20% of the world’s aluminium is used in the construction sector. A building is rarely constructed today without this metal, as the physical properties of aluminium make it a perfect material for construction.
Its light weight means that the load on the bearing structure is less, and its strength makes it suitable for a great variety of solutions. Its resistance to corrosion gives it special advantages: aluminium is perfect for regions with severe weather conditions. Finally, its fluidity gives freedom to architects and designers.
Aluminium is becoming increasingly used in the construction industry. It is used to produce ceilings and walls, window frames, blinds, doors, stairs, roof covers, wall panels partitions, HVAC systems and to construct houses and shopping centres, stadiums and bridges.
Aluminium structures, or aluminium construction materials, help to cool houses in summer, warm them in winter, and ensure comfort and dry air all year around.
For example, aluminium walls with insulation and foil reflecting coating provide protection which is four times more effective than 10 cm brick coat or 20 cm-thick masonry.
Each year, millions of aluminium frames and doors are installed in new and old buildings. Durable, insulating, with a low compression and expansion ratio, they meet all modern requirements.
Advanced technologies mean that solar batteries can be mounted into the frames, and it is expected that this energy-saving method will become popular in the future.
However, the application of aluminium in the construction industry not only opens opportunities for the future, but also helps to save the past. In recent years, aluminium has been increasingly applied as a main material in the restoration and reconstruction of historical buildings.