The Threat Posed By UV Rays To A Colored Façade

Colored Facade

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!

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