Nowadays there are a lot of materials which can be used for architectural façades. However, most of them are not environment-friendly. This means that they can have a lot of negatives effect on the environment. Also, some of these materials could lead to overheating during the summer and they don’t protect against cold during winter.
Terracotta panels are one of the best materials you can use for façades. People started using this material less than 30 years ago. While it is new to the market, it comes with amazing features and it is eco-friendly. Due to the global warming and pollution, new environmental friendly material like terracotta panels need to be used.
In this article, you will see why terracotta is one of the best materials and why you need to use it for architectural façades. Here you will also find more information about terracotta and how a terracotta panel is made.
Why you need to use this material
Unlike most construction materials, terracotta is made out of natural components. The raw material for these panels is clay. Also, there are not chemicals added to the clay. When it is colored a very small amount of dye is used. This is because the clay already has a great natural luster and color.
In addition to that, the color is not going to fade after a few months or years. Since it is the natural color of the material, it never going to fade. Also, this panel doesn’t produce radiations and it can be recycled. Because it can be 100% recycled it meets the standards for a green construction material.
One of the most important things for constructing workers is to have materials that can be installed easily. This way, they get the job done in no time. These panels are easy to install because they don’t need slotting on their back during the construction. Also, these materials can be installed directly and they can be cut or laid out flexibly. Once the curtain wall’s keels are in place, the terracotta panels can be installed.
Waterproof, anti-collision and anti-seismic
If you are looking for a material that is resistant and reduce rainwater invasion, then the terracotta panels are the best for you. This material has a special design which allows them to reduce the rainwater invasion because of the RainScreen Principle. The special design uses EPDM gaskets which connect the parting between the interfaces on both ends.
Also, due to the same special design these panels are anti-collision. These panels are kept together by the EPDM gaskets and they are less likely to collide in case of extreme weather conditions. Also, these panels are ani-seismic. When an earthquake occurs, the material stays in place and protects the entire building. These panels are great for areas where the earthquake risk is elevated. They reach 10-degree anti-seismic performance which is rare for a construction material.
Thermal and Sound Insulated
These panels use an open installation method which helps protect the main structure of the building in case of ai pollution’s erosion and bad weather. While some material can protect efficiently against these problems, they are also damaged in the process. However, terracotta maintains the curtain wall’s beauty.
This material keeps an air layer between the wall and its surface which allows the walls to “breathe” and stops them from developing mold which is a common problem. Also, another important thing you need to consider when putting panels on a building is the heat conduction. In a hot summer, the terracotta panels manage to reduce heat conduction, therefor you will save up money on air conditioning.
The terracotta panels also manage to improve the acoustic performance of the building because of sound insulation. All of the functions of the building are going to be improved if you use this type of panels. This leads to the improvement in indoor temperature and a better environment for those who live in the building.