Aluminium is a core engineering material that allows for a limitless number of structures to be built. It is a light material that contains alloys, which possess a superior strength to weight ratio than steel. Aluminium offers a specific gravity of 2.7, while the mass and weight is only 35% of iron and 30% of copper.
As one of the core building materials in projects, engineers will often use it because it is cost effective to transport. At the same time it is also one of the most resistant metals to corrosion. That makes it virtually maintenance free, and perhaps one of the most viable solutions for a long term structure that is being designed.
Considered one of the most eco-friendly core engineering materials, it uses minimal energy and resources during construction. While the most common of the building materials for modular homes, it is also found in other projects including:
- Curtain walls on high rises
- Dome roofs
- Highway signs
- Portable buildings
- Water towers
Aluminium cladding that has been insulated is also thermally efficient. When used in a structure, it helps to keep the building cooler in the hotter months and warmer in the coldest months. Properly insulated aluminium cladding has been shown to be as effective as 4” of brick and 10” of stone.