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Why opt for aluminum

The last 30 years, consumption of aluminum for use in construction activity in both our country and internationally, provides a steady and continuous increase, since the range of different uses that finds applications has broadened significantly. Today, aluminum is known for its use in the manufacture of curtain walls, doors and windows and other structures, which find application in the windows of shops to big superstructures for shopping centers and sports stadiums.This material is also used extensively for exterior glazing and roofing, and panel inserts for ventilation and heating systems, for prefabricated buildings, as well as greenhouses and atriums. Also, platforms, stairs, railings, are among other widely used applications of aluminum in the construction industry.

This important material owes its success in the building in a great number of advantages, among which include:

Aluminum products used in construction have a long shelf life and require very little - almost negligible - maintenance.

The great strength of the material combined with light weight, allowing architects to meet the requirements of specific requirements, while minimizing the loads on components of the structure.

Aluminum products for use in the building, made of alloy (containing small quantities, up 1.5% from other elements such as manganese, magnesium, silicon) have high strength, resistant to weathering, corrosion resistant and not retain all the characteristic properties for a long time.

This material provides engineers and architects great design flexibility. The process of extrusion (production profile) offers an endless variety of profile shapes and types. Also, aluminum can be cut, drilled to be curved, bonded to either construction or the construction site.

The aluminum can be painted anodiothei or so on one hand to satisfy the requirements of decorative designer, on the other hand to increase his physical strength and corrosion behavior, while providing a surface to be cleaned easily.

It is a good conductor of heat, but in some applications this can be a disadvantage. However, where required, this property can be overcome with proper design of the profile and using insulation "holiday", made of special materials. In this way aluminum can be used in manufacturing, for example, windows have great insulation.

Aluminum is practically no maintenance required other than normal cleaning element is translated into a large cost advantage in the life of the product.

Apart from the benefits due to the unique characteristics of properties, aluminum also offers significant environmental advantages, some of which are:

Aluminum products for the building can be fully recycled many times, saving energy and resources.

Although aluminum can be recycled many times, retains the original high quality features. For example, a data window can be recycled and again produced evidence for the construction of a new window or indeed for any other product manufacturing aluminum.

Features of aluminum products

Aluminum has certain specific features and properties that give it competitive advantages over other materials and make it the ideal material for building applications plistes. Some of these characteristics is the ratio of strength to weight, safety, strength, flexibility in design, thermal characteristics and more. In detail:

The relationship of strength to weight

The high ratio of strength of aluminum in weight, is one of the major advantages of the construction industry. The density of aluminum is 2.7, which means three times lower than the density of steel. With the proper krammatopoiisi can achieve desired levels of mechanical properties needed for their specific application. The data comparison of aluminum, they offer high strength and stiffness, making them particularly suitable for applications such as door frames and windows. The stiffness of the material ensures that while is fine, aluminum frames are stable under normal stresses. This is especially useful in high buildings where required stability of the facades of curtain walls and windows.

The aluminum facades have a constantly growing use for covering buildings. Such facades improve the appearance of buildings and increase their endurance. The great strength of aluminum in relation to its weight, is one of the properties makes it particularly suitable for coating applications. Moreover, the small weight of material, allows easy editing of the site, thus reducing the cost of transporting finished products.

The panels made of aluminum sheets with weight 2 to 3 Kg/m2 can be moved by hand, avoiding the use of heavy lifting. The aluminum panels, apart from the advantage of light weight, strength offer the same as those offered by other alternative materials. The high strength and light weight result in less strain on the support points.Thus, the dimensions of the carrier frame can be reduced. This is a particularly important advantage when high buildings facades.


The aluminum meets the requirements of architects for a strong and safe material. For example, aluminum as a metal does not burn and therefore the regulations fire behavior is classified as non-combustible material. The aluminum alloys melt at 650 ° C approximately (a temperature that is reached after a long stay in a fire). But this behavior is considered by experts as an advantage.The roofs of industrial buildings and external coatings are increasingly made of thin sheet aluminum, which can be designed to melt during a large fire. In this way, the building opens allowing the escape of smoke and heat, thus minimizing the temperature in the bearing frame while helping extinguish a fire. As a result, the carrier frame of the building can be saved by avoiding the need for reconstruction of the building from scratch or full demolition. At the same time, the fire, the aluminum panels do not emit dangerous gases of combustion.

When you need high security, specially designed aluminum frames for windows and doors providing protection in cases of explosions, shootings or burglaries. In these cases, the bulk of the glass is too large, the total weight of the construction remains low because of the use of aluminum frames and thus facilitate their functionality.


Aluminum products have long life. Around us we see ample evidence of resistance of the metal. Such well-known examples are: aluminum sheets placed prior to one hundred plus years in San Gioacchino church in Rome, the data were placed in aluminum Empire State in New York in 1935 (the first building that used anodized aluminum), or the statue of Eros for a century in the middle of the square, Piccadilly Circus, London. All these examples are in excellent condition today.

The aluminum does not absorb moisture, it swells, it shrinks, it cracks, it is aging as is the case with organic materials and does not require protection from ultraviolet radiation. Additionally, aluminum alloys (containing magnesium, manganese and silicon) combine high mechanical strength with effective resistance to weather and atmospheric effects on both industrial and marine environment. As a result, aluminum products in the construction industry have a long shelf life and require no maintenance other than a simple cleaning for aesthetic reasons.

Down under adverse environmental conditions, particularly in industrial areas, resistance to corrosion of aluminum is a very important attribute. This property also ensures long life in applications where different elements are not easy to control after the completion of the building. The natural resistance to corrosion of aluminum is done by quickly creating on the surface of a permanent and stable natural oxide layer of aluminum, achieving the inactivation of the material. Even if you scraped the oxide recreated immediately. The aluminum foils are also used to protect other building materials, such as the insulating panels. Since aluminum does not absorb moisture, aluminum foil paste in insulation materials protect against penetration of moisture. The thin and thick light weight aluminum sheets or panels, are also used on roofs and walls of industrial buildings.

The aluminum can be used either anodized or painted. The result is an attractive surface that can easily be cleaned with warm water and neutral detergent.

Flexibility in design

The aluminum provides engineers and architects great design flexibility. The extruded, for example, has the capability of producing a wide variety of profiles suitable for the production of finished products. The panels can also be produced in flat or curved form and used in the construction of tanks, silos, or cooling towers. The format can also be done on site using transportable equipment. The aluminum can be cut, drilled to be bonded either in construction or construction site.

Complex shapes can be achieved by extrusion, allowing designers to integrate various windows components, such as hinges, fixtures, improving insulation materials, glass, etc. This capability combined with high strength compared with the small weight result in the construction of windows systems with high quality standards.

The aluminum can suffer surface treatments to meet the special requirements of decorative applications. The most widely used methods for surface treatment of aluminum is anodized and painted. The surface treatments improve the physical strength of the material to corrosion and ensure a good connection with the base metal. There are a wide range of colors that can be achieved at high, medium or low gloss.

The anodizing includes applying a colored or not, thin oxide coating, through a process of electrolysis. The anodized aluminum surface is tough and durable, and durability over the expected life of the building where used. They also offer high corrosion resistance when the surfaces are smooth, easily cleanable.

Thermal characteristics

Aluminum products contribute significantly to energy savings, quality and safety of buildings when used in sheets on insulation materials.Like all metals, aluminum is heated easily. However, in applications such as window frames, can be used in specially designed profile to ensure high performance insulation. For example, the thermal profile of the modern aluminum windows made of three parts: an inner and an outer aluminum profile, which is inserted between a material with high strength, high stability in time and a high insulation factor. This intermediate material (polyamide) minimizes heat transfer would occur due to the high thermal conductivity of aluminum, minimizing heat loss and the appearance of condensation of water vapor.

The ecological benefits of aluminum


Without doubt, the aluminum is an ecological product. Apart from the extremely long life that have aluminum products used in construction, after the end of their life can either be reused or recycled without losing any of the special quality. The use of recycled aluminum, it also offers significant energy savings. The production of recycled aluminum requires only 5% of the energy required to produce the metal protochytou. Thus, aluminum, instead of contributing to the creation of waste, can be produced epanachytefthei and again new products for construction.

Generally, aluminum is recycled at a higher rate than all other materials. With the right infrastructure can recycle all aluminum products used in construction and there are many reasons to do this. First, there is available a relatively large amount of scrap aluminum. Second, the high price of scrap to significantly reduce the cost of demolition. Finally there is the required expertise for the collection and use of scrap, which is constantly growing. Today, about 40% of aluminum used worldwide comes from recycling.However, this does not give the true picture of the degree of recycling can be achieved, as the natural resistance of aluminum components that are integrated into buildings, making the material unavailable for recycling for many years from the time of placement.

Energy balance

If you look at the entire life cycle, from production of raw materials to the recycling of used parts, aluminum products used in building and construction activity in general have significant benefits in terms of saving resources and wealth. Studies done for various products, show that energy and environmental benefits from the use of aluminum products is important.

The lightweight material has resulted in energy savings in the process of mechanical processing, moving and handling. The use of lighter aluminum frames required for the construction of buildings.The aluminum profiles can be designed, so that fewer additional mechanical processes resulting in energy savings. The high corrosion resistance of the material, reduces maintenance requirements and prolongs product life. The reflectivity of the end material, thermal insulation offers significant advantages.