Aluminum is one of the most popular metals to weld, but it's not without challenges. At E-A Enterprises we have decades of experience fabricating with this metal.
What is Aluminum?
Aluminum is a white-silver metal, the thirteenth element on the periodic table, that is probably best known for being what soda cans are made of. However, unlike soda cans which are often quickly crumpled after use, welded aluminum is used for many sturdy and long-lasting pieces. It has many strengths that make it a popular metal to use for a variety of projects, and while it has some aspects that make it difficult to weld it is still an excellent option.
Strengths of Aluminum
So why would someone choose to use aluminum for a metal fabrication project? The metal’s many strengths answer that question with ease.
Its first strength is its appearance. The shiny silver-white surface is eye-catching and sleek without any additional decoration. However, aluminum is also easily customizable to match any design using paint or powder-coating. Due to its malleability you can also weld aluminum into a variety of shapes, its pliability adding to its ability to create good-looking designs. Additionally, aluminum is non-corrosive due to its oxide layer, meaning that its great looks won’t become corrupted by rust or corrosion over time.
Aluminum is also lightweight compared to other metals like steel, yet strong. This fact means it is a popular metal for projects that have to be strong but can’t be too heavy. Automobile and aircraft construction often use it for this very reason.
Lastly, for customers looking for a green option, aluminum is recyclable. Just like you can throw soda cans in the recycling bin, you can recycle large aluminum projects and use the metal for something else. This trait helps prevent metal waste from ending up in landfills.
Aluminum has a few difficulties when it comes to welding that need to be taken into consideration. Luckily, here at E-A Enterprises we have decades of experience working with aluminum and know how to deal with the difficulties as they come.
Our experienced metal workers know how to overcome issues with the thickness and oxidation of aluminum, which require an expert hand. No matter the size or shape of your piece, we ensure that it is sturdy and strong. We check carefully to make sure the aluminum doesn’t develop bubbles as it cools and clean it well so that it isn’t corrupted by impurities.
We also have experience choosing the right filler materials for welding projects. Many projects are a combination of multiple types of aluminum or aluminum and other metals. We know how to create pieces with multiple alloys to ensure that they get the benefits of both and are the best possible material for their project.
What Projects Use Aluminum?
Aluminum can be used for all kinds of projects - from aircraft to soda cans. However, its strengths lend themselves specifically to certain types of projects that really benefit from them. These include:
- Railings: Railings are often made from aluminum so that they can benefit from being sturdy and lightweight. In fact, aluminum pipe railings are one of the most popular railing types. Click here to check out a variety of railings that you can use for your project.
- Ladders: Ladders are usually made of one of three materials - wood, fiberglass, or aluminum. Aluminum ladders are easy to carry but still sturdy enough to support a user climbing on them - making it one of the most popular material options for construction. Click here to check out some of the ladders E-A Enterprises has made.
- Fencing: Similar to railings, fencing is also frequently made from aluminum. Most commonly you’ll see aluminum fencing in residential areas around homes or pools but it is also popular in public spaces such as parks or gardens.
- Door & Window Frames: When looking for a sturdy door or window frame aluminum is a great choice. Metal frames are generally found in commercial buildings and more modern residential designs. Aluminum’s easy customizability with paint and powder coating options means that these frames can blend in with any building’s design.
- Gutters: Gutter systems are most frequently made of aluminum due to the metal's many strengths. Aluminum is corrosion resistant meaning that even with tons of rainfall it won’t rust. And aluminum can be powder-coated or painted to match any house or commercial space’s design.
Want to Get Started on an Aluminum Project?
E-A Enterprises is here to help you make your metal fabrication project a reality. Our experts have been welding with aluminum for over 30 years and our top-of-the-line warehouse can develop projects of any size. If you’re in the central Maryland area, give us a call or use our online quote tool today to get started on your project.