The Threat Posed By UV Rays To A Colored Façade

When a building design and a colored façade join forces, the end result is brilliant and beguiling architecture. A building’s façade system doesn’t merely enhance the performance of a structure. Who can resist the allure of bold reds, cool blues, brilliant yellows? Whether it’s located in a residential or commercial area, a building that boasts a colored façade sheeting design is going to attract positive attention. No one wants to work or live in a building whose dull colors are proof that it has seen better days and is now well past its prime. Color gives a building life.

Why does color have such a powerful effect? Perhaps it’s because color is not only visual. Color communicates the language of a building. When color is combined with texture, finish, light, and shadow, it takes on versatility, conveying a message that may be subtle or dramatic, lively or calming, traditional or contemporary. That message is an architectural marketing tool for the structure. What is your color façade saying to the world?

Identifying The Threats To Colored Facades

Of course, there are considerations that need to be evaluated during the process of choosing the colored façade that’s right for your structure, particularly how to reduce the effects of fading that UV rays can cause, making once-brilliant tones turn drab and dull.

The sun that we love can also be the UV threat that buildings hate. Colors make a creative statement that gives a building its own personality. Intense colors like reds and blues are striking to the eye. However, colors are vulnerable to the elements. Certainly wind, rain, and cold weather are harsh on a structure, but so is sunlight. A colored façade design, those ventilated layers of plastic, polycarbonate, glass, wood, and metal that create a three-dimensional impression, also is vulnerable to the effects of the elements. In fact, UV rays can not only cause colors to fade, but also have the ability to inflict fundamental deterioration to the sheeting material itself.

We can’t just blame the weather for the fading that can take place over time. Humans have to accept some of the blame. The pollution that causes harm to our respiratory systems and threatens peril to the environment is also an enemy to the inanimate structures in which we live and work and play. Pollution robs colored facades of their dynamic appearance over time. The grime that coats a surface leads to dullness until a once-brilliant red erodes into a drab pink. When that happens, a building that was once an eye-catching asset to a community begins to look tired and worn, diminishing the appearance of the entire neighborhood.

The colors that make the boldest statement—red, blue, yellow—are also those that are the most likely to fade from the effects of UV rays. Unfortunately, UV radiation is brutal on pigmentation.

Danpal R&D Supports Long Life For Colored Facades

It’s significant that Danpal, the company that has blazed an innovative path in the construction industry for over half a century, maintains a presence on five continents. Experiencing weather on five continents teaches engineers and designers a lot about how to match materials to weather zones. In order to assist a translucent façade in the maintaining of its color brilliance, Danpal products are manufactured to meet the specific demands of their different environmental factors. Products may be adapted for hot or cool climates in dry or wet regions. In order to choose materials that will give the colors of a façade system a longer life, choose Danpal products. We know our colors and we know how to make them last!

Global Vision, Local Focus, And The Performance Of A Ventilated Façade

You might not think so, but there’s a lot of human psychology that goes into a Danpal ventilated façade. As Danpal engineers and designers are working on the technical aspects of building products and systems, they know that architecture has a twofold mission: to satisfy the client’s expectations of comfort and to meet the less tangible standards of beauty. It’s not enough to have shelter from inclement weather. We expect the structures where we live and work to keep us comfortable no matter what the season is. We require our heating and cooling systems to meet environmental regulations that protect the planet. There is also an esthetic element to our expectations for architecture. We appreciate buildings that satisfy our inner longing for beauty.

The Role Of A Ventilated Façade In Weather Protection

Danpal cladding employs a ventilated façade to enhance a building’s thermal insulation. By enabling the air between the cladding and the supporting wall to move, thermal insulation has an extra line of defense.

Thermal insulation is not a minor aspect of a building’s energy system; compromised insulation weakens the ability of air conditioning to keep rooms cool and comfortable when the temperatures are sweltering outside; if the insulation is damp instead of dry, a heating system has to work harder to maintain an even temperature inside. Even while a ventilated façade is rendering a high-performance function, it’s also delivering an attractive appearance for the external structure. The visual impression created by a building can have a dramatic effect on how the structure, and the business that it represents, are perceived by the surrounding community. It can also affect the way the people inside feel about a building where, if it’s the workplace, represents the place where they spend a significant portion of their lives.

Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, And A Danpal Ventilated Façade

Global Vision, Local Focus. That’s the Danpal creed, but it’s more than a slogan.
Danpal is a global enterprise, with a thriving commercial presence on five continents. That means that Danpal is in an extraordinary position to understand climate, weather, and energy on a vast scale. A ventilated façade that’s installed locally is part of a large network of construction reaching all the way around the world.

All of that research and development, engineering, design, and artistry would be meaningless if Danpal products neglected to ensure that insulation stays dry. Wasted energy threatens the delicate balance of the environment and it adds costs to utility bills for consumers. Simply by keeping the air between the cladding and the external wall in motion, moisture is prevented from invading the inside of a building and letting dampness damage the insulation. The presence of dampness in insulation leads to the development of mold, which spreads quickly and causes harm not only to the building, but to the people living inside it as well.

A commitment to the planet and responsiveness to our customers: that dedication is fulfilled in the performance of a Danpal ventilated façade.

Contact Danpal to discuss Ventilated Façade for your next architectural project.