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Comprehensive solutions for cladding

Online since 3.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 120-121
Comprehensive solutions for cladding

Founded in 1963, established supplier, Palram, offers flat-sheet solutions to address the design needs of any architectural professional.

Company overview

Since the company’s foundation in 1963, Palram has manufactured a wide range of semi-finished extruded thermoplastic sheets, panel systems, and finished products. With local branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as suppliers in all major cities, Palram South Africa supports activity across the African continent. This includes warehouse stocking and supply of Palram product ranges comprising polycarbonate, PVC and acrylic sheets and panel systems, as well as finished products for construction, display, and other applications. These product ranges answer a wide variety of architectural requirements to make the most of natural light, withstand harsh climates and corrosion, offer outstanding physical strength and allow freedom in design. All Palram’s production plants conform to ISO 9001 quality assurance and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive for the restriction of hazardous substance usage. In addition, the company also implements ISO 14001.

Advantages of polycarbonate and PVC wall cladding

External plastic wall cladding is used to provide weather protection for walls. Wall cladding made of PVC, for example, protects walls against dampness and breakdown from UV light. Additionally, accumulated dirt can be cleaned much more easily from a plastic surface compared to other wall exteriors, such as brick and wood. As a result, it’s easier to keep cladded premises looking new for much longer. PVC wall cladding is a very good alternative thanks to certain advantages over other materials. Plastic wall cladding resists heat, cold and dampness. Palram’s PVC sheets also conform to a high fire rating  and are self-extinguishing, they also have a high electrical and thermal insulation and are non-toxic. These wall claddings do not need painting, and can be cleaned using just water and a mild soapy solution. Considering material, labour and finishing costs, plastic wall cladding costs the least when compared to wood, fibre cement, brick and natural stone finishes. Add to this the ease of keeping plastic exteriors looking new and it is no wonder that people around the globe have come to prefer plastic wall claddings.

• SUNLITE® – Flat Multiwall Polycarbonate Sheet

SUNLITE has a cellular polycarbonate structure that yields a lightweight sheet with high-impact strength and superior thermal insulation. High light transmission makes SUNLITE ideal for varied roofing, wall cladding, and glazing applications. Interior designers and advertisers take advantage of SUNLITE’s special appearance to add a distinctive touch to their designs. The SUNLITE product range includes heat-blocking SolarSmart™ sheets that reduce heat build-up and anti-condensation treatment for greenhouses and garden centres.

Environmental impact in general

Palram’s products do not contain heavy metals and meet the RoHS criteria. The company has  also adopted progressive criteria on the issue of health and safety, and to participate in the national and global effort to conserve the environment.

• RoHS Compliance Definition

The definition and aim of the RoHS directive is quite simple. It aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS-compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component.

Polycarbonate and PVC wall cladding for interiors

Plastic wall cladding systems are also available for interiors and these tend to focus on hygienic and decorative aspects. Smooth surfaces make them impervious to ingrained dirt and easy to clean.

• PALOPAQUE™ – Flat Opaque PVC Sheet

PALOPAQUE is a flat UV-stabilized PVC sheet that benefits from more than 40 years of manufacturing experience, and is reflected in its high quality. Easily formed and fabricated, PALOPAQUE is ideal for a wide variety of applications.

PALOPAQUE makes an excellent printing substrate for the advertising and signage industries, and is suitable for digital or traditional printing. Breakthrough HYG technology adds active hygienic action for areas requiring high sanitation.

• PALCLAD™ Pro – Hygienic PVC Wall Cladding System

The PALCLAD Pro wall cladding system provides a practical, cost-efficient and comprehensive solution for maintaining a clean and safe environment. Covering large areas is simplified with the system, which already helps achieve high resistance to fire and chemicals in hospitals, pharmaceutical plants and restaurants. The system consists of flat opaque PVC panels, manufactured by Palram for 50 years, combined with profiles and welding rods in matching colours. A wide range of colours and surface textures enables design versatility for many purposes. The system’s durability ensures many years of service that is unaffected by repetitive cleaning routines.

• HYG Technology – Active antimicrobial action for PVC products

Innovative HYG technology sets a new standard in applications demanding hygienic action. It offers active antimicrobial cladding and reduces maintenance requirements. PALCLAD Pro HYG hygienic wall cladding has either killed or inhibited the growth of all pathogens tested to date. Silver ions, the active hygienic ingredient, are uniformly dispersed throughout the panels. Scratched or damaged surfaces will be equally effective.


Plastic wall cladding is an alternative to aluminium, fibre cement and timber sidings. Plastic resists heat, cold and dampness, is easy to clean, needs no painting and can be made to resist even hurricanespeed winds. Standards have been developed to ensure product quality, colour retention and installation quality. While external use focuses on weather protection, interior wall claddings cater for hygienic and decorative aspects, as well as  acoustic and thermal requirements. Different colours and product lines, together with distinctive properties, allow customers to choose the best solution for the job. Considering material, labour and finish, plastic wall claddings are less expensive than other alternatives.

PALRAM South Africa

Pieter Smal

T +27 861 725 726



Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 120-121 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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