Guide to Buying Aluminium
Building with metal is great – it’s strong, flexible and looks impressive. While starting a metal project, the first step would be to decide which form of material would fit best. In most ventures and designs, steel, stainless steel, aluminium and copper have a wide variety of properties that are readily available at a fair price. Metals are known to have four properties: ductility / formability (the ability to draw metal into different shapes), weldability (the ease of welding a material), machinability (the ability to cut metal with a blade) and tensile strength (the amount of force that needs to be exerted to snap a metal). While choosing a metal for a project, these properties have to be taken into consideration, as the type of metal used in a project has to be the primary deciding factor.
In recent times, aluminium has emerged as one of the most materials to be used for design and building. People have started to opt for aluminium over other metals due to their elegant yet simple appearance and high durability and low maintenance.
- Durability: Aluminium is known to have a high durability quotient. It is highly resistant to corrosion and does not rust. It is also weather resistant, meaning it can easily withstand harsh weather conditions. Aluminium preserves its qualities and beauty throughout its lifespan. They do not get discolored; neither do they warp or rust, ensuring that you get a decent return on your investment. Besides being durable, they are also lightweight.
- Strength: One of the best features of aluminium is that it is a strong metal. It has a very high strength to weight ratio and this makes it very difficult to make a dent on it.
- Easy to maintain: Aluminium is practically maintenance free. Routine checks and very minimal cleaning are all that is needed to make aluminium look good as new.
- Recyclable: An easy eco-conscious choice to make is by choosing aluminium. It is a non-toxic metal and 100% recyclable material. According to industry experts, aluminum recycling accounts for only 5% of the initial energy used during the production process. This makes aluminium a sustainable and an environmentally friendly metal.
- Thermally efficient: Aluminum has excellent heat and electricity conducting properties. The physical property is very in heat exchangers to heat or cool the working environment.
In short, aluminum is more practical than any other metal for the following reasons:
- Lightweight and versatile but also durable
- Resilient to corrosion, warping and long lasting metal
- Almost completely maintenance free
- 100% recyclable material
- Thermally efficient
Due to each of these factors, aluminium has been used in a surprisingly wide variety of commercial goods. Aside from being sleek and versatile, it is also infinitely recyclable, gives the best value for money and forms part of the world’s fundamental infrastructure in use today. Let’s close with these famous and thought-provoking words by the recently deceased Writer & Educator Mr. William J Rourke, “Aluminium has been called the sustainability nutrient of the world, and for good reason. Consider that 75% of all the aluminium made since 1886 is still in use.”