Frequently Asked Questions

What does Pure + FreeForm sell exactly?

We sell prefinished, design-centric aluminum flat sheets and engineered panel systems for turnkey interior and exterior cladding applications. Using our signature pigment, ink, and resin system, we can achieve a variety of bespoke shades, textures, patterns, and tones to offer a custom, one-of-a-kind metal panel.

Can your finishes be used on exterior and interior applications?

Yes, our material is rated for both interior and exterior use with performance and sustainability in mind.

What types of applications can this material be used for?

This material can be used for a variety of architectural cladding applications, including the following:

Rain screens, facades, insulated or glazed-in applications, canopies, awnings, slab edges, column covers, soffits, interior walls, ceilings, baffles, millwork, backsplashes, signage, specialty roofs and doors. We do not recommend using this material for surfaces such as flooring or counter tops.

Do you sell only flat sheets or only panels?

We supply both. We fabricate our flat sheets to form a variety of wall and ceiling panel systems, offering a turnkey final product. We can also provide our prefinished material in flat sheet form to fabricating installers as needed. Our supply chain is smart and flexible to best support the needs of a specific project. See more on our supply chain here.

What size panels do you offer?

Our panels are formed from flat sheets sized 48” by up to 177”, with standard sheet size of 48” x 120”. We can fabricate large or small panels, depending on the application and needs of the design.

What gauge does your material come in?

Both flat sheets and panels range in thickness from 0.6mm (0.024”) to 3.0mm (0.12”) aluminum.

Does your material come with a warranty?

Yes, we offer a 20-year limited finish warranty.

Can I get samples of your material?

Yes. We offer free ground shipping in the US. For international shipments, we may require a FedEx or UPS shipping number. Order online. 

Are samples available in all gauges?

We do not produce all samples in all gauges. However, we can likely provide you with a sample in the requested gauge in addition to the finish sample if noted in your request.

What is the minimum sqft requirement to design a custom finish?

There is no minimum. However, we do not recommend custom finishes for applications less than 2,000 sqft due to the manufacturing costs.

How can I learn more about your products?

There are 2 easy ways to learn more about Pure + FreeForm products and processes. We offer an AIA and IDCEC approved CEU course that offers 1.0 HSW LU for attendees. Alternatively, we are happy to provide a brief, product knowledge session for interested individuals. Reach out to learn more about these opportunities or inquire about our presentation availability.

Performance and Sustainability

Is this material durable? How can a prefinished material be durable?

Yes, our products are all very durable. Our aluminum has the highest achievable quality rating for High Performance Exterior Finishes – AAMA 2605. Our signature pigment and ink system uses an FEVE resin in the coating, which is a next generation PVDF and the apex of high performing resins.

This material is prefinished, does it crack/craze during fabrication?

No, our material does not crack or craze when properly fabricated due to the flexibility of our topcoat resins. Our coatings have been successfully fabricated and installed for over 30 years.

How easy is your material to cut and fabricate?

Our prefinished aluminum flat sheets are easily fabricated into panel systems using standard industry methods.

How easy is it to install your systems?

Our systems are easy to install and generally follow industry standards.

Is this composite material/ACM? What are the sustainable benefits vs ACM?

No, we provide single-skin plate aluminum. It does not have a core and does not come on a backer, making it more sustainable than an ACM panel because there is no separating required to collect the used aluminum at the end of the product life cycle.

We believe in providing unprocessed, single skin material due to the numerous environmental benefits. See more on our commitment to sustainability here.

Does your material require a lot of maintenance?

No, it requires little to no maintenance. We recommend using a non-solvent based, non-abrasive neutral detergent with water to clean off any surface residue.

Product Lead Time and Availability

What’s the lead time on the material?

Stock material can be delivered to the fabrication site in as little as 2 weeks. For custom or factory orders, material will generally arrive in 8 – 10 weeks from the point of formal order with Pure + FreeForm. We always advise inquiring for specific lead times.

Can I purchase this material at a local distributor?

Material can be purchased directly through Pure + FreeForm.

How do you touch up this material? Do you provide touch up paint?

Scratches and raw edges can be touched up with matching paint from the manufacturer when available, and they are also commonly touched up using resins from a local paint supplier.

What is the installation cost?

We are the material suppliers and therefore do not set installation costs. We recommend asking for this information from the installer. We do not install.

Do you supply ceiling grid?

Yes, our ceilings are turnkey solutions with submittal drawings, grid, panels, and trim required.