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3 Reasons Aluminum is Building America

empirestatebuildingThe first major use of aluminum was in the construction of the Empire State Building in the 1930’s. Since then, aluminum has been recognized as both an energy efficient and sustainable building material, with 25 percent of all aluminum produced used in construction.

Here are three reasons why this versatile and strong material has become a building essential.

1. It’s Sustainable

In today’s aluminum building materials, the estimated recycled content is between 50 and 85 percent. Buildings at the end of life-cycles can have aluminum components recycled to reduce the impact on the environment. Aluminum is one of the few materials that can be recycled an infinite number of times with no change in strength or durability.

Aluminum is also extremely reflective, reflecting back 95 percent of light and reducing cooling costs. The inclusion of aluminum makes solar cells more efficient. In fact, including aluminum in structures helps building projects qualify for LEED green building status.

2. It’s Efficient

In a world where buildings are getting taller, aluminum is a material that reduces weight. Modern skyscrapers would not be possible without aluminum. An aluminum extrusion is half the weight of a steel extrusion of the same stiffness and is less likely to fracture under pressure. Structures made with aluminum are 35 to 65 percent lighter than steel structures and significantly lighter than those made with reinforced concrete.

Despite its lightness, aluminum is also strong. Aluminum extrusions can very easily support the weight of large glass spans, allowing more natural light to shine into
buildings. Aluminum’s durability means it can serve its purpose for decades, reducing replacement costs, so a building utilizing aluminum is strong, easier to construct, lightweight and less expensive.

3. It’s Resistant

Aluminum building materials are weatherproof, corrosion resistant and immune to UV rays. Aluminum maintains its properties in both hot and cold weather and protects buildings from cold temperatures up to four times better than 10-centimeter-thick brick. Over the years, aluminum has become a popular material for outdoor building components because of its resistance to the effects of nature.

As a result of its light weight, strength, resistance and uses in energy efficiency, aluminum has become one of the world’s favorite modern building materials.

Click here to learn how you can include American Douglas Metal’s aluminum extrusion solutions in your next building project and receive a FREE project quote.

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3 Advantages of Using Aluminum in Construction

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

Versatility

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:

  • Structural
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • And others

Rolled and extruded aluminum are commonly used for window frames, roof superstructures for shopping centers, as well as roofing and siding.

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Structural Strength

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:

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Weather-proof
  • 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.

adm2Surface 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

Energy Efficiency

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.

 

Click here to learn more about American Douglas Metals’ custom aluminum extrusion solutions and get a FREE quote on your next project.

 


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3 Key Benefits of Using Aluminum Extrusions

Project managers face countless decisions in the process of building construction. One of the most important decisions to ensuring a structure’s quality and strength is the choice of metals used. If you are choosing between aluminum, steel or a specialty metal building materials you should consider these three key benefits to utilizing aluminum extrusions.

IMG_94401. Versatile Customization of Design

The biggest benefit of aluminum extrusions is versatility. No matter the project size or specification, there is an extrusion that can meet your job’s need.

Custom aluminum extrusions are an integral element in the manufacturing of machinery, products and structural frames. Through a process where a cross section is designed and then pushed through a die, aluminum extrusion profiles can be fabricated using specific tolerances, sizes and shapes defined by your project needs.

2. Favorable Strength to Weight Ratio

Aluminum is often a preferred building material because of the balance of these two main attributes:

  • Its strength is comparable to that of steel
  • Its weight is 1/3 than that of steel

When using aluminum extrusion, the metal’s high quality of strength remains intact, but its weight is minimized even further due to the extrusion process. You no longer have to compromise the quality of the metal you use to comply with your project’s weight specifications. With aluminum extrusions you can deliver a better finished product without the excess weight of steel on your foundation.

3. Excellent Conductor for Heating and Cooling

Sensitivity to temperature needs to be considered when choosing the metal you use. Depending on your project type, it may be essential that your materials are good conductors of heat or cold. For optimal heating and cooling ability, copper is a top choice. However, it is incredibly expensive. Many projects lack the budget for copper and need a less costly alternative that can still perform, which is where aluminum extrusions come in.

The properties of extruded aluminum enable it to conduct both hot and cold temperatures. This makes it an ideal, cost-saving solution for use in:

  • Radiators
  • Air conditioning units
  • Walk-in refrigerators
  • Ovens
  • And more

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.

Click here to learn more about American Douglas Metals’ custom aluminum extrusion solutions and get a FREE quote on your next project.

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Forerunner in Metal Processing Launches New Site for Eager Consumers

American Douslas Metals new microsite offers instant reference for customers that are seeking to make a decision based on benefits and advantages of working with an aluminum extrusions supplier.

ADM’s microsite features detailed information on the specific benefits of using its aluminum extrusion services, offering solutions that connect with the target market.

In Response to Increasing Demands for Aluminum Extrusions, American Douglas Metals Introduces a New, Targeted Microsite

Orlando, Fla. – American Douglas Metals (ADM), a leader in metal distribution, processing and fabrication for commercial and industrial applications, is investing in a new microsite to display the wide range of features provided by their recently updated aluminum extrusions division.

As the industrial and manufacturing industries continue to grow, the need for durable and customized aluminum products is escalating rapidly, further becoming an integral component in the specifications for architecture, development and construction projects.

To monetize demand, ADM has created a system to capture interest at the precise moment when it is manifested and launched the specialized, user-friendly microsite to feature content exclusive to their aluminum extrusion products.

With the recent addition of a miter saw and drill press to ADM’s Orlando facility to miter cut, drill, mill and tap extrusions, timing is optimal to launch the new microsite, providing specialized information about ADM’s dedication and expertise in this area.

ADM’s microsite features detailed information on the specific benefits of using its aluminum extrusion services, offering solutions that connect with the target market.

“Custom aluminum extrusion sales are an integral division of American Douglas Metals and we are eager to launch a site geared specifically for these products,” says Jeff Raimonde, Vice President of Marketing for American Douglas Metals. “They are user-friendly and easy to navigate, providing faster and more targeted information for our consumers who procure aluminum extrusion profiles and fabrication.”

The new microsite offers instant reference for customers that are seeking to make a decision based on benefits and advantages of working with an aluminum extrusions supplier.

Raimonde adds: “Our reputation in taking care of customers begins at the first point of contact, thus ensuring that they are supported every step of the way in the purchase process.”

 

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Leading Metal Processing Company Invests in New Technology to Meet Consumer Demands

American Douglas Metals’ State-of-the-Art CNC Machining Center to Exceed Industry Standards

(Orlando, FLORIDA) — American Douglas Metals (ADM), a leader in metal distribution, processing and fabrication for commercial and industrial applications, is investing in efficiency-enhancing technology to create a competitive advantage in the worldwide demand for quality metal.

A leader in fabricated aluminum extrusions, ADM has made an investment in technology through the purchase of a four axis Tekna CNC Machining Center—allowing for the fabrication of aluminum extrusions in sizes that cannot be housed by the preceding three axis version.

Allowing for fabrication on more than one surface on materials at a time, ADM’s new CNC Machining Center results in less wasted time and effort during the production process—making for a smooth production process through increased efficiency.

“It is important to us at American Douglas Metals to stay on top of industry technology with investments in machinery,” says Vice President Marketing of ADM, Jeff Raimonde. “Increasing efficiency in our facilities is top priority to continually enhance our customer’s experience through our quality products, timely delivery and competitive prices.”

Offering more accurate and effective fabrication solutions, ADM works to improve its production processes while maintaining its core ideals of timely delivery and quality products to industry partners.

At a time when most metal manufacturers have opted for a frugal strategy, ADM has been an industry leader by expanding its product lines and offerings on a regular basis—keeping in mind the best interests of its valued customers to ensure satisfaction throughout its manufacturers around the country.

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ITA Fact Sheet on Prelim AD Rates for Aluminum Extrusions from China

The International Trade Administration has issued a fact sheet announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of aluminum extrusions from China (A-570-967).

As a result of this final AD determination, the ITA will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect an AD duty cash deposit or bond on imports of aluminum extrusions from China based on the preliminary AD duty margin below, upon publication in the Federal Register, adjusted for any export subsidies, as appropriate, that were found in the companion countervailing duty investigation.

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Prelim AD Margin of 59.31%, One Entity’s Cash Deposit Rate Adjusted

The ITA has determined that Chinese producers/exporters have sold aluminum extrusions in the U.S. at less than fair value, finding an AD duty margin of 59.31%.

Mandatory respondent Guang Ya Aluminum Industries Co., Ltd., Foshan Guangcheng Aluminum Co., Ltd., Guang Ya Aluminum Industries (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Kong Ah International Company Limited (collectively, Guang Ya Group); Zhaoqing New Zhongya Aluminum Co., Ltd., Zhongya Shaped Aluminum HK Holding Ltd, and Karlton Aluminum Company Ltd. (collectively, New Zhongya) and Xinya Aluminum & Stainless Steel Product Co., Ltd. (Xinya), all three referred to as Guang Ya Group/New Zhongya/Xinya, have been collapsed for purposes of the preliminary determination and collectively will be assigned the single AD margin of 59.31%.

However, Guang Ya Group/New Zhongya/Xinya will have a preliminary AD duty cash deposit/bond rate of 59.07%, due to an adjustment for export subsidies found in the companion CV duty investigation.

Twenty-nine additional Chinese producers/exporters qualified for a separate AD duty cash deposit/bond rate of 59.31%.

All other Chinese producers/exporters will be subject to the China-wide entity’s preliminary AD duty cash deposit/bond rate of 59.31% (including Zhaoqing Asia Aluminum Factory Co. Ltd. (ZAA)).

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