Aluminum: What it is Used For

Uses for Aluminum

Aluminum is used for many applications. In this post we will discuss some of the more common industries we supply to; the first of which is the truck and trailer industry.

Aluminum Horse TrailersTruck and Trailer

The truck and trailer industry widely uses aluminum for the construction of trailer bodies. Livestock/horse trailers, sport trailers, and cargo trailers are all typically constructed from aluminum 5052 because of its strength and corrosion resistance. This is an important characteristic for a trailer that might be stuck in the elements.

If you don’t own a horse or motorcycle and don’t have the need to haul anything, well, maybe you need a trailer to hit the great outdoors. Many pull travel trailers are also constructed with an aluminum frame-typically painted aluminum.

commercial lighting, aluminumCommercial Lighting

OK so you don’t like the great outdoors, don’t own a horse or motorcycle, and don’t have the need to haul anything. Well, aluminum is also used in commercial lighting so you can comfortably stay indoors.

Lighting is used just about everywhere you go. It is an important aspect to our everyday lives. But I bet you didn’t know that the frames holding the lights are largely constructed of aluminum (sometimes carbon steel). This is especially true if the lighting is found in a commercial building.

Outdoor Furniture

Now, take a step outside. Although they may be covered up depending on your weather situation, your patio furniture and the outdoor tables at a restaurant are most like made of an aluminum frame. Because aluminum provides excellent corrosion resistance it is ideal for outdoor furniture.

Other uses for aluminum include: heat exchangers, roofing and siding, door hardware, window frames, storage tanks, mailboxes, etc.