One fifth of the total Aluminium produced in the world is absorbed by the construction industry. The use of Aluminium in Industry has ricocheted in the past few decades but it is no way a new trend; many structural elements of the Empire State building, including the distinctive spire, were implemented in Aluminium when it was first built in the 1930s.
What Makes Aluminium the "Dream Material" in the Construction Industry? Aluminium is the ideal metal for executing various structures in the construction industry. Firstly, it is light weight and hence places a slighter load on the base structure. Using Aluminium instead of stainless steel can reduce the weight of a construction structure by 35-80%. Secondly, it is exceptionally strong for a metal that looks so fragile (airplanes are made of it), providing strength to the structure. Lastly, its malleability and ductility allow architects to incorporate an array of decorative elements in it. Additionally, many structures using Aluminium components forgo surface embellishments (like paint, polish, and mosaic) to use the metal's bare aesthetically-pleasing silvery surface.
Aluminium Support Green Building Design Movement
Green structures, built using sustainable materials are the zeitgeist of the construction industry. Many organizations that promote green building design, like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) tend to favour structures using Aluminium for green certification. This is not without reason; Aluminium is easy to recycle, consuming only 10% of the energy that would be required to produce it from scratch. In fact, about three fourths of the Aluminium ever produced is still deployed today.
The RDA Aluminium Advantage
RDA leverages an experience of more than 35 years in its relatively new product line of Aluminium construction elements like doors, windows, and shop fronts. All orders are made on a process line that allows the company to offer elements made to custom dimensions without an extra charge. It sources its Aluminium from Wispeco Limited, leading supplier of the metal. Lastly, RDA is a member of AAAMSA (Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa), and SAGGA (South African Glass and Glazing Association), ensuring all orders meet the deflection and glazing requirements laid down by National Building Regulations.
Aluminium construction elements are light weight, durable, and aesthetically-pleasing. They also require minimum maintenance and offer ease of installation. If your Aluminium structures were bought from a credible seller, you can expect them to implement complex building structures that would last for decades to come.