Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

Unlike gypsum plasterboard and gypsum plasterboard “Aquapaneli” are created on the basis not of gypsum, but fine-mesh concrete. Roughly speaking, “Aquapanel” is a sheet of cement reinforced with a fiberglass mesh on both sides. However, in the panels, it is simply used for cement mortar, and a special mineral filler with plasticizers that enhance the useful properties of the material. Concrete core.

Standard sizes of “Aquapanels”: 2500х1200 and 1200х900 mm. Most often, such sheets are produced with a thickness of 12.5 mm. This indicator is the same as that of drywall, so you can mount it on a similar system of profiles, convenient for buyers and builders.

However, for the ceiling, Knauf produces “Aquapanels” “Skylight” 8 mm thick, they are lighter. There are also “Aquapanels” for flooring. On the contrary, they have an increased thickness of up to 22-33 mm, because they must withstand increased loads.

Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

Two main types of “Aquapanels”:

  • outdoor, facade;
  • internal, which are divided into wall, floor and ceiling.

Let’s compare the characteristics of these two types of material:

Index Internal “Aquapanels” Outdoor “Aquapanels”
Density, kg / m3 1050 1100-1200
Weight of one square meter, kg 15 sixteen
Flexural strength, MPa Over 6.2 Over 10
Thermal conductivity, W / (m K) 0.27 0.36
Statistical load, kg / m2 50 50
Frost resistance 75 cycles
Minimum bending radius for sheets 900 mm wide, m 1 1

Outdoor “Aquapanels” are used for finishing plinths, arranging ventilated facades, as well as in the construction of frame buildings. Internal – for finishing walls, floors and ceilings, niches, creating arches, including in damp rooms, as a base for laying tiles. It is moisture resistance that favorably distinguishes “Aquapanel” from drywall and allows you to safely use them for facing showers, bathrooms, pools, saunas, laundries..

Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

“Aquapanels” can be cut with a hacksaw, circular saw or jigsaw. Holes in sheets are cut with a drill with a crown bit, hacksaw or cutter.

Important! The joints between the panels are held together with a special joint adhesive. It is sold in 310 ml tubes, such a capacity is enough for about 6.5 m2 walls – consumption is about 50 ml per “square”.

There is a tube of glue for the seams between the “Aquapanels” 489-600 rubles.

In general, the technology of using “Aquapanels” is very similar to the construction and cladding with plasterboard – sheets are attached with screws to a metal or wooden profile.

Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

Advantages of Aquapanels:

  • increased moisture resistance, if in the future the ceramic tiles are laid on glue, the material is not deformed, it is used in bathrooms;
  • you can make bends, arches, without even wetting the plates;
  • a simple installation process that is well known to everyone who has come across drywall;
  • wide scope.

Aquapanel: material characteristics, use, prices

The main disadvantage of Aquapanels is its high price. A sheet of this new material 1200x900x12.5 mm costs about 750 rubles, 8 mm thick – about 500 rubles. For comparison, a moisture-resistant drywall, a sheet of 2500x1200x12.5 mm, costs about 300 rubles. Therefore, many owners of houses and apartments, not without reason, believe that moisture-resistant drywall will be enough for finishing a bathroom. As a facade material, “Aquapanels” are more popular.

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