Aluminum - Metal of the Future
Aluminum is the second most commonly used metal in the world, next to steel of course. The reason is that aluminum has a unique combination of properties that make it ideal for building projects. Low weight, high strength, excellent malleability, easy fabrication and superior corrosion resistance.
Aluminum is very often and very easily recycled, making our goal of green building products for the future, a little bit easier.
- Non-magnetic material
- Corrosion resistance:
- Zero toxicity
Aluminum is light with a density one third that of steel.
Aluminum alloys have a great strength to weight ratio that is superior to many other alloys. Unlike most grades of steel, aluminum does not become brittle at lower temperatures. Instead, aluminum increases in strength at low temperatures, an attribute very unique to aluminum.
Aluminum is a non-magnetic (actually paramagnetic) material.
Aluminum is easily modified using most machining methods; milling, drilling, cutting, punching, bending, etc. The energy input during machining is lower than other alloys, making aluminum even "greener".
Aluminum reacts with oxygen in our air to form an extremely thin later of oxide. This thin later is highly dense and provides excellent corrosion protection.
Aluminum has superior malleability to other alloys, an essential for extruded metal. Either hot or cold in temperature, aluminums malleability allows for easy roll forming and bending.
Aluminum is the third most common element found in the earths crust, after oxygen and silicon.