uminium fabrication is something you can find practically everywhere, and a huge part of our daily lives, but when was the last time most of us thought about aluminium? Well, it won’t surprise you that we think about aluminium fabrication (and sheet metal fabrication generally) a whole lot, since we’ve made metalwork our lives’ work! Here’s some uses for aluminium fabrication that you may find fascinating, illustrating the incredible diversity of this wonderful metal.
Residential aluminium fabrication
You may be thinking “really, aluminium can be used in homes?” That’s right – and we’re not talking about the canned fizzy drinks in your fridge! (Although you’ll likely find aluminium is used in your fridge too, and your microwave as well!) You’re probably aware that steel fabrication is a big part of residential fabrication, for example, structural steel, but aluminium also has structural uses: for example, in residential patios, awnings, carports and windows. They’re also frequently used in handrails and balustrades for stairs, making it easier to climb upstairs and strengthening the stairs themselves while also keeping you and your loved ones safe. Another popular use for aluminium is outdoor sheds, which can be used for anything from garden sheds to artist studios, man-caves and she-sheds to granny flats and much more.
Here’s some gorgeous stairs we created for a Perth homeowner recently:
You’ll see aluminium frequently used in fences, gates and mailboxes, like this project we completed in partnership with Haven Construction:
And finally, you can even use aluminium fabrication to make an entire house, as you’ll see in this beautiful example from Japan. In our case, we’ve built an entire (cubby) house out of aluminium, the perfect size for Jake’s nieces!
Industrial aluminium fabrication
You’ll find aluminium used in practically every industry: notably, its contributions to the transport and telecommunications industries mean that it’s in the car you drive and the truck that brings food to your supermarket, when you get on a plane it’ll have aluminium in it, and it’s even in the smartphone you use to keep in touch with the people you care about (and maybe the kids use to catch Pokemon). It’s used in heavy industry equipment, shade structures, shipping containers, bullet trains, bridges, long-distance power lines and so much more.
With its combination of flexibility, strength and malleability, it’s used for a wide variety of industrial applications by our customers, for example making this work ute both super useful and looking fly:
And this mine site spec walkway working platform that will definitely turn heads:
Commercial aluminium fabrication
Aluminium fabrication is used very widely in commercial settings: from the signage that helps people find your business, to office partitions, feature walls, and so much more!
Here’s some examples of our work in commercial aluminium fabrication.
Aluminium: changing our tomorrows
We’re excited to be working with a metal that’s part of building a better future! With the global population growing and in light of environmental challenges, aluminium is being embraced for its potential to help the world fabricate and build for the future, today. There’s some serious benefits to aluminium fabrication, as the International Aluminium Institute explains: aluminium is weather-proof, corrosion-resistant and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring optimal performance over a very long lifetime. Its flexibility and formability means it can take virtually any shape, for practically unlimited design potential. Furthermore, the famous recyclability of aluminium means that s can usually be recycled in a single process using up to 95% less energy than the primary production process, and it’s practically infinitely recyclable, so it can be used again and again.
In comparison, a significant amount of waste building materials usually end up in landfill or are recycled at cost to the community. It can also have green energy benefits, keeping people cool in summer and warm in winter. In fact, there’s even a research programme by the International Aluminium Institute on how the in-use benefits of aluminium in architecture can help in the journey towards sustainable cities.
And a fun fact: it’s also taking us to infinity and beyond, with NASA using it on their spacecraft!
In other words, so much more than that humble can of soda – aluminium has already changed the world, and it’s continuing to do so.
Our name’s Custom Aluminium, and we have a special love of this metal – but we work with all metals to make amazing things! So whether you’re looking to turn your dream home into a reality, makeover your office or do your industrial work better through sheet metal fabrication, we have all the tools we need in-house to create the perfect custom metal fabrication project for you. So give us a call today, or drop by and talk to our friendly staff.
Want to see more of our cool creations and get seriously inspired? From residential to commercial, indoor to outdoor, bassinets to big rigs, we make incredible things with metal and we can do it for you too. Check out more Projects We’ve Done, and follow us on Facebook for more!