There are few metals that offer a comparable combination of versatility and affordability to what aluminum offers. It is one of the most abundantly available non-ferrous metals on the planet and, although it is not directly available and must be extracted from bauxite, its prevalence in the 20th century has led to innumerable innovations that have made it an indispensable component for most countries.
The construction and construction industry is no exception. More famously, the Empire State Building was one of the first modern structures that relied heavily on aluminum, including its iconic needle. Now, aluminum is widely recognized as one of the most energy efficient and sustainable building materials available in the market.
What makes aluminum so value in construction?
There is a whole range of reasons why aluminum foam is just as suitable as construction material. One of the most important advantages of aluminum, regardless of the industry, is its high strength/weight ratio. In the construction of buildings, this feature has many specific advantages. For example, saf aluminum in the infrastructure of a building can support the weight of large glass bays, an important consideration in many modern office and skyscraper buildings. The ability to use both glasses allows more sunlight, which reduces lighting costs and at the same time saves on heating and air conditioning.
Another benefit of the use of aluminum foam is its air tightness. Cracks that can occur naturally in the materials of window frames are a major source of air leaks, which can increase the heating and cooling load of buildings. Aluminum is known for its airtightness and does not suffer the same deterioration that affects materials such as steel and wood. For example, in the 1990s, the steel frames of the Empire State Building were replaced by new aluminum frames to help increase the energy efficiency of the landmark.
This leads to the next big advantage of aluminum over rival materials, which is its durability. Aluminum is known for its high resistance to corrosion. Anodized aluminum is highly responsive to polishing and is incredibly durable, an important consideration for the construction industry since long-term maintenance costs will be much lower than comparable materials. Aluminum is also not susceptible to weather conditions and can resist extremely well in both humid and dry climates and it does not become brittle at low temperatures either. Cymat Technologies is a pioneer in this field which is dedicated to providing aluminum foam at reasonable rates.
Due to the receptivity of the aluminum to polishing, it is possible to obtain a smooth and shiny finish that is aesthetically pleasing. Aluminum can also take any color after the anodizing process by immersing it in a bath of warm coloring agents, which makes it a favorite for designers. In fact, one of the first uses of aluminum in the construction process was for decorative purposes.
Due to its versatility and lightweight, aluminum is also much easier to work with than most other materials. This leads to a lot of cost savings during the construction process. Aluminum alloys can be welded, fused, forged, extruded or laminated, which means that aluminum can be found throughout the building, from its main support structure to decorative elements and electrical accessories. Another additional benefit is that due to its lightweight, it is easier to transport, a major cost factor during construction.