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“Better” is subjective, especially when it comes to construction. The purpose, environment the material will be used in, and overall design are factors to consider when choosing which metal material is best suited for your construction needs.
Check out our aluminum and steel products for construction
Aluminum for Construction UsesWith its high strength-to-weight ratio aluminum is widely used for a variety of construction uses. Two of the common alloy grades used for construction include 6061 aluminum and 6063 aluminum.
- Bridge decks
- Window frames
- Door frames
- Architectural trim
For detailed information on aluminum grade comparisons, check out our aluminum infographic.
Steel for Construction PurposesWith its high strength, carbon steel is ideal for building structures and frames. The ductility and flexibility make it ideal for construction applications such as:
- Building frames
- Commercial skyscrapers
- Industrial and commercial garages
- Reinforcing bars
- Infrastructure projects like railways and tunnels
Considerations for Aluminum and Steel Construction ProjectsWhen considering which metal material is best for your construction designs, it is important to note the differences between the two metals. Aluminum provides a high-strength, lightweight alternative to steel. It also provides a level of corrosion resistance not found in carbon steel.
Carbon steel is ideal for construction applications that need to withstand heavy traffic or applications that require a weldable, fatigue-resistant metal. Additionally, steel rebar is commonly used to reinforce concrete or masonry.
Both steel and aluminum offer environmental benefits including being recyclable and energy efficient.
Find High-Quality Steel or AluminumWhile the best metal material for construction will be determined by your project needs, finding high-quality metal shouldn’t be difficult. Industrial Metal Supply stocks a wide range of aluminum and steel products, perfect for any construction project.
- Aluminum Bar
- Aluminum Plate
- 6061 and 6063 Aluminum Angle
- 6061 Aluminum Beam
- 6061 and 6063 Aluminum Channel (U-Channel)
- 6061 and 6063 Aluminum Tee
- 6061 Aluminum Pipe
- Steel Bar
- Steel Threaded Rod
- Steel Plate
- CR and HR Galvanized Angle
- Hot Rolled Steel Beam
- Hot Rolled Steel Tee
- U Shape or C Shape Steel Channel
- Steel Pipe
Custom Cut Steel & Aluminum for Your Construction Needs
As a trusted metal supplier, we understand some construction projects require custom cut aluminum or steel. We offer different metal services, tailored for all your metal cutting needs. Request a quote on your steel or aluminum shape to custom cut your metal or contact us to discuss your custom cut project or to learn more about our value-added services.