Veneer-wrapped aluminum panels allow greater design flexibility for ceiling and wall systems. These panels from Contact Industries range from 1' by 1' up to 4' by 8' and come in several shapes, including triangles, trapezoids, squares, and rectangles. The aluminum core products come from several manufacturers (including Hunter-Douglas and Simplex), and Contact Industries applies veneer to the face and each of the four edges. Components can be delivered prefinished with a variety of options, including fire-retardant coatings and custom tinting to match specified colors. Lineal veneered aluminum components up to 16' long with face widths ranging from 2" to 8" are also available. contactind.com
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