Aluminium is one of the most readily available and sustainable materials used in construction today. Extracted from bauxite, smelted into ingots which can then be formed into almost any shape makes aluminium an ideal material to use in numerous products and packing – from cans and cars to construction materials like gutters, fascias and soffits.

View our product ranges to see how aluminium gutters, downpipes, fascias, soffits, copings, cappings and bespoke aluminium fabrications can enhance the look of your project.

The below graphic shows the various stages of producing and recycling aluminium.

Recycling and Sustainability

  • Aluminium can be infinitely recycled, losing less than 3% of its material properties during the recycling process.
  • Recycling uses 95% less energy than the extraction process and 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today.
  • 92-98% of aluminium from building demolition is recycled.
  • A durable long lasting material that once it reaches the end of its very long useful life, can be recycled.

Properties of Aluminium

Durable
Aluminium building products are made from alloys which are weather-proof, corrosion-resistant and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring optimal performance over a very long serviceable lifetime.

High Strength to Weight Ratio
Allows architects to meet required performance specifications, whilst minimising the dead load on buildings supporting structures.  Aluminium’s light weight makes it easier to transport and handle on site, reducing the risk of work-related injury.

Fire Safety
Aluminium does not burn and is therefore classed as a non-combustible construction material.  Although aluminium will melt at temperatures in excess of 650°C, aluminium will not release harmful gasses.

Low Maintenance
Neither bare nor painted aluminium requires any maintenance, which translates to a major cost saving over the lifetime of the product.  Coated aluminium may need to be recoated at a later date.

 

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