. Panel sizes range from 450 × 300mm to 750 × 500mm. Stone thicknesses are 35 or 40mm.
Structural frameless glass
Pilkington has introduced a structural frameless glass system called Planar Activ.
It combines self-cleaning glass with silicone-free seals to enable the use of large expanses of glass where access might be a problem. Pilkington says it can be used with its range of glasses to give solar and acoustic control, thermal insulation and security solutions.
Powder paints for metalwork
Akzo Nobel has launched a range of architectural powder paints for architectural metalwork. Collection Futura 2006-2009 comprises 48 options with a choice of metallic, semi-gloss, matt and gloss finishes. The company says it is suitable for leisure, residential and industrial uses.
Sikkens has launched Rubbol BL Magura, an opaque, matt coating for interior trim and exterior surfaces. The company says it provides a hard-wearing, non-yellowing finish for timber, metal and hard plastics.
Laminate rainscreen cladding
Vivalda has brought out a range of laminate rainscreen cladding panels. It says the Lamina Massief double-sided panels are weatherproof, anti-corrosive and colourfast. There are 70 colours and finishes. It has a wide range of sheet size and thickness.
Movers and makers
made of aluminium composite material and solid aluminium. They are particularly suitable for projects requiring the incorporation of sections of ventilated screening within the rainscreen cladding.