Aluminum sheet and girding assemblies are “blessing” for the building industry, a new report by the Australian Industry Group has found.
The AIG report, titled The Future of Aluminum Girders, found aluminum girdings in all types of roofing systems and that the use of aluminum sheet and metal sheeting is a growing trend.
“The aluminium industry has seen the growth of the material, particularly in the residential market,” the report said.
“It’s become more common, it’s become the default material in roofs.”
“The more we know about it, the more common it becomes,” Mr Williams said.
He said that while many people still think of aluminum as a “plastic” material, it has the potential to be an even better “plasti-coat” material.
“There are a lot of reasons why aluminum is an excellent plasti coat, but it’s one of the better plastitons in the world,” Mr Williamson said.
The report found that in 2018, there were 5.5 million applications for sheet aluminum gussets in the global market, up from 4.4 million in 2017.
A number of industries have been working to use aluminum sheeting as part of roof systems, including roofing and concrete, but the AIG study found the material was being used by “just a few” roofing companies.
It also found that only 1 per cent of applications for the material were made for residential applications.
“With the increasing popularity of roof products, we are seeing the need for more specialized applications,” the AOG said.
In 2018, the global average price of aluminum gudges rose to $5,500 per kilogram, compared to $3,000 in 2017, the AIC said.
Mr Williams welcomed the trend.
“There are so many applications for it.
The roofing industry is in demand,” he said.
It is also a very flexible material.
If it’s not used on a building, it can be applied to a building wall, he said, adding that it was not difficult to make the material.
The industry has been working with a number of companies to develop a range of applications, including structural support systems, flooring and the like.
AIG said that the industry had a lot to gain from an increased use of this material, including better insulation, fire resistance and reduced maintenance costs.
“A lot of the applications are very low-risk, so there’s not a lot in the way of health or environmental impacts associated with the use,” Mr Willis said.
Building industry leaders say the use is growing rapidly and there is no reason why it should stop.
“For residential applications, it was a trend that we all saw, but we’re seeing a lot more applications and more and more applications for residential, residential, commercial applications,” Mr Gee said.