Aluminium is becoming more popular due to its versatility, strength and environmental sustainability and for this reason, AV-DROP have invested heavily in ensuring that we offer the quality and service that you would expect from a global company.

 

What is aluminium?

Aluminium is the third most abundant element on earth behind oxygen and silicon. It accounts for roughly 8% of the earth’s crust and is produced from the aluminium ore – bauxite. It is a very popular metal due to some key characteristics including: 100% recyclable, high strength to weight ratio, easily machinable and formable and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity.

Aluminium is remarkable for its low density and its ability to resist corrotion through the phenomenon of passivation. Aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and important in trasportation and building industries, such as building facades and window frames.

 

Advantages of aluminium

The uptake of aluminium in the different industries is continually increasing largely because of its standout benefits, which include its simplicity to process and work with. Compared to other metals like iron and steel, aluminium is an extremely versatile metal with a number of advantages, it is recognised for being both lightweight and flexible. It can be cast, melted, formed, machined and extruded meaning that it can be manufactured into a variety of shapes and then subsequently fabricated to suit a whole variety of uses.

Due to its extreme versatility and strength, the use of Aluminium is becoming more popular, especially with the advantages it has to offer. Through the process of aluminium extrusion it can be supplied in ever more complex designs. This extrusion can be supplied in a variety of finishes including anodised, mill or painted and can then be further machined or fabricated.

Contrary to what most people think, aluminium is a 100% recyclable and during the recycling process, it retains all of its original properties. During production, it is more cost-effective to use recycled metal than prime metal out of the ground and so, during production, as much recycled material is used as possible.

Aluminium vs Wood

Is aluminum heavier than wood?

Aluminum is three times heavier than wood, but also three times stronger than wood. That’s why we can make hollow aluminum profiles and with this we lighten very much the weight being similar to that of wood.

 

Is Aluminium cheaper than wood?

Aluminium frames are generally cheaper than timber, saving you money at the outset and in the long run.

 

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