Aluminum Tread: How it is Made

Aluminum TreadA couple months ago we took an in-depth look at how aluminum sheet and coil is made. We learned how it is mined, refined, smelted, and fabricated. But, mill-finished aluminum isn’t the only aluminum product we carry. We also process aluminum tread.
While the initial production of aluminum tread is the same as the other aluminum coil products, it goes through a couple extra steps to get the diamond-embossed texture.

Creating the Tread Design

The aluminum coil is sent through a synchronized set of rolls. The bottom rolls press against the top rolls to create a raised pattern (diamond) on the top side of the coil. This process can be done on stainless steel and some carbon steel as well.

OFR Metals Processing

After receiving aluminum tread coils we can then cut it to our customers’ desired lengths. The standard thicknesses we carry are .045-.125 and we supply it in both sheet and coils.

Benefits of Tread

Tread is used in a variety of industries and found in both external and internal environments thanks to its corrosion resistance.

Other benefits of tread include:

  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Weldability
  • Skid resistance

Uses of Aluminum Tread

Tread is used in a variety of industries. Let’s look at some of the most common.

Walkways and Ramps

Vijay Chennupati Nettle CaveOne of the most common uses for aluminum tread is walkways. The diamond texture offers slip resistance to ensure safe walking. The most common place I think of tread walkways are warehouses and school portables. Could you imagine walking up the ramp to go to your 7th grade English class in the middle of winter if the ramp isn’t made of steel tread? Students would be falling all over the place. Or a worker walking up a ramp into a warehouse in a rainstorm with his/her hands full of boxes. Let’s just hope the boxes aren’t full of fragile items and the worker is OK.

Truck and Trailer Parts

Horse Trailers (tread)Another common place to find aluminum tread is on trucks and trailers. It is a great material to use on truck bumpers and mud flaps due to its durability and corrosion-resistance. Aluminum tread is made to withstand the salt and sand on the roads during harsh winter conditions.
While the above are two of the more common uses for aluminum tread it is not exclusive. Look for it on siding panels, food trucks, tool boxes, running boards, etc.