Ensure your design with durable materials

Durable materials can help to reduce your building’s lifecycle. By investing in greener and durable materials you influence the environmental impact, read more on why durability is important.

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Rockfon Blanka installed at LE34 HQ, Denmark

What does it mean to have outstanding durability?  

When we talk about ceilings, one of the buzz words are durability. But what does it mean? Durability is the term that covers how well a physical product is to remain functional and withstand pressure without requiring excessive maintenance or repair when facing challenges of normal operation during its design lifetime.  

If a product is durable, it means durable materials are a better investment in more ways than one: they consume fewer resources, create less waste, and can spread the environmental impact of manufacturing over a longer period of time. In this way, durability is an essential aspect of eco-efficiency and sustainable production and consumption.

Main aspects of durability:  

  • It keeps a constant performance in all important aspects covering thermal, mechanical and fire resistance  
  • A durable product offers no maintenance, creates less waste and support eco-efficiency moving towards a more sustainable production  
  • Durability is important when we talk about insulation. As durable insulation products will perform consistently through the whole lifetime  

Value for your money  

When considering a renovation or a new build project, there are many concerns to meet. It's important that the building materials meet the design requirement for today, tomorrow and the future.  

The focus on sustainable building materials has created a buzz around that they need to meet the long-term needs of users without expensive upkeep towards maintenance or repair. The products should give indoor comfort and a healthy indoor climate. The desirable products need to key performance in its functionality, reliability and durability.  

Opting for durable building products and materials, you choose quality products that will benefit you financially. It will extend the building’s lifecycle and will safeguard the visual design while reducing the environmental impact for a more sustainable future.  

A longer lifecycle cut down the amount of construction and demolition waste sent to landfill, while a short lifecycle consumes more natural resources. That is an essential consideration for any building project because the building industry is already responsible for a third of all landfill waste — and this amount is increasing worldwide.  

What can durable building materials do for you?  

When looking at the environmental and financial benefits of durable materials, it’s a positive aspect. Investing in durable buildings materials boosts several stages of the building’s lifecycle. The building will perform better than non-sustainable competitors. It influences the operating costs, add a higher value to the listing price and it gives you the opportunity to have a higher rental rate. As well as it means that the investments made in raw materials, energy and environmental impacts can be spread out over more time.  

Durability goes together with low maintenance, and therefore, it’s a top consideration and topic for buyers, sellers, lenders and others in the supply chain of buildings.  

The big awareness of a greener building scheme has led to the growing focus on durability, and currently, durability is integral to the LEED building rating scheme. Read more about how Rockfon can help you to be LEED-certified. 

Spaces designed to last the lifetime of the building  

Stone wool’s dimensional stability means that the performance stays unchanged decade after decade, from rainstorms to summer heats. It keeps the maintenance low throughout the building’s lifetime. Rockfon acoustic ceiling and wall solution have built-in robustness that’s unique. With excellent acoustic absorption, moisture and fire resistance, stone wool is a ceiling material that keeps a natural indoor environment quality and gives lasting durability.  

How do you choose the right durable materials? 

Durable building materials depends on specific factors addressed through design and construction. Building durability is an issue of how well the materials can withstand and manage water. Moisture and decay caused by rain, heat, wind and extreme temperature swings make location and weather conditions key factors for deciding the right building materials to use.    

If you want durable materials, a great place to start is to partner with a manufacturer that offers sustainable, durable materials. They offer the possibility to use materials that might otherwise be landfilled or downcycled. At Rockfon, approximately one-third of the raw material used in our production is repurposed waste. Get the facts and download our durability factsheet here. 

Important to consider is how durability and sustainability could influence every surface in your building. Ceilings are often overlooked but don’t forget what a huge area they stand for and therefore, make a big impact. Rockfon Blanka® offers best-in-class surface durability and a long product lifecycle, thanks to an anti-static coating that resists dust and dirt, making your ceiling always looks as good as the day it was installed.