Aluminum, what is it?

Aluminum

What is it?

Aluminum is a silvery-white metal that makes up 8% of Earth’s core mass. It is the 3rd most common chemical element on our planet after oxygen and silicon.

It is:

Lightweight; almost 3x lighter than iron

Durable; almost as strong as steel

Malleable; easily processed using pressure when it’s hot or cold

Fire-resistant; doesn’t require any special paint and not toxic like plastic

Corrosion-resistant; surface is always covered in an extremely thin and yet very strong layer of oxide film

Does not magnetize

Uses?

Aluminum is found in numerous objects that we use daily:

Cars

Refrigerators

Kitchenware

Power lines

Computers

Furniture

Aircraft

Food/ drink packaging

 

Aluminum on a roof

Aluminum is also used for Metal roofing and is among the premium choices along with more expensive option like copper and zinc.

Some advantages of having an aluminum metal roof are:

50 year + life span

Its very formable state makes it easy for an installer to work with on site

Offers superior corrosion resistance compared to other roofing options, which makes it a better choice for coastal applications

Usually the lightest option for metal roofing; strength-to-weight ratio is among the highest of the more common metals

stores less amount of heat, so it cools off quickly once it stops receiving sunlight