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Using aluminium in home building

Posted on 24. Jul, 2013 by in Construction

Aluminium is one of those great modern materials. We have pushed it, bent it, manipulated it, and turned it into something much bigger and stringer and more versatile than it was when we found it. Human technology has been applied over and over again to make aluminium one of the most-used materials going around. Aluminium is a bit like plastic. We rely so heavily upon it that going through a whole day without touching it or using it is virtually impossible. Set yourself a challenge: how many things in your home or workplace that you need to carry out your day-to-day doings are aluminium? The great thing about this is that aluminium is safe for human use in consumption is a way that other conveniently cheap and abundant materials used in the past have not been (ahem, asbestos). If you are building or renovating and you’re looking for a problem-solving solution, industrial aluminium cut to size might be the thing you need. Here are some of aluminium’s great qualities: It is heat conductive, fire safe, has a great strength-to-weight ration, it’s reflective, low maintenance, and flexible. In this growing trend and desire for sustainable and low-carbon production, aluminium is one of the few widely-used materials that is standing its ground. Anyone who works in construction, or who has had to build or renovate a house recently will be well-aware of all of the heavy and strict government regulations on building, and the impact of building on the environment. Like it or not, any one building these days has to think a lot about how their activites will impact on the environment. Aluminium recycling, or a thing like an aluminium frame through your house, could make all the difference in this regard.

 

Aluminium, being light and still very strong, can be adapted to so many uses in the home. It’s a wonderful fix-all for finnicky little things like lining, plugging, sheeting and protective layers. In that sense, it can be used the same way as vinyl can. Although it is an alloyed metal and has the appearance thereof, it can be adapted (to a certain extent) to any aesthetic that you need. That doesn’t mean that you can expect to use aluminium in your window pane and expect it to match the hundred-year-old period Victorian set that you have downstairs, but it certainly can used in ways that you wouldn’t expect. Many times I’ve been tricked by disguised aluminium. Here is a non-exhaustive list of uses for aluminium in your home renovation or your home construction:

 

  • Window panes
  • Door knobs
  • Fittings
  • Door frames
  • Scaffold frames (in the actual construction process, these are the best)
  • Fly Screens
  • Glazing
  • Cool rooms
  • Tubes
  • Louvre
  • Ceiling systems
  • Doors
  • Elevator cabs
  • Floors
  • Furniture
  • Partition walls
  • Venetian blinds
  • Guttering
  • Solar panels
  • Shading devices
  • Garage doors
  • Chimneys
  • Framing
  • Roofing or tiles
  • Doming
  • Sunrooms

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