When it comes to the determining factors for choosing aluminum over other materials for facade construction, climate and environmental considerations come into play.
First, the existing climate conditions have little or no effect on the functionality of the aluminum facade. Forming and processing aluminum is not a problem, even when the temperatures are as low as 0 degrees. For this feature alone, architects have an easy time experimenting with facade designs.
Even after the facade installation, no weather condition is too extreme for aluminum. The material will retain its reliability at 2,000 meters above sea level, where the temperature can vary by 40 degrees and more.
In these days of intensified environmental awareness, the environmental friendliness and sustainability of facade construction materials is a big consideration. Aluminum is a strong candidate for these factors too.
As you may know, there are not many materials that are as resilient in recycling as aluminum. The material can be reused many times and it will not lose its properties. Indeed, 90% of the metal that is used in building construction is recycled eventually. The recycling process is estimated to use a mere 5% of the energy that was used to manufacture the original aluminum. Therefore, it is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly material.
With aluminum for facade construction, the design choices are limitless. Take the case of operable fenestration systems, which allow for the free movement of fresh air into indoor spaces. Aluminum is unique in the way it supports such designs because it can be easily formed into various shapes. Steel and other alternative materials cannot support such designs unless they are combined with aluminum.
Environmental friendliness also touches on the maximization of natural light. Aluminum alloys in facade construction support heavy glass easily, thus not only enhancing broad views but also maximizing natural light.
Consider also the low maintenance feature of aluminum for facade construction. Routine cleaning which is common for all materials is the only requirement to worry you. Beyond that, the aluminum facade doesn’t need any maintenance. The low-maintenance element means that the lifetime costs of this material can be significant. The ecological impact in this case is immeasurable. Remember that the routine cleaning of the material doesn’t have to involve the use of toxic materials and chemicals.