New elevator cladding serves two major purposes – rectifying the rust and corrosion that has accumulated on elevator walls over time and beautifying old elevators during commercial building renovations. New cladding is a great opportunity to make your elevator walls, lobby walls, and entrance walls waterproof and fire-resistant. Besides, it’s much more economical to clad over old and damaged surfaces than replacing them altogether.
So, how do you know when you need new cladding? This article discusses the situations when new cladding becomes necessary and the ways in which you can gain the most of elevator cladding services.
1. Old and damaged elevator walls are the number one reason to go for cladding. For commercial buildings, it makes sense to spend only as much as the value you get from the facility. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you compromise on looks and safety. New engineering methods and materials ensure that old wall panels hold on to their structural integrity even when you clad over them. Besides, newer materials such as PVC and powder-coated steel, are much more resistant to moisture and temperature despite their low-cost installation.
2. Scuff marks and dents: The process of cladding necessarily involves removing the old laminate on panels along with their binders. Any glue that remains is scraped off. Elevator servicemen then take a long hard look at the underlying substrate. If it is solid and able to resist external pressures the new laminate can be directly applied on top. If the surface appears loose, then it is buffed with an auto-body grinder before applying the laminate. The entire panel would need to be replaced if it is badly broken or fissured. Good cladding workmen will check the size and fit before the final binding to ensure that no moving parts survive before the laminate is clamped and fixed. Both the inside and outside surfaces are sanded and the outer surface is polished. Ply is then used with construction adhesive to support the cladding from outside. Cladding ends are aligned and riveted to hold them in place. Any gaps are closed up with clamps. Now the panels can be installed on the elevator or lobby walls again. As you can see, plenty of saving can be done for unsightly panels that lower the reputation of your facility.
3. Elevator and Building Renovations: Sometimes, renovations are necessary when a new business or department has been established or the organization is just heading in a new direction. In that case, consider cladding your hallway, lobby, and entrance panels with materials that are fireproof and waterproof. Elevators that are placed on the outer walls of your building, or are, by design, exposed to rain and weather are particularly susceptible to oxidation and peeling. Renovation is a good opportunity to replace those ageing surfaces, ceilings, and walls with functional, modular, and flexible cladding panels.
4. Complying with Regulation: Elevator codes, such as the Vandal code, EN81-71, requires your elevator interior materials to be vandal-proof. This is particularly important for elevators that are placed in unobserved spaces such as shopping malls, public transit areas, and residential apartments without surveillance. This code necessitates that your elevator surfaces be resistant to scratches and major damage that can be caused by pen-knives and screwdrivers. Modern cladding materials are stronger and hardier, which is becoming a mandatory design factor for new elevator and building design.