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Construction Uses & Applications for AL Bar

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As a versatile metal, aluminum bar offers the corrosion-resistance, strength, and cost-effectiveness that make it one of the most commonly used metal materials available. Aluminum bar comes in a variety of shapes including round, rectangle, hex, and square. Learn about aluminum alloy grade differences to help you determine which aluminum bar product is best for your construction needs.

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Aluminum Bar for Construction and Buildings

Common construction uses for aluminum bar include: aluminum structural frame
  • Siding
  • Structural frames
  • Window frames
  • Door frames
  • Roofing
  • Bridgework/bridge decks
  • Infrastructure construction
Additional benefits of aluminum for construction purposes include aluminum being an energy-efficient metal. As a green/recyclable metal, aluminum is often used for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects. 

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Common Aluminum Bar Grades and Alloys

Commonly used aluminum bar alloys for construction include:
  • 6061 Aluminum
    • Easily weldable and machinable.
    • Offers high corrosion resistance with high strength.
    • Ideal for brazing.
    • Common applications include assemblies, electronic parts, fasteners, structural and architectural applications.
  • 6063 Aluminum
    • Heat-treatable.
    • Weldable and formable. Ideal for extrusion projects or applications.
    • Smooth surface finish.
    • When compared to 6061 aluminum, 6063 aluminum is easier to form.
    • It is also more corrosion-resistant than 6061 aluminum due to the lack of copper in its chemical makeup.
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Aluminum Bar Shapes

Aluminum bars can be made by extrusion or rolled and coiled. When rolled and coiled, aluminum is heated and coiled. Bars made via extrusion are pushed through a die, under pressure, then shaped as needed.

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