Aluminium Within Architecture – What Are the Benefits?


Have you ever considered what your walkway, bridge, deck, or steps are constructed from? The most common answer is, of course, aluminium and it will most likely be an aluminium extrusion section or profile. In fact, due to its versatility, aluminium is a staple material within architectural applications.

The growth of aluminium walkway systems in lots of different applications (i.e. food processing plants, petrochemical plants, theatrical studios, hospitals, shopping centres, sports arenas and power generation plant) is due to the benefits listed below:

Lightweight
Environmentally friendly (100% recyclable)
Aesthetically pleasing
Easily worked
Maintenance free
Non-toxic
Non-combustible
Corrosion-free

More and more of today’s architects and civil engineering designers are specifying that materials are lightweight, strong and corrosion resistant. This will include aluminium and exclude materials such as wood and steel. Aluminium is approximately two-thirds lighter than steel and offers longer life than wood. The materials have to meet the ever- exacting environmental, manufacturing, aesthetic and reduced-maintenance challenges of the 21st century. When used for walkway applications, aluminium offers design engineers and architects the optimum in design flexibility. Aluminium can be extruded into sections that require minimum processing to finish and result in modular systems that are easy to assemble.

Aluminium Decking:
Aluminium extrusion decking or planking is an option for both commercial builders and homeowners. It is naturally waterproof, and will not warp, splinter, crack, rot, or swell like timber or composite decks. What’s more, it’s designed for easy installation.

Aluminium decking is a low maintenance option that can be cleaned with soap and water, without the need for constant upkeep of paint, stain or oil. The slip-resistant, durable decking surface is designed for safety and security, with a raised punched, ribbed or serrated surface texture that is long lasting. Smooth and designer surfaces are also available.

Aluminium within Modern Buildings:
Modern buildings contain aluminium in some form or other; not just in their construction but also in the furniture, utensils and appliances. Most houses are built with brick, but wander along your high street or city arcade, and you will find buildings clad in decorative aluminium, in addition to windows and doors made with aluminium extrusions or extruded aluminium profiles.

Furniture and the Environment:
In the past, wood was commonly used in furniture for instance, but sustainability issues surrounding forestry have resulted in the use of aluminium in its place, as a sensible contribution towards the conservation of the existing forests.

Weight Savings:
Architects and designers seek materials that not only have a low impact on the environment, but are also easy to manufacture, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and corrosion-resistant. Modern shop and office door frames are made from aluminium extrusions, resulting in a considerable weight saving over wood. In single storey buildings this may not add up to much, but imagine the weight saved when aluminium is used in skyscrapers!

Aluminium extrusion has the added advantage of a high strength-to-weight ratio – even higher than steel, which weighs in at more than three times heavier than aluminium.

Versatile Material:
Aluminium is a technically versatile material, allowing for a great variety of shapes and contours. For instance, using aluminium extrusions for window and door frames allows the designer to provide interlocking sections with all the necessary in-built characteristics, such as grooves and screw retainers.

Cost Savings:
The fact that features can be designed into the extrusion means that secondary process operations (such as machining) are often removed. This saves costs overall, as well as improving the functionality of the profile or section.

Aluminium is Everywhere:
As you walk around your office, home, or shop, consider where extruded aluminium profiles have been used. There might be more than you thought!

ABL Components – One-Stop Shop:
ABL Components has worked with many clients from the architectural, decking, and flooring sectors (in addition to a multitude of other industrial sectors globally), providing tailored solutions to their requirements for aluminium extrusions. ABL’s ability to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ solution provides a unique service for our customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Our experience in this area, aligned with the capabilities and in-house equipment, makes ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the architectural flooring market. There is also a good chance that we can help with any aluminium extrusion needs you may have in other industrial applications as well.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how we can assist you. Call us on 0121 789 8686, or email sales@ablcomponents.co.uk.

Aluminium in Architectural Applications for 21st Century

Today’s Architects and Civil Engineering Designers demand materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant. They have vision, creativity and seek the materials to meet the ever exacting structural, thermal, aesthetic and acoustic challenges of the 21st century.

An obvious choice for architecture is aluminium with its unique prarchitectural-aluminiumoperties, making it a natural partner for the building industry. Its use in building applications has grown over many years thanks to its strength, durability, corrosion resistance and lightness. When used for construction applications, aluminium offers the design engineer and architects the optimum design flexibility.

Recycled and Reutilised

Aluminium has become an essential product for the building industry also because of its ability to be recycled and reutilised. In the construction sector over 85% of aluminium is recovered – (95% of the aluminium in the old Wembley Stadium has been recycled). Without any deterioration in quality, the same or other equally high quality products can be made from recycled aluminium.

Using Aluminium in Construction, Building and Building Components

Aluminium extruded products are commonly used for windows, doors and conservatories and other glazed structures ranging from shop fronts to roofing, staircases, heating and air-conditioning systems, barriers, façade engineering, gates, interior design, kitchens, lighting, modular office pods and solar panels.

Aluminium extrusion is leading the way into the future of the construction industry with characteristics and properties as a building component that has led to revolutionary and innovative changes in building techniques and architectural and engineering projects.

The extrusion process, for example, allows an almost infinite range of hollow and solid profiles to be fabricated, combining a variety of design features to suit the end-use application. It doesn’t end there as the ability to Incorporate design profile features into extruded aluminium sections and components allows the designer to achieve complex shapes and fabricated components with a minimum of processing.

When combined with ABL’s ability to machine, weld, fabricate, anodise and finish the result is a product that can be part, near or completely finished to a customer’s specification.

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the architectural and building sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution provides a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the architectural market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the architectural market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm

Why Specify Architectural Aluminium Flooring for Decking, Stairs, Walkways and Balconies?

The growth of aluminium flooring systems in hospitals, shopping centres, sports arenas,

Architectural Aluminium

Architectural aluminium in walkways, stairs and overhangs

food processing plants, petrochemical plants, theatrical studios, and power generation plant is to be expected given the advantages listed below.

The advantages of aluminium extrusion in the use of architectural applications include:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly (100% recyclable)
  • Aesthetically pleasing (improved by anodising)
  • Easily worked
  • Maintenance free
  • Non toxic
  • Non combustible
  • Corrosion free

The aluminium flooring can be supplied ready to install and is suitable for a wide range of applications notably for stairs, bridge decking, walkways and balconies. There is a large range of sizes and load bearing profiles available in standard lengths or bespoke cut-to-size lengths. Non-Slip ridges or drainage holes are machined into the aluminium flooring meaning the decking adheres to tight safety regulations. This also ensures effective drainage reducing surface water, which, in turn, aids longevity. Architectural aluminium flooring combines the functional possibilities of extrusion technology with the outstanding material properties of anodised aluminium. These qualities ensure that the product offers an attractive and modern aesthetic whilst strongly adhering to UK health and safety regulations.

Architectural Aluminium Walkway

Architectural Aluminium Walkway

Architects and Civil Engineering Designers are naturally specifying materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant which by default includes aluminium that is approximately two thirds lighter than steel and offers longer life than wood. The materials have to meet the ever exacting environmental, manufacturing, aesthetic and reduced maintenance challenges of the 21st century. Aluminium flooring saves money over time due to its longevity and the non-diminishing cash value of scrap aluminium. Aluminium can be extruded into sections that require the minimum of processing to finish and result in modular systems that are easy to assemble.

Aluminium Decking

Aluminium extrusion decking or planking is an option for both commercial builders and home owners that is naturally waterproof. It will not warp, splinter, crack, rot or swell like timber or composite decks and is designed for easy installation.

Aluminium decking is a low maintenance option that can be cleaned with soap and water without the need for constant upkeep of paint, stain or oil. The slip resistant, durable decking surface is designed for safety and security with a raised punched, ribbed or serrated surface texture that is long lasting. Smooth and designer surfaces are also available.

Visit our Aluminium Flooring and Decking website: http://www.aluminiumdecking.co.uk.

Why you should be choosing Aluminium for Architectural Walkways (Flooring, Decking and Planking)

Have you ever considered what your walkway, bridge deck or steps are constructed of? The most common answer is, of course, aluminium and it will be an aluminium extrusion section or profile.

The growth of aluminium walkway systems in food processing plants, petrochemical plants, theatrical studios, hospitals, shopping centres, sports arenas and power generation plant is due to the benefits listed below.

The advantages of aluminium extrusion in the use of architectural applications include:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally friendly (100% recyclable)aluminium-decking
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Easily worked
  • Maintenance free
  • Non toxic
  • Non combustible
  • Corrosion free

More and more of today’s Architects and Civil Engineering Designers are specifying materials that are light, strong and corrosion resistant. This will include aluminium and exclude materials such as wood and steel. Aluminium is approximately two thirds lighter than steel and offers longer life than wood. The materials have to meet the ever exacting environmental, manufacturing, aesthetic and reduced maintenance challenges of the 21st century. When used for walkway applications, aluminium offers design engineers and architects the optimum in design flexibility. Aluminium can be extruded into sections that require the minimum of processing to finish and result in modular systems that are easy to assemble.

Aluminium Decking

Aluminium extrusion decking or planking is an option for both commercial builders and home owners that is naturally waterproof. It will not warp, splinter, crack, rot or swell like timber or composite decks and is designed for easy installation.

Aluminium decking is a low maintenance option that can be cleaned with soap and water without the need for constant upkeep of paint, stain or oil. The slip resistant, durable decking surface is designed for sa

 

fety and security with a raised punched, ribbed or serrated surface texture that is long lasting. Smooth and designer surfaces are also available.

 

 

planks

Visit our new Aluminium Decking website http://www.aluminiumdecking.co.uk

ABL Components One Stop Shop

ABL Components have worked with many clients to provide tailored solutions to their requirement for aluminium extrusions in the architectural decking or flooring sector. ABL’s ability to offer a one stop shop solution provides a unique service for their customer base, located both in the UK and around the world.

Their experience in this sector, aligned with the capabilities and equipment they have in-house, make ABL the ideal partner for all your needs in the architectural flooring market.

Contact ABL today to learn more about how they can assist you in the architectural flooring market.

Tel:+(0)44 121 789 8686 or visit their website at http://www.ablcomponents.co.uk/abl-components-contact.htm