When considering starting a construction project, aluminum should be at the top of your list of materials. This versatile material serves many purposes, the most notable being its functional, aesthetic and ecological purposes, which prove to be extremely useful in construction.
1. Aluminum Provides Endless Function
Aluminum extrusions can be made to fit any project no matter the size or specification through a process where a cross section is designed and then pushed through a die. Almost all sizes and shapes can be fabricated to any specification, which makes them an integral element in the manufacturing of machinery, products and structural frames.
Because of aluminum’s versatility, it can take on many forms in almost all areas of building construction, including:
- And others
Rolled and extruded aluminum are commonly used for window frames, roof superstructures for shopping centers, as well as roofing and siding.
Aluminum’s structural strength is one of its greatest benefits in construction application. The strength of aluminum is comparable to that of steel, but weighs just a third of it.
Never compromise the quality of the metal you use to comply with your project’s weight specification; with aluminum extrusions you can deliver a better finished product without the excess weight of steel on your foundation.
Resistance to Corrosion
Aluminum’s resistance to corrosion is another reason why the material is optimal for construction applications. The alloys that make up aluminum building products are:
- Immune to the damaging effects of UV rays
These properties ensure longevity when using aluminum in construction.
2. Aluminum Enhances Aesthetics and Design
Incorporate Design Features
Extruded aluminum grants the possibility to incorporate design features in varying applications in construction. For example, grooves and other complex shapes can be made in windows to enhance its design. Almost any design feature can be added to a project due the flexibility offered by the aluminum extrusion process.
Surface Finish Flexibility
Aluminum’s surface can be finished to beautify the material used in a construction project. To ensure a good bond with the surface finish, the aluminum is pretreated to enhance the material’s corrosion resistance.
Anodizing and painting are the most common finishes used on aluminum surfaces. It can also be finished to meet the decorative requirements of the application.
3. Aluminum is Ecological
Aluminum is considered one of the most energy efficient and sustainable materials used in construction. In fact, aluminum-intensive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED-certified buildings have won awards for Platinum, Gold and Best-in-State sustainability across the country.
Reusability and Recyclability
Aluminum’s reusability and recyclability is becoming more important when used in construction applications, as building owners choose deconstruction over demolition of buildings. Choosing the deconstruction route is optimal since it is possible to extract all recyclable materials, which can keep the material’s scrap value, reducing the environmental impact and costs of dumping in a landfill.
The metals you choose have lasting impact on the strength, longevity and quality of your finished construction project. Aluminum extrusions have been fabricated, processed and delivered by American Douglas Metals since 1976. We can produce custom aluminum extrusions to meet precise specifications, including cut-to-length and wide rectangular or wide round extrusions. Additionally, we offer a variety of fabrication, processing and finishing for metals such as aluminum, steel and brass at all of our locations.
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