Aluminium Coping: Superior Fabrications – Tested to 400mph

Welcome to Fusion Facades, a leading innovator in architectural solutions, where our flagship SnapLok Capping system sets the standard for aluminium coping excellence. Engineered with precision for both parapet wall protection and sophisticated roof edge detailing, SnapLok Capping embodies the pinnacle of design and functionality.

The Fundamentals of Aluminium Coping

Aluminium coping serves as a critical component in modern construction, providing both functional and aesthetic advantages to parapet walls and roof edges. Its primary purpose is to shield the wall structure from water penetration, which can cause damage over time. Fabricated from high-quality aluminium, these copings are lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion, making them an ideal choice for all weather conditions.

Moreover, aluminium coping offers a sleek, contemporary finish to buildings, enhancing architectural beauty without compromising on protection. Its versatility allows for customisation in design and colour, ensuring a perfect match with any project’s aesthetic requirements.

The Fundamentals of Aluminium Coping

Aluminium coping serves as a critical component in modern construction, providing both functional and aesthetic advantages to parapet walls and roof edges. Its primary purpose is to shield the wall structure from water penetration, which can cause damage over time. Fabricated from high-quality aluminium, these copings are lightweight, durable, and resistant to corrosion, making them an ideal choice for all weather conditions.

Moreover, aluminium coping offers a sleek, contemporary finish to buildings, enhancing architectural beauty without compromising on protection. Its versatility allows for customisation in design and colour, ensuring a perfect match with any project’s aesthetic requirements.

Parapet Wall Coping – Economical Installation

One of the standout features of SnapLok Capping is its economical installation process. Designed with efficiency in mind, these wall copings can be quickly and easily fitted onto any parapet wall or roof edge without the need for specialised tools or extensive labour. The lightweight nature of aluminium simplifies the handling and installation, making it a cost-effective solution for both large-scale and smaller projects.

Furthermore, the innovative SnapLok design ensures a secure and precise fit, minimising the potential for future maintenance or replacement costs. By choosing aluminium coping, architects and contractors can enjoy significant savings while benefiting from a high-quality, long-lasting protective solution.

The Advantages of SnapLok Capping

SnapLok Capping by Fusion Facades stands out in the market for its innovative design and superior performance. This section delves into the key advantages of choosing SnapLok Capping for your architectural projects, focusing on parapet wall ventilation, sustainable materials, and secret fix installation.

Parapet Wall Ventilation: SnapLok Capping is engineered to enhance parapet wall ventilation, preventing moisture accumulation and ensuring the longevity of the wall structure. Its design allows for continuous airflow between the coping and the parapet wall, reducing the risk of water ingress and structural damage. This innovative ventilation system promotes a healthier building envelope, safeguarding against damp and mould.

Sustainable Materials: Committed to environmental stewardship, Fusion Facades utilises sustainable, recyclable materials in the manufacturing of SnapLok Capping. Aluminium, known for its durability and recyclability, forms the core of our product. This commitment to using eco-friendly materials not only reduces the environmental impact but also contributes to a more sustainable construction industry.

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Secret Fix Installation: SnapLok Capping’s secret fix installation system is a game-changer for architects and contractors seeking a sleek, unobtrusive finish. This method conceals fixings, delivering a clean and elegant aesthetic to the roof edge or parapet wall. The simplicity of installation not only saves time on site but also eliminates visible fasteners, enhancing the overall appearance of the building façade.

SnapLok Capping offers a blend of functionality, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal, making it the ideal choice for contemporary construction projects.

Bespoke Aluminium Coping Fabrication

Fusion Facades excels in the bespoke fabrication of aluminium coping, tailored to meet the specific needs of commercial, industrial, and domestic applications. This personalised approach ensures that each project benefits from coping solutions that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functionally superior.

Commercial Applications: For commercial buildings, bespoke aluminium coping provides a sleek, professional finish that complements the architectural design. Customised to fit any building contour, our coping solutions enhance the visual appeal of office buildings, retail spaces, and other commercial properties. The durability and low maintenance of aluminium coping make it an economical choice for commercial projects, offering long-lasting protection against environmental elements.

Industrial Applications: In industrial settings, the robustness of aluminium coping becomes paramount. Fusion Facades designs coping solutions to withstand the harsh conditions often encountered in industrial environments. Custom fabrication ensures a perfect fit for warehouses, manufacturing plants, and other industrial facilities, providing essential protection against water ingress and contributing to the overall structural integrity of the buildings.

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Domestic Applications: For domestic applications, the versatility of bespoke aluminium coping allows for creative and functional integration into residential projects. Whether it’s enhancing the aesthetic of a modern home or providing a durable solution for roof and parapet wall protection, our customised coping solutions add value and beauty to any home. With a range of finishes and colours, homeowners can personalise their space to reflect their unique style.

Fusion Facades’ commitment to bespoke aluminium coping fabrication ensures that every project, regardless of scale or sector, benefits from the highest quality, custom-fit solutions designed to meet the unique challenges and aesthetic preferences of our clients.

Wall Coping – Laid Level

SnapLok Capping by Fusion Facades excels in laid level applications, ideal for projects with narrow wall widths or those not requiring a fall on the capping. Its design ensures a perfect fit for slender parapets, providing robust weather protection without sacrificing space or aesthetic appeal. This makes it a preferred choice for achieving a flat, seamless look that complements the architectural intent.

In scenarios where a level capping solution is essential, SnapLok Capping demonstrates exceptional performance. Engineered to handle water management effectively in flat installations, it offers an optimal solution for designs that demand a uniform, level appearance. Fusion Facades’ commitment to innovative design and functionality is evident in the versatility and efficiency of SnapLok Capping in laid level applications.

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Wall Coping – Packed to Fall

SnapLok Capping is ingeniously designed to cater to packed to fall applications, making it an indispensable solution for flat roof parapet wall protection. This application is crucial for directing rainwater effectively onto the roof surface, from where it can be channeled into parapet chute outlets, and subsequently, into hoppers and rainwater pipes for efficient drainage. The strategic design of SnapLok Capping ensures a gentle slope is created, facilitating the smooth flow of water away from the parapet walls and preventing water accumulation that could lead to structural damage or leakage.

By employing SnapLok Capping in packed to fall applications, architects and contractors can achieve superior water management on flat roofs. This method not only enhances the longevity of the building’s structure by mitigating water ingress but also contributes to a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing roofline. Fusion Facades’ SnapLok Capping combines functionality with design elegance, ensuring that essential water drainage is achieved without compromising the visual appeal of the building.

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Wall Coping – Cantilever Applications

SnapLok Capping is adeptly suited for cantilever applications, where parapets feature a significant overhang that requires spanning. In such scenarios, the strength and lightweight characteristics of aluminium coping become essential. Fusion Facades’ SnapLok Capping is engineered to provide a robust yet aesthetically pleasing solution for these challenging architectural features. Its design ensures that even with extensive overhangs, the coping remains stable and secure, effectively protecting the parapet from weather elements without imposing excessive weight or requiring extensive support structures.

For buildings with parapets that extend beyond the main wall line, SnapLok Capping delivers not just functionality but also visual harmony. The ability to span large overhangs without compromising on durability or appearance makes SnapLok Capping an ideal choice for modern architectural designs. This application underscores the versatility of Fusion Facades’ aluminium coping solutions, catering to both the protective needs and aesthetic desires of architects and contractors alike.

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Wall Coping – Insulated Applications

SnapLok Capping is also meticulously designed for insulated coping applications, catering to parapets that necessitate added insulation. This specialised application is particularly relevant in steel frame structures with extreme temperature variations, where maintaining thermal efficiency is paramount. Fusion Facades’ SnapLok Capping provides the space to incorporate a layer of high-performance insulation material, seamlessly integrated within the aluminium coping. This addition not only enhances the thermal barrier of the parapet wall but also contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the building.

The integration of insulation in SnapLok Capping addresses the growing need for buildings to meet stringent energy codes without compromising the architectural integrity. By providing added insulation capabilities, SnapLok Capping ensures that parapets can effectively contribute to the thermal envelope of the building, reducing heat loss in colder climates and heat gain in warmer ones. This approach to insulated coping applications demonstrates Fusion Facades’ commitment to delivering solutions that are both functionally superior and environmentally responsible.

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Wall Coping – Supporting Abseil Loadings

SnapLok Capping can be engineered to handle abseil loading applications, providing an innovative and economical solution for façade maintenance strategies. Designed for parapets that must support the loads associated with abseiling operations, SnapLok Capping ensures safety and reliability without compromising the structural integrity or aesthetic appeal of the building. This application is especially valuable for high-rise buildings where regular maintenance and cleaning of the façade are essential.

Fusion Facades’ commitment to versatile and practical design solutions is evident in the engineering of SnapLok Capping to accommodate abseil loads. The system’s robust design allows the abseilers rope to rest over the parapet coping without distorting. This allows maintenance teams to safely access the building’s exterior, simplifying tasks such as window cleaning, façade maintenance, and repairs. By facilitating abseil operations, SnapLok Capping offers architects a cost-effective and efficient method for maintaining the façade, ensuring it remains in pristine condition for years to come.

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Wall Coping – Curved Applications

For architectural projects demanding a more dynamic and visually striking approach, SnapLok Capping is perfectly tailored for curved applications. Fusion Facades offers bespoke solutions for fully curved aluminium copings, accommodating a wide range of design intricacies. Whether the requirement is for cappings curved on plan, curved on elevation, or a combination of both, our team is equipped to deliver with precision and elegance.

This adaptability makes SnapLok Capping an ideal choice for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of buildings with unique architectural features. The ability to seamlessly integrate curved copings into a design not only adds a distinctive character to the structure but also showcases Fusion Facades’ commitment to innovation and excellence in architectural fabrication. By providing customised solutions for curved applications, we ensure that even the most complex design visions can be realised, bringing an added layer of sophistication and uniqueness to any project.

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Wall Coping – Special Fabrications

At the heart of Fusion Facades’ bespoke architectural fabrications lies our expertise in crafting precise aluminium coping junctions. These junctions, including angles, stop ends, T junctions, raking angles, apex angles, upstand stop ends, and stepped junctions between coping sizes, are essential for achieving a seamless and functional finish on any project. Our meticulous attention to detail ensures that each junction is engineered for a perfect fit, facilitating smooth transitions and connections across the coping system.

Our custom fabrication process allows us to accommodate the unique requirements of each project, ensuring that the architectural integrity is maintained while providing effective water management and aesthetic coherence. Whether it’s creating a sharp, clean angle for a contemporary look or designing a complex stepped junction for a more intricate layout, Fusion Facades’ aluminium coping junctions are tailored to meet the precise needs of architects and contractors. This bespoke approach underscores our commitment to delivering not just products, but comprehensive solutions that enhance the functionality and beauty of buildings.

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Aluminium Coping Testing

Fusion Facades places a strong emphasis on the reliability and durability of SnapLok Capping, which is why we have invested in rigorous aluminium coping testing. Conducted in collaboration with independent, industry-recognised testing centres, our aluminium copings have undergone extensive assessments to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality and performance. The results are impressive, demonstrating that SnapLok Capping can withstand wind speeds of over 400mph.

This exceptional level of performance provides architects and contractors with the confidence and peace of mind they require when specifying SnapLok Capping for high-rise applications. Knowing that the product can endure extreme weather conditions ensures that SnapLok Capping is not only a practical choice for safeguarding buildings but also a reliable one. Our commitment to testing and quality assurance underscores Fusion Facades’ dedication to providing products that excel in both form and function, ensuring the safety and satisfaction of our clients.

Aluminium Coping Fire Ratings

Fusion Facades is committed to not only the aesthetic and functional quality of our aluminium coping solutions but also to their safety performance, particularly regarding fire resistance. Our polyester powder-coated finishes on aluminium copings come with a fire rating of A2-s1,d0, indicating very limited combustibility and minimal smoke production and no droplet formation. This rating ensures a high level of fire safety, making it a suitable choice for a wide range of applications, including high-rise buildings and sensitive areas where fire regulations are stringent.

For projects requiring the utmost in fire safety, our anodised finishes on aluminium copings provide an A1 fire rating, the highest possible classification. This rating signifies that the material is non-combustible, offering no contribution to fire at all. The availability of both A2-s1,d0 and A1 rated finishes allows architects and contractors to specify SnapLok Capping with confidence, knowing that they are choosing a product that not only enhances the building’s design but also adheres to the highest standards of fire safety.

Parapet Capping Finish Options

At Fusion Facades, we understand that the finish of aluminium coping is just as important as its functionality. That’s why we offer an extensive range of finish options to ensure our products can be tailored to meet the specific aesthetic and performance requirements of any project. Our Polyester powder-coated finishes are available in hundreds of different RAL and British Standard colours, providing unparalleled versatility in design. Clients can choose from a variety of gloss levels, including Matt, Satin, Gloss, Textures, and Metallics, to achieve the desired look and feel for their projects.

Our powder coating systems, including Qualicoat and Interpon D, ensure a durable and high-quality finish. We source finishes from leading manufacturers such as Akzo Nobel, Syntha Pulvin, IGP, Tiger, and more, ensuring that our products meet the highest standards of quality and durability. For projects that require the highest fire rating, we also offer anodised options, which provide an A1 fire rating. This combination of aesthetic flexibility and safety compliance makes SnapLok Capping an ideal choice for a wide range of architectural applications, from commercial and industrial buildings to high-rise and residential projects.

Parapet Capping Warranties

Fusion Facades is committed to delivering not only the highest quality aluminium coping solutions but also the assurance that comes with comprehensive warranty coverage. We understand the importance of long-term reliability and client peace of mind, which is why we offer warranties on finishes for up to 40 years, subject to project-specific applications. This warranty coverage underscores our confidence in the durability and performance of our finishes, whether it be polyester powder-coated, anodised, or any of our other available options.

Our warranty program is designed to provide architects, contractors, and building owners with the assurance that our products will stand the test of time, maintaining their aesthetic appeal and functional integrity well into the future. By choosing SnapLok Capping from Fusion Facades, clients are investing in a solution that is backed by a strong commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, ensuring that their project benefits from both immediate and long-lasting protection and beauty.

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Full Package – Design and Supply

Fusion Facades prides itself on offering flexible and comprehensive design and supply options to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With a team of dedicated in-house designers, we are equipped to provide expert technical support, guiding architects and contractors through the intricacies of selecting and customising the perfect aluminium coping solution for their project. Our team’s expertise ensures that each design not only meets the aesthetic and functional requirements of the project but also adheres to the highest standards of quality and durability.

For clients seeking a more holistic service, Fusion Facades offers a complete design and supply service. This option encompasses everything from initial design consultation and project planning to the final supply of the bespoke aluminium coping system. By leveraging our comprehensive service, clients can enjoy a seamless and efficient process, ensuring their project is supported by expert knowledge and delivered to the highest standard. Whether you require specialised technical support or a full-service solution, Fusion Facades is dedicated to fulfilling your project needs with precision, expertise, and unparalleled customer service.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is aluminium coping used for?

Aluminium coping is an integral component in modern construction, primarily used for the protection and aesthetic enhancement of wall tops, especially parapet walls on buildings’ roofs. The primary function of coping is to prevent water from entering the wall and the building, which is vital for maintaining the structural integrity of the wall and preventing damage such as dampness, mold, or even structural failure. Aluminium, with its excellent durability and resistance to corrosion, is particularly suited for this task, ensuring long-term protection against various weather conditions.

Beyond its protective role, aluminium coping plays a significant part in defining the visual appeal of a building. It offers a clean, finished look that can be tailored to complement the building’s design. The versatility of aluminium allows for a wide range of styles and finishes, from sleek and modern to more traditional designs, making it a favorite among architects and designers looking to enhance the aesthetic value of their projects.

Can we customise aluminum coping?

Customisation is a key feature of aluminium coping, enabling it to meet the precise requirements of any construction project. Fusion Facades excels in offering custom solutions, whether it’s adapting to unique architectural features, matching specific colour schemes, or creating copings for unconventional wall sizes. Our process begins with a thorough consultation to understand the project’s specific needs, followed by the design phase where ideas are transformed into tangible solutions.

Our customisation capabilities extend to a variety of finishes, including powder coating in a spectrum of RAL and British Standard colours, as well as different textures such as matte, satin, gloss, and metallic. This breadth of options ensures that the final product not only performs its protective function but also aligns perfectly with the project’s aesthetic vision. Additionally, the flexibility in design allows for the accommodation of specific functional requirements, such as enhanced insulation or special mounting systems for safety features.

How does the SnapLok system work?

The SnapLok system represents a leap forward in coping installation technology. Designed for simplicity and strength, it features a mechanism that allows the coping to securely ‘snap’ into place atop the parapet wall. This innovative approach eliminates the need for visible fasteners, resulting in a sleek and unobtrusive look that enhances the building’s exterior appearance. The system’s ease of installation is a significant advantage, reducing labor time and costs.

Moreover, the SnapLok system is built to accommodate the natural expansion and contraction of materials due to temperature changes, ensuring the coping’s integrity and longevity. This thoughtful design prevents common issues such as warping or loosening over time, maintaining the system’s performance and aesthetic quality. The integration of such a system into a building’s design offers a practical solution that does not compromise on style or functionality, making it a popular choice among professionals in the construction industry.

What is the fire resistance level of Fusion Facades' aluminium copings?

Fusion Facades is committed to safety and compliance, offering aluminium copings with significant fire resistance levels. Our polyester powder-coated finishes are rated A2-s1,d0, indicating limited combustibility and very low smoke production with no droplet formation. This level of fire resistance is particularly important in buildings where safety regulations demand materials that contribute minimally to fire spread and intensity.

For projects with even stricter fire safety requirements, our anodised finishes provide an A1 fire rating, the highest classification, denoting non-combustibility. This ensures that in the event of a fire, the coping will not contribute to the flame spread or structural damage. Such high fire resistance levels provide architects, builders, and building owners with peace of mind, knowing that the chosen materials adhere to stringent safety standards, making Fusion Facades’ aluminium copings suitable for a wide array of building types.

Is it possible to mount the coping on structures with extensive overhangs?

Yes, Fusion Facades’ aluminium coping systems are specifically designed to accommodate structures with extensive overhangs. The engineering behind our copings ensures that they can span significant distances without requiring intermediate supports, which is crucial for maintaining the architectural integrity and aesthetic of buildings with such features. This capability is a testament to the strength and flexibility of aluminium as a material, as well as the innovative design approaches employed by Fusion Facades.

The installation process for these copings takes into account the unique structural challenges posed by overhangs, ensuring that the coping not only fits securely but also contributes to the overall stability of the structure. This application of aluminium coping is particularly valuable in modern architectural designs, where dynamic forms and expansive overhangs are often used to create visual interest and provide functional spaces beneath.

Is the system tested against high winds?

Fusion Facades has rigorously tested our aluminium coping systems to ensure their performance in extreme weather conditions, including high winds. Independent tests conducted with industry-recognised centres have shown

that our copings can withstand wind speeds of over 400mph. This level of durability is critical for buildings located in high-wind areas or high-rise structures exposed to stronger wind forces at elevated heights. The testing process involves simulating the dynamic and static pressures that copings would face in such conditions to ensure they remain securely in place and perform their protective functions effectively.

The results of these tests provide architects, contractors, and building owners with the assurance that specifying SnapLok Capping for their projects will not compromise the safety or integrity of the building envelope. The ability of Fusion Facades’ aluminium coping to exceed these wind speed tests underscores our commitment to quality and reliability. It also highlights the technical sophistication of our products, designed to meet the challenges of modern construction and environmental conditions.

How does the system facilitate façade upkeep?

The design of the SnapLok system significantly facilitates façade upkeep, providing a practical solution for the maintenance of building exteriors. By supporting abseil loading, the system allows maintenance crews to safely and efficiently perform tasks such as window cleaning, painting, and repairs at height. This capability is particularly beneficial for high-rise buildings where façade access can be challenging and costly.

Moreover, the durability and weather resistance of our aluminium coping reduce the need for frequent maintenance, ensuring that the building’s aesthetic appeal is preserved with minimal effort. The system’s ease of installation and replacement also means that any damaged sections can be quickly and efficiently addressed without impacting the overall appearance of the façade. This approach to design and functionality ensures that maintaining the building’s exterior is as straightforward and cost-effective as possible, contributing to the longevity and beauty of the structure.

Why choose aluminium copings over coping stones?

Choosing aluminium coping over stone offers several advantages, especially in terms of weight, maintenance, and design flexibility. Aluminium is significantly lighter than stone, reducing the load on the building structure and simplifying the installation process. This lightweight nature also means that aluminium coping can be used in situations where the additional weight of stone would be problematic, such as on structures with limited load-bearing capacity or extensive overhangs.

In terms of maintenance, aluminium is resistant to corrosion and requires less upkeep compared to stone, which may weather or erode over time, especially in harsh environmental conditions. Aluminium coping also offers a broader range of finishes and can be easily customized to fit any architectural style, providing a modern and sleek appearance that stone cannot always match.

Additionally, the innovation behind systems like SnapLok allows for features such as hidden fixings and integrated drainage solutions, which are more difficult to achieve with stone coping. The combination of durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic versatility makes aluminium an attractive choice for contemporary construction projects, providing a modern solution that meets the demands of today’s architectural design and construction standards.

Aluminium coping plays a vital role in contemporary building architecture, providing both defensive and visual advantages. Fusion Facades focuses on innovation and quality. They provide aluminum coping solutions for any project.

The size or complexity of the project does not matter. Our advanced Aluminium Wall Coping fabrication services and custom fabrication services assist architects, builders, and property owners in creating visually appealing constructions. These constructions are high-quality, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.

Fusion Facades is your dependable partner for aluminium products, offering durability, design options, and aesthetic appeal. Contact us today to learn how our services can enhance your upcoming project.