The future is here. And its aluminium.March 1, 2022
What makes aluminium a perfect material for modern construction?
When it was first discovered, aluminium was, pound for pound, more valuable than gold. But since industrial production of aluminium began in the 19th century, it has been used extensively in construction and industry, prized for its superb weight / strength ratio. In the 21st century it’s become an archetype of modern architectural design.
But what makes it so perfect for modern architecture projects?
- Because it is so light weight yet strong it can be used to create large structures like long span roofs that rely on its high mechanical strength to create contemporary structures that push the boundaries of modern architectural design.
- Malleable: because it is so malleable, aluminium can be formed onto almost any shape so that bespoke designs, like circular angled designs, can be created as bespoke one offs at our manufacturing facility in Leicester.
- Energy efficient: aluminium reflects heat and light making it ideal for facades and structures that can reduce the need for air conditioning and heating, saving energy organically. Both of these features enable the attainment of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), accreditations for the future of green buildings and circular architecture.
- Sustainable: As one of the most widely available elements in the world aluminium is the perfect material for today’s circular construction cycle: it can be easily and efficiently 100% recycled over and over once it reaches the end of its useful life with no loss of properties. Of course, the real cost savings are seen over the whole life of any product, from cradle to grave. While PVC building products need to be discarded after 15-20 years, aluminium is still going strong with very little maintenance.
- Beautiful: with an infinitely varied colours and finishes when coated, aluminium can even mimic other less hard wearing metals. When raw aluminium anodises it creates a timelessly modern finish that is durable and corrosion, UV, and fire resistant.Aluminium is the ultimate material for architectural projects. To find out how we can help bring a project to life with our wide range of aluminium guttering, fascias, soffits, copings, and architectural cladding, call us on 0116 289 4400