With a weight roughly one-third that of steel, you could be forgiven for thinking that aluminium isn't the strongest of materials. But you'd be wrong. Despite its lightweight nature, aluminium can have the same gram-for-gram strength as steel, depending on the alloy and processing technique used. This combination of portability and durability means that aluminium is a great choice when it comes to choosing a material for your industrial walkway.
Let's have a look at some of its qualities.
Aluminium's natural properties contribute greatly to its durable nature. As a reactive metal, aluminium forms a natural oxide layer when put into contact with oxygen and water. This provides a natural coat over the metal that protects it from corrosion, and the best news is, this happens naturally – so you don't have to lift a finger.
Aluminium's natural properties contribute greatly to its durable nature.
The result is that aluminium walkways and accessories such as railings or ramps will last longer than many other materials – especially as this oxide layer will naturally reform if scratched or scuffed.
From aeroplanes to skyscrapers, it's no coincidence that aluminium is used in situations that require reliable strength. Safety is the most important factor for walkways carrying the weight of people and materials on a daily basis, and aluminium can be trusted with this responsibility.
This natural strength is added to with Locker Group's Gridwalk industrial flooring, which features an expanded diamond tread pattern. Not only do the diamonds increase the traction on Gridwalk walkways, they actually add to the strength, making this product the height of safety.
It's estimated that 75 per cent of all aluminium ever produced is still in use, according to the Aluminum Association. This speaks volumes to the metal's reusability. In addition, reused aluminium doesn't lose the properties that make it so ideal for the production of walkways.
Aluminium's properties mean that it has a wide range of applications, and can be used in most aspects of walkway design. From handrails, to stairs, to gratings, alumiunium is an easily installable and low maintenance material that can be relied upon for long term and regular use.
For over 50 years, Locker Group has been providing expertise and materials to architectural and industrial projects across Australia. If you have any more questions about aluminium walkways, or want to talk about how we can tailor our products to meet the exact needs of your project, get in touch with the Locker Group team today.