Trends in Aluminium Architecture
Aluminium got its name from Alum, a salt of Aluminium which was used extensively in ancient times. It was used widely in the paper-pulp industry, leather industry, and for medical purposes. Aluminium is a highly reactive metal and never found in its pure form in nature. After long years of experiments by a German chemist named Friedrich Woehler, Aluminium was finally discovered in 1845. The discovered metal was similar in properties with silver but was lighter in weight. By the end of the 19th century, the production and industrial use of Aluminium achieved greater heights, making the clay silver a favourite industrial metal. Aluminium Fabrication companies entered the scene even after a couple of years. Today, this winged metal is the favourite choice of architects due to its different intrinsic and environmental properties. Earlier, in the 19th century, the use of Aluminium in construction was limited to decorative purposes due to high price and limited availability. By the mid 20th century, the metal was used widely in panels, roofing, window spandrels, elevator doors etc. Presently Aluminium alloys are used extensively in external facades to interior design applications. Let us discuss in detail about the brilliant applications of Aluminium and its alloys in the construction industry. Green building Aluminium is called green metal due to its low carbon footprint. Aluminium is 100% recyclable without losing any of its properties, and about 95 % of the energy is saved by recycling Aluminium when compared to extracting it from its ore. Aluminium has excellent insulating properties, and so using this metal increases the energy efficiency of the building. They reflect radiant energy and keep space colder than outside in summer; in winter, the metal doesn't allow the heat from inside to escape out. Corrosion-resistant finishes The self-protecting nature of Aluminum gives it the anti-corrosive property. When exposed to the atmosphere, a thin layer of oxide is formed, which prevents the metal from further oxidation. This anti-corrosive nature reduces the need for maintenance and thus provides economic benefits. Interior design applications Aluminium is used in furniture, display cabinets, mirrors, interior art pieces, in garden furniture, wall panels, frames, floating ceilings and many more interior elements. The metal is a designer's favourite choice due to its finishing and versatile nature that can materialise their creativity. Aluminium elements are lightweight, providing a sleek appearance with improved aesthetic beauty. Aluminium is widely used in all kinds of mirrors to enhance its reflectivity. The metal is used for creating robust and lightweight art pieces of immense beauty. Innovative Aluminium roofing designs Aluminium in its purest form is a weak metal, but as an alloy, it is the most robust and most durable metal. Aluminium alloys are used in the production of corrosive resistant, long-lasting, lightweight roofing solutions. Low installation is an added advantage of using Aluminium for roofing as the labour charge and time can be significantly reduced. They prove to save energy as the metal is heat resistant and environmentally friendly. Modish Aluminium door and window designs High durability and security are highlights of Aluminium doors and windows. Aluminium frames are long-lasting compared to its PVC and wood counterparts. A brilliantly finished slim cased window surely enhances the beauty of the building from both inside and outside views; this is what Aluminium sets forward to you. With Aluminium in your hand, there are no limits for your designing dreams. Efficient, competitive edge with Aluminium Architecture Aluminium is changing the face of the construction to the most modern class structure. Aluminium is not only easy to handle but also easy to ship, and wastage is also minimal when compared to its peers making the construction procedure even simple.