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Aluminium Cladding

Aluminium Cladding

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Aluminium pipe cladding provides an attractive, durable, and thermally efficient solution for protecting and insulating pipework in commercial, industrial and residential settings. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about specifying, purchasing and installing aluminium pipe cladding for optimal performance.

What is Aluminium Pipe Cladding?

Aluminium pipe cladding refers to an aluminium casing that is wrapped around pipes, ducting or pipework to provide:

  • Aesthetic covering
  • Mechanical protection
  • Thermal insulation
  • Weatherproofing
  • Chemical resistance
  • Fire protection

It creates a sealed barrier between the pipe and external elements, shielding pipes from damage while also enhancing efficiency.

Aluminium is a popular cladding material due to its:

  • Durability - Aluminium has high impact strength and is resistant to weathering and corrosion. It will not rust, peel or flake.
  • Lightweight - Aluminium cladding is lightweight, making handling and installation easier.
  • Flexibility - Aluminium cladding can be formed into various shapes and sizes to fit different pipe configurations.
  • Appearance - Aluminium provides an attractive, modern finish for exposed pipework.

Benefits of Aluminium Pipe Cladding

Aluminium pipe cladding provides a range of performance and aesthetic benefits:

Mechanical Protection

  • Shields pipes from physical impacts, abrasion and vibration
  • Prevents damage from external factors
  • Extends pipe lifespan

Thermal Insulation

  • Creates a continuous insulated barrier around pipes
  • Reduces heat gain/loss from pipework
  • Improves temperature control
  • Saves on energy costs


  • Protects pipework from rain, snow and other precipitation
  • Guards against damage from UV rays, pollutants and salt spray
  • Allows pipes to be installed externally

Fire Protection

  • Provides protection in the event of fire
  • Meets fire safety regulations for pipe cladding
  • Prevents flame spread

Chemical Resistance

  • Withstands contact with acids, alkalis, oils and solvents
  • Suitable for pipes carrying corrosive substances


  • Provides a smooth, high-quality finish
  • Available in various colours and textures
  • Conceals unsightly pipework

Aluminium Grades for Pipe Cladding

Aluminium cladding is commonly available in two grade variants:

1100 Grade Aluminium

  • 99% pure aluminium
  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • Easy to shape and fabricate
  • Lower strength than other grades

Best suited to:

  • Cladding pipework in chemical plants
  • General water pipes
  • Architectural cladding applications

3xxx Series Alloys

  • Aluminium alloyed with manganese
  • Higher strength than 1100 grade
  • More resistant to fire/heat
  • Common alloys are 3003, 3105

Well-suited to:

  • Insulating hot water and heating pipes
  • Cladding pipework in food factories
  • Protecting industrial steam lines

3003 alloy offers optimal balance of formability, strength and corrosion resistance.

Aluminium Pipe Cladding Styles

Aluminium cladding for pipes is available in various styles:

Plain Aluminium Cladding

  • Smooth flat finish
  • Reflective, industrial look
  • Available in mill finish or powder coated
  • Sleek, minimalist aesthetic

Stucco Embossed Cladding

  • Textured stucco pattern
  • Excellent scratch resistance
  • Hides surface imperfections
  • Visually appealing textured look

Corrugated Cladding

  • Formed into waves/corrugations
  • Added strength and rigidity
  • Distinctive visual profile
  • Popular for roofing and wall cladding

Perforated Cladding

  • Punched with small holes
  • Allows ventilation and air circulation
  • Provides decorative screening effect

Stucco vs Plain Aluminium Cladding

Stucco and plain aluminium cladding offer different visual styles:

Factor Plain Aluminium Stucco Aluminium
Finish Smooth, flat finish Textured stucco pattern
Look Industrial, minimalist Decorative, textured
Scratch resistance Moderate Excellent
Concealing imperfections Fair Very good
Light reflection Highly reflective Low reflectivity
Popular uses Chemical pipes, general duty Architectural, decorative

Stucco cladding is ideal for exposed architectural piping where an attractive textured appearance is desired. Plain aluminium cladding offers a clinical, utilitarian look suited to industrial applications.

Aluminium Cladding Thickness

Aluminium cladding for pipes is commonly produced in two thickness variants:

  • 0.5mm - Suitable for indoor plumbing and small diameter pipes
  • 0.7mm - Recommended for heating pipes and exposed outdoor pipework

The thicker 0.7mm cladding provides greater impact resistance and durability for external piping. 0.5mm can suffice for indoor hot water lines.

For pipe diameters exceeding 150mm, 0.9mm cladding should be considered. Contact your cladding supplier for advice.

Measuring Pipe Diameters

Accurately measuring the pipe diameters is crucial when ordering aluminium cladding:

  • Use calipers or a pi tape to measure pipe circumference
  • Measure at multiple points along the pipe
  • Account for any insulation or lagging
  • Round measurements up to the nearest 5mm

If pipes have already been installed, take measurements on site. Otherwise, check specifications on the pipe product packaging.

Record all measurements to share with your cladding supplier when requesting quotes.

Ordering Aluminium Pipe Cladding

When ordering aluminium pipe cladding, you will need to provide:

Product Details

  • Cladding thickness (0.5mm, 0.7mm etc)
  • Aluminium grade (1100, 3003 etc)
  • Cladding style (plain, stucco embossed etc)
  • Surface finish (mill, powder coated)

Pipe Measurements

  • Pipe diameter
  • Pipe length
  • Quantity of pipes

Any Special Requirements

  • Custom colours or sizes
  • Perforations, holes or cut-outs
  • Matching fittings and accessories

Reputable suppliers like Insulation & More can manufacture custom aluminium cladding tailored to your specifications.

Accessories for Aluminium Pipe Cladding

Aluminium cladding systems require supporting products for a complete installation:

  • End caps - Provide enclosed ends to cladding sleeves
  • Joints - Cover seams between cladding sections
  • Corners - Preformed corner boxes to clad elbows and bends
  • Clips - Attach and secure cladding to pipework
  • Sealant - Seal gaps and prevent moisture ingress
  • Fixings - Screws, rivets and fasteners

Quality accessories ensure a secure, professional finish.

Installing Aluminium Pipe Cladding

Aluminium cladding should be installed according to manufacturer guidelines:


  • Ensure pipes are clean, dry and grease-free
  • Check condition of existing pipe coating
  • Remove old lagging or cladding if deteriorated
  • Measure pipe dimensions and order cladding


  • Carefully cut cladding to required lengths
  • Use fine-toothed saws to avoid tearing metal
  • File any sharp edges smooth


  • Open longitudinal gaps in cladding and fit around pipe
  • Position seams at rear of pipe for better appearance
  • Use corner boxes and joints between sleeve sections
  • Fix end caps and seal open ends


  • Place cladding clips at regular intervals along the pipe
  • Tighten clips to hold cladding firmly against pipe
  • Use additional fixings if needed for heavy cladding


  • Apply sealant along joints, seams and end caps
  • Ensure no gaps between cladding and pipe surface
  • Sealant prevents moisture ingress

Proper installation ensures cladding provides full weatherproofing and insulation.

Maintaining Aluminium Pipe Cladding

Aluminium cladding is durable and low maintenance, but periodic upkeep is recommended:

  • Inspect cladding for damage, cracks or loose areas
  • Check condition of sealant; re-seal if needed
  • Remove any chemical deposits or grime
  • Apply touch-up paint on scratches or marks
  • Ensure cladding remains securely fastened

With minor upkeep, aluminium pipe cladding will last for decades without needing replacement.

Benefits of Insulation & More Aluminium Cladding

Insulation & More offers high performance aluminium pipe cladding suitable for any application:

Made in Britain

  • Manufactured at our UK facility
  • Short lead times; no long import waits

Expert Advice

  • Technical guidance from our specialists
  • Help selecting optimal products

Custom Options

  • Bespoke sizes and finishes available
  • Match cladding to your specifications

Premium Quality

  • Durable and weatherproof construction
  • Consistent quality control

Great Value

  • Competitive pricing
  • Bulk order discounts

Contact our team today to discuss your project and request a quote. Our aluminium pipe cladding provides long-lasting protection and efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is aluminium pipe cladding suitable for hot water pipes?

A: Yes, aluminium cladding works very well for insulating hot water pipes. The 3xxx series alloys offer good heat resistance. Ensure proper seals to prevent moisture damage.

Q: Can I coat aluminium cladding with plastisol?

A: Plastisol coatings are not recommended for aluminium cladding, as they may interact and cause staining or adhesion issues. Powder coating or paint are better options.

Q: What thickness should I use for a 300mm diameter ventilation duct?

A: For a 300mm diameter duct, 0.7mm stucco embossed cladding would be an ideal specification, providing sufficient impact resistance for exposed ductwork.

Q: How do I clean aluminium cladding?

A: Use a mild detergent and soft brush to remove any grime. Avoid abrasive cleaners. For stubborn deposits, a specialist metal cleaner may be required. Test on a small area first.

Q: What maintenance is needed for aluminium cladding?

A: Generally just periodic inspections, spot touch-ups of any damage, and re-sealing joints if needed. Aluminium's natural durability means minimal maintenance.

Final Word on Aluminium Pipe Cladding

Aluminium pipe cladding delivers durable, thermally efficient protection for critical pipework. With proper selection of pipe cladding thickness, grade and accessories, it provides mechanical, fire and weatherproofing qualities unmatched by other materials. Whether creating a sleek, professional look or simply shielding pipes from damage, aluminium pipe cladding is a versatile solution suited to any pipework application.

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