A2 Fire Rated Aluminium Cladding
Patent-pending, fire-proof cladding solution for any height or building project.
Our aluminium cladding is a safe, beautiful wood-look cladding system that’s suitable for any type of project. But specifically, our market-leading A2-s1 d0 fire rating, makes it perfect for building applications over 11 metres in height, or any project where an A2 fire rating is required by law!
The aluminium cladding planks are made from high-grade and fully recyclable T6 material, guaranteeing strength and durability that doesn’t weigh a ton! Our innovative design features a flush surface, similar to that of a traditional wooden plank, and comes in stunning, contemporary colours so you can find a style that suits your needs.
Installation can be done quickly and efficiently thanks to the tongue and groove design – without the need for fixing clips – and our colour-matched aluminium trims and metal substructure. All of which are A2 fire rated for maximum safety!
Outstanding Fire Resistance
The classification system defined in BS EN 13501, which Dura Cladding Aluminium is tested to, is quickly becoming the primary recognised standard in the construction industry. Some competitors may reach Class A2 when tested specifically with certain fire rated barriers but fail when following their own install guide (due to lack of airflow). Our tests are conducted to replicate a genuine site install, rather than being fixed to a fire rated barrier.
Customers can have confidence that our aluminium cladding satisfies current fire legislation; with testing carried out in an environment that closely resembles that of an actual installation for the avoidance of doubt – and that should regulations change to include mandatory A2 and A1 cladding as a requirement for all buildings of 11+metres, their building facade will meet the required safety standards.
Understanding Government Regulations
When considering the suitability of the cladding materials used on your project it’s critical to first understand the latest regulatory guidance issued by the local government. In the UK all buildings have a minimum fire rating specification based on the height of the building, which is required by law.
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 states that building work shall be carried out so that materials which become part of an external wall are of European Classification “A2-s1, d0” or “A1”.
These classifications are taken from BS EN 13501-1:2018, Fire classification of construction products and building elements – Classification using test data from reaction to fire tests. Other fire test methods and national classifications (typically specified in the BS 476 series of documents) are no longer recognised when selecting materials for residential buildings over 18 metres; BS EN 13501 is the only route to compliance.
BS EN 13501-1 provides the reaction to fire classification procedure for all construction products, including products incorporated within building elements. Products are considered in relation to their end use application. BS EN 13501-1 separates these types of products into three categories, which are:
- Construction products, excluding floorings and linear pipe thermal insulation products;
- Linear pipe thermal insulation products
Although the government banned the use of combustible materials in the external walls of new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and for residential buildings of more than 18 metres in height in December 2018, they are now consulting on plans to go significantly further, by lowering the 18 metre height threshold to at most 11 metres.
Our aluminium cladding is designed to achieve the classification of A2-s1, d0, in recognition of its low smoke volume and the absence of droplets in the event of a fire.
These attributes, combined with its limited contribution to flame spread mean that if a building was ablaze, firefighters’ visibility would be less impeded, increasing response speed. In addition, the unique composition of Dura Cladding Aluminium prevents spontaneous re-ignition when the source of the flame is removed – further enhancing its safety properties.
The combustible materials ban applies whenever building work is within the scope of Building Regulations i.e. new construction and refurbishment projects. It will also apply when a building not currently within the scope of the ban undergoes a change of use that means it falls within scope, at which point the external walls should be brought in line with the new requirements. Dura Cladding Aluminium offers the perfect solution for building rain screen cladding 11 metres and above.
Suitable for building applications requiring an A2 Fire Rating
New Build Homes, Self-Builds & Extensions
Garages, Outbuildings & Workshops
Low Rise Apartments & Social Housing
Factories & Industrial Buildings
6 Reasons to Choose Aluminium Cladding
Extreme Fire Resistance
Our metal cladding meets the Class A2-s1 d0 fire rating in accordance with BS EN13501-1:2018, perfect for applications over 11 metres.
Easy to Install
The innovative flush design makes each lightweight board easy to fit together, with no fixings, saving installation time and costs.
Attractive in any scenario, our patent-pending design has anti-glare features and custom designed aluminium trims.
The easy interlocking and lightweight nature of our boards make them very effective cover for balcony undersides and soffits.
Durable & Strong
Aluminium cladding is inherently weatherproof, UV and stain resistant, making it perfect for exterior cladding applications.
Dura Composites’ products are sustainable and eco friendly due to their long lifecycle. Our aluminium cladding is also 100% recyclable.
- Patent-pending design
- A2 fire rating (including paint and battens)
- High strength to weigh ratio
- Quickly dissipates heat
- Horizontal & vertical installation
- Scratch resistant finish
- Hidden fixing detail
- Slimline design
- UV resistant
- Low maintenance
- 20 year warranty
- Environmentally friendly
- Superior flush joint
- Unrestricted use
- 8kg/m2 for ease of install
- Cool to the touch
- New build or retrofit
- No need for touch up painting
- No fixing clips used
- Aesthetically pleasing and stylish
- Colour stable
- Not staining or painting required
- Long-term peace of mind
- 100% recyclable at end of life
- High rise building 18+ metres
- Social housing projects
- Public sector buildings
- New build homes
- Self-build properties
- Residential renovations
- Extensions & conversions
- Commercial properties
- Offices & factories
- Garages & outbuildings
- Garden rooms
Unique Fireproof Battens
While competitors may offer fireproof cladding planks, their trims and battens are not fire resistant. This is a clear area of weakness in the event of a fire, which could lead to falling planks or dripping, completely negating the fireproof benefits of A2 rated cladding products!
For this reason, Dura Cladding Aluminium is unlike any other cladding on the market. We supply an A2 fire rated aluminium batten to create a fully A2 rated system – something you won’t find anywhere else!
Download our FREE Aluminium Cladding Brochure
Learn more about the innovative design techniques that make Dura Cladding Flush Aluminium the best product on the market for high-specification cladding, regardless of application.
What's included in our brochure:
- Technical specifications
- Application guidance
- Installation tips and guides
Our Aluminium Cladding Product Range
Our boards are available in 5 attractive colours and is perfect for any residential or commercial application – specifically for high-rise apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, universities, or other publicly funded building projects. Our product fits together quickly due to the unique flush design, making it easy for contractors to install at any height, and our market-leading A2 fire rating, in line with government recommendations, ensures a safe, fireproof cladding system for all applications.
Each of the colours has a textured, matt, antiglare finish that is visually appealing and adds character to any building.
Whist the Anthracite grey coloured Dura Cladding product has become synonymous with modern and contemporary styling and will work seamlessly with anthracite PVC window frames, subtler colours such as the Cedar and Canvas provide a more traditional look. The entire Dura Cladding Flush Aluminium range will ensure a dramatic transformation of the building’s exterior that will provide a safe and low maintenance solution for many years to come.
*Special Order Only – Please call us directly to discuss your requirements.
Can aluminium cladding be painted?
Most aluminium cladding can be painted with metallic paint if desired, however, this can negatively impact the fire safety of the exterior wall cladding. Dura Cladding Aluminium is available in attractive colours and finishes, each of which are fire resistant, adding an extra layer of safety.
Why use aluminium cladding?
Unlike some traditional materials, aluminium offers outstanding fire resistance, which makes it a safe and attractive option for a range of applications. Although the UK government banned the use of combustible materials in the external walls of new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and for residential buildings of more than 18 metres in height in December 2018, they now plan to go significantly further, by lowering the 18 metre height threshold to at most 11 metres or 4 storeys, under plans currently in consultation. Dura Composites can support your building project by helping to design out the risk, to ensure that your building will comply with both current and future building regulations using our A2-s1 d0 fire rated cladding planks.
How is aluminium cladding installed?
Rainscreen cladding is usually fixed to battens and trims which hold it against an exterior wall. Each plank is then screwed or clipped into place to achieve either a flushed or weatherboard effect. Our aluminium cladding utilises an innovative tongue and groove design which allows each plank to lock together without the need for concealed clips or fixings, offering a clean, uniform look. Please ensure that you choose a cladding suppliers whose fire testing has been conducted in conjunction with their installation method. Don't trust any supplier who tests to one method (i.e. on a calcium silicate backing board) and then recommends that you install to a completely different method!
How to clean aluminium cladding?
Dura Cladding Aluminium won’t fade, stain or rot meaning that very little maintenance is required. All that’s needed to keep our cladding looking great is the occasional scrub or pressure wash.
Is aluminium cladding flammable?
Like other metals, aluminium is not naturally flammable, which is why it is often used for exterior cladding. That said, some paints and battens, which are used to fix the cladding to the wall, can be – negating the fire resistant benefits of metal cladding. Dura Cladding Aluminium is paired with A2 fire rated battens and fixings, ensuring maximum safety of the cladding system.
How to fix aluminium cladding?
Our cladding comes with a 20-year manufacturer warranty. Provided that the boards have been well maintained and taken care of, if they ever need fixing all you have to do is let us know and we’ll ensure they get back to looking their best.