Aluminum Construction Materials Aren’t Just For Modern Designs

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The use of aluminum in construction is popular because the material is energy efficient and affordable. The aesthetics of aluminum is another one of the major reasons that people opt to implement the material into their new homes. Aluminum is sleek and futuristic looking, making it perfect for modern designs.

Don’t be misconstrued however, because aluminum definitely has a place in retrofit builds and renovations of historic homes. Do you have to be careful how to integrate it as to not lose any of the historic luster of something like hardwood floors or cabinets? Of course, but with the right design aluminum can provide a great contrast (as well as an energy efficiency boost) in homes 50-100+ years old.

A Huge Variety of Colors Available

The aluminum manufacturing process have improved tremendously over the past couple decades. While you might assume you’re stuck with the familiar silver hue of aluminum in your project, you can now choose from a variety of baked on colors. This is especially beneficial in windows, doors, and some other exterior products. A shade such as a dark green or a light brown look perfect on the exteriors of traditional style homes. Curb appeal and aesthetics was one of the main reasons for avoiding aluminum construction materials on historic homes – not anymore.

Affordable for Larger Scale Renovations

Aluminum is lightweight and relatively easy to source. When you have a commercial historic building that may need 80-100 new windows or more, aluminum may be the only construction material that fits under budget. Being lightweight helps to reduce labor costs as well as workers can install the products faster and more efficiently. Being able to source aluminum easily helps lower material costs to keep project costs low.

Noise Abatement Over Vinyl Windows

Historic homes and other buildings were built to stay standing – not necessarily for energy efficiency and being soundproof, etc. Compared to vinyl, it’s closest competitor for windows at least, aluminum offers superior noise abatement and better thermal properties too.

Custom Designs Very Much Possible

Another thing old builders never had to consider was standard sizes or building codes. Many buildings are outfitted with all sorts of features that look like the dimensions were pulled out of a hat. Not only are custom sizes very easy to achieve with aluminum construction materials, but so are unconventional designs with multiple sides and varying angles, etc.

Fireproof

The conventional route to historic home renovations is to go with wood wherever possible. Wood is feasible, but it is also very expensive and requires constant maintenance. Something else about wood is the fact that it’s flammable, something aluminum is not. Obviously if an old building has lasted this long, the HVAC system, electrical, ventilation, and any other fire risks are in fine working order – but it never hurts to be extra safe.

Aluminum is definitely a possibility when it comes to your renovation projects. Sometimes you need to think outside the box when it comes to integrating aluminum and modern designs but with the right touch you’ll achieve the perfect retro blend.

Aluminum – the Future of Construction Infrastructure – Or the Now?

To those outside the construction industry, building with aluminum might seem like one of the unsafest things in the world. After all, who wants to erect a home or a building that is going to crush like a soda can, right? The truth is industrial-grade aluminum is one of the most ‘go-to’ materials in the industry. As building demands soar, that popularity seems to be only on the rise. Here are some of the reasons why:

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Aluminum Already #2 Metal

Besides steel, aluminum is already the second most procured metal building material. Aluminum products are found in commercial buildings, but also residential housing as well. Aluminum is very versatile and can be manufactured to a number of different strengths, capabilities, and other features.

Aluminum is Used in a Wide Array

Almost everybody has heard of the popularity of aluminum windows. With due note as well because the products are affordable, lightweight, easy to install, and have some thermal advantages over vinyl. Aluminum is also found in the construction industry in roofing, cladding, curtain walls, in structural glazing and in many interior components associated with the furnace, air conditioner, solar heating, etc.

Aluminum Has Ecological Advantages

Part of the reason aluminum is affordable as a construction material is because it is very sustainable – specifically, recyclable. In many modern construction projects the urge to ‘go green’ is a very important part of the design. Timber is very sustainable, but how recyclable is it really? Aluminum can be smelted and reused for years upon years at a much longer life span. Plus, using the somewhat thermally resistant aluminum in a build helps lower energy consumption compared to other products in the industry.

Aluminum is Stronger Than You Think

Properly manufactured aluminum will in no way crumble like a soda can. In fact, aluminum has a greater elastic property than steel which helps it achieve weight rations of 1:2 and higher. This doesn’t mean that aluminum is necessarily stronger than steel outright, but at a weight 66% lighter than steel it technically ‘does more with less’.

Aluminum is Durable

If there’s a strong hail storm you might experience some damage on your aluminum windows, doors, or gutters. There are different definitions of durability however. For example, aluminum is resistant to expansion and contraction which means doors and windows will not stick or rot. The alloys that make up aluminum construction products also help them create a layer of invincibility resistant against corrosion and other weather events. UV rays do not wear exterior aluminum building products either.

Other Aluminum Intangibles

A natural aluminum finish is reflective, which helps those features to provide a natural light in a room when the sun’s rays bounce off it. Aluminum does not burn either which is great for use in both internal and external home and commercial building features. Aluminum can also be surface coated in a number of different finishes, which can give products customizable properties for use in various elements and situations.

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