Aluminium is used for many different construction purposes. The top reason that contractors opt for aluminium is because of its flexibility, long life, resistance to corrosion, light weight, strength, conductivity, affordability and weather resistance.
Because aluminium is flexible, it can be shaped into different forms to suit specific building applications. Aluminium doors and windows can be made to fit various building styles and sizes.
There is no shortage of aluminium, therefore, the price is low compared to other metals. Higher priced materials, such as copper, are prone to being stolen, therefore, contractors are opting for aluminium.
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Aluminium’s Electrical Use
Aluminium is one of the most common earth elements. Because it is easily found in the earth, it is cheaper than other elements, even though it has so many advantages.
Aluminium is even replacing some of the copper in wiring. Although aluminium is only half as conductive as copper, it is much lighter. Thus, wiring with aluminium works out cheaper as report structures do not have to be built to support as much weight.
Aluminium’s Fire Resistance Properties
Aluminium, unlike other certain metals, is non-combustible. This means that, paired with aluminium’s light weight, it is the perfect material for supported or suspended structures, such as ceilings and roofs. Heavier materials can often cause structures to collapse as a result of too much weight.
Aluminium’s melting point is at 650 degrees, therefore, most serious fires will not affect the material. Also, even if a flame hotter than 650 degrees melts the material, it will not emit any toxic fumes.
Aluminium’s Environmental Benefits
Aluminium reduces CO2 emissions in the construction industry as is takes less energy to mine, extrude, manufacture and transport than other metals. It has great insulation properties, which means that when a building uses aluminium, less energy is needed to regulate the temperature in a building.
Aluminium requires minimum maintenance and is recyclable. Almost 40% of new aluminium products are comprised of recycled metal.