Doing an outdoor project and wondering what types of materials to use? It might be beneficial for you to start looking at aluminum if at all possible! Aluminum is a very versatile material that can be used for all sorts of outdoor structures includes pergolas, framing systems, carports, outdoor foyers and much more.
- Unlike steel, aluminum is very malleable. If you need certain accents or bends in the material, it’s much easier to warm it up and them than it is with something harder like steel.
- Durability is always an issue when building an outdoor structure. However, durability is based on a weight versus strength ratio and aluminum is considered to have the best weight versus strength ration than almost any other material out there. Aluminum is lightweight, yes, but it’s also very sturdy. It’s one of the biggest reasons that this material is used in cars and trucks as well as airplanes.
- Unlike other materials like wood that can rot or other metals that can corrode and in turn make the structure unstable, aluminum oxide is beneficial to aluminum because it creates a sort of protective barrier over the material. This protective barrier is resistant to rust and corrosion which makes it an ideal choice for almost any climate; hot or cold, rain or shine.
- Since aluminum is known for being one of the most widely found and common materials on earth, next to wood, it’s also very cost efficient. Not only is this beneficial for public businesses like schools, churches and parks, but it’s also beneficial for people that are homeowners that want to build an outdoor structure, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on the project.