Chromatics is the world’s first cuttable, totally opaque, coloured glass cladding panel. The organic elements used in the manufacturing process forming an intermolecularly bonded product that is a unique laminate of glass, colour layer and metal – not a toughened glass. It has a significantly greater resistance to thermal fracture than float glass, making it a much safer architectural product.
Developed in conjunction with Pilkington, Chromatics is suitable for both exterior and interior applications and is an integral component of monolithic panels, double glazed units, and rainscreen systems. It offers an unrivalled depth and consistency of panel colour across the entire RAL spectrum. In addition, for a totally stunning finish, any size of digital imagery, textural look, branding or corporate colour requirements can be precisely and durably reproduced. The Chromatics process does not cause roller wave distortion, pinholes or pigment and transparency variation.
Chromatics is shatterproof and resistant to extreme point impact. It is therefore ideal for external building applications, because even if broken under extreme circumstances, the panel will retain its integrity, remaining intact, waterproof and functional until replaced
It is possible in many applications to specify 4mm thickness rather than a conventional 6mm and potentially reduce the building’s glazing weight by a third. Where 4mm Chromatics is used, the total cost of the cladding can often be recovered through the savings made on reduced material usage in the building structure.
It is an environmentally considerate product too, being made from renewable resources and requiring much less energy to produce than toughened glass. Other environmental advantages with Chromatics are that it uses no paints with toxins or heavy metals during manufacture, is completely recyclable and is in every way designed to help meet the ever-increasing challenges of creating better insulated and more environmentally friendly buildings.
Unlike bespoke toughened ceramic-coated glass, Chromatics is a stockable product and can be cut and worked even after processing, saving weeks or possibly months when closing the building envelope.