After iron, aluminium is now the second most widely used metal in the world. This is no surprise, as aluminium possesses the same favourable characteristics as steel and wrought iron, but without the high costs and complex manufacturing processes.
The following are some of the many benefits, to a homeowner/builder, in choosing aluminium for their balustrading;
Aluminium has a high corrosion and rust resistance and, therefore, is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, in all weather conditions.
It is a lightweight material with high strength, therefore lasts longer than timber or steel.
Aluminium is cheaper than steel or wrought iron, despite possessing the same strength and durability benefits.
It requires very little maintenance in both wet and dry conditions. There is no need to polish, varnish or paint aluminium balustrades.
Due to its malleability and ease of use, there is an extensive range of aluminium designs to choose from and it can be easily customised to your individual requirements.
Aluminium takes less time to construct, install, remove and replace, and therefore allows for shorter lead times.
Aluminium & Corrosion Resistance
Aluminium's corrosion resistance plays a vital role in its use for balustrading. When exposed to air aluminium forms a 1 nm thick layer of oxide which serves as a very effective corrosion protector for the metal in most environments.
This film protects it from the effects of corrosion and stops reactions with other substances, which is extremely beneficial for outdoor use. If damaged, the film immediately repairs itself once exposed to oxygen.
In contrast, oxidation of wrought iron can cause it to rust. Also, stainless steel isn't advisable for outdoor use if living near the coast, as oxidation can cause it to 'Tea-stain'. In this case, we recommend aluminium as an alternative, as it is easier to maintain.
Galvanic corrosion of aluminium only occurs where there is contact with a nobler metal while, at the same time, there is an electrolyte (with good conductivity) between the metals. Galvanic corrosion does not occur in dry atmospheres. Our first-hand experience endorses the recommendation of the Aluminium Association, which approves and recommends stainless steel (as well as HDG fasteners) for use with aluminium structures.
Aluminium's natural coating of aluminium oxide provides a highly effective barrier to the ravages of air, temperature, moisture and chemical attack, making it a useful construction material.
All ABS aluminium products are powdercoated by Powderline, who are an accredited powder coater and therefore, provide extensive warranties. Powder coating is a dry-finishing process whereby the metal is treated electrostatically with a dry powder to provide an extra protective barrier. The powder coat is available in a variety of different colours to suit your building/renovating needs.
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