Aluminum alloy has come a long way in the building and landscaping industry. It has taken its place as one of the premier materials for outdoor structures, thanks to its durability, versatility, and quality. Because of these factors, more contractors, architects, homeowners and large multi-national hospitality groups are choosing aluminum for their outdoor structures.
To answer this upsurge in interest in aluminum in landscaping and construction, Azenco Outdoor answers the most common questions. This informative article explains how well the latest in aluminum technology works outdoors and which products are best for transforming an outdoor space.
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Types of Aluminum Alloy for Extrusions
When it comes to extrusions, here is a selection of alloys that are proven to deliver exceptional performance:
- 1xxx Series: With a composition of 99% aluminum, the 1xxx series is renowned for its superior weldability and outstanding resistance to corrosion. It is the go-to option for applications that demand both durability and workability.
- 6005/6005A: Both 6005 and 6005A alloys offer unique advantages. While 6005 has a higher silicon content, which improves extrudability, 6005A boasts additional chromium for enhanced toughness and reduced risk of stress corrosion. These alloys are perfect for various applications with specific requirements.
- 6063 is the perfect choice for decorative Applications. It offers a superior surface finish and is suitable for extruding thin walls or fine details. Plus, with multiple tempers available, you can choose the right one for your specific needs. Although it has a lower weld strength, 6063 aluminum welds readily provide excellent corrosion resistance.
- 6061: For structural integrity and strength, 6061 is a powerhouse. Widely used in the transportation and machined parts industries, this alloy has a proven track record and a comprehensive database of properties. With remarkable extrudability, weldability, high fracture toughness, and fatigue strength, 6061 is the ultimate go-to option.
Aluminum 6063T6 – Premier Outdoor Living and Shelter
Hands down, the most advanced aluminum alloy that can be used to create an outdoor living space is the alloy 6063T6. It is used for pergolas or patio covers or superior aluminum carports. This strong alloy which leverages silicon and magnesium, is also an excellent option for those looking for an aluminum pool cover.
The reasons this alloy comes so highly recommended by professional fitters, architects, and builders are easy to recognize and include:
Numerous factors go into making aluminum sustainable. In fact, the metal is not only sustainable, but it’s also recyclable, environmentally-friendly, and an eco-conscious, responsible choice for the next millennium. As the U.S. along with the rest of the globe gear up to create a sustainable future, the 2019 Annual Report from the Aluminum Association has revealed that aluminum is an alloy clearly hitting that goal.
While the use of sustainable building material may be only one part of building that sustainable future the report talks of, choosing an aluminum alloy versus a less sustainable material makes a long-term positive impact that is undeniable.
Aluminum 6063T6 Longevity
Aluminum 6063T6 also offers superior longevity when it comes to outdoor products. Unlike other alloys, it efficiently stands the test of time in the face of outdoor elements that more quickly break down other materials.
Aluminum alloy 6063T6 is extremely weldable as well. It is a major concern for any material used to create an outdoor structure, and a factor that greatly enhances its longevity and performance as well as safety.
Aluminum Heat Treatability
This alloy has another benefit in its heat treatability. This ensures the hardness, durability, and maximum strength needed to relieve stresses that could affect safety and allow for the creation of truly lasting outdoor products.
Aluminum Corrosion Resistance
Despite these benefits, the aluminum alloy would still not be suitable for outdoors if it weren’t able to resist corrosion. After all, the outdoor climate and conditions can result in degradation and lead to either expensive maintenance or complete and total replacement.
One of the best metals for exterior applications is Aluminum 6063T6. It is engineered to be corrosion resistant despite exposure to wind, rain, salt and other elements.
Aluminum Extrusion Capability
Aluminum alloy 6063T6 leverages another important benefit – easy extrusion to create shapes. This means that whether you’re looking to install an aluminum patio cover or a solar-powered motorized pool cover, outdoor products crafted with this alloy can give you the sleek, modern design you hope to achieve.
Aluminum Powder Coating
Additionally, this specific alloy allows for a premium powder-coated finishing over anodized aluminum. Not only is the finished product strengthened, but the coating also serves to elevate the finished look. As a result, it creates beautiful, robust, and durable outdoor structures.
Aluminum Quality and Durability
Ultimately, all of the benefits found in aluminum alloy 6063T6 come down to two things – quality and durability. Outdoor products crafted using the alloy last longer, reducing or eliminating the cost and worry of maintenance, while providing the strength, performance, and design options discerning clients demand.
Comparing Materials for Any Outdoor Project Needs
When choosing the material for outdoor projects it comes down to these questions:
- Is longevity, durability, and long-term elimination of maintenance costs important to you or your client?
- Do you want the elegant, finished look that the high-quality powder coating of the alloy provides?
- Do you need the strength that the alloy provides for your project? For example, wind-resistance or waterproofness?
- Is corrosion resistance a concern for your project (vital in coastal areas)?
- Finally, is it important to you or your client that the material you use in the project be sustainable and environmentally-friendly?
Azenco outdoor products are made of aluminum alloy 6063T6 and answer “YES” to any or all of those questions. Aluminum 6063T6 is a perfect choice for any landscaping or construction needs, whether home or commercial.
Outdoor Structures in Aluminum Alloy to Complement Any Design
Azenco International recognized the advantages aluminum alloy 6063T6 had to offer, and has combined the technological performance of the aluminum with advanced design aesthetic to become one of the leading home outdoor space and equipment companies.
Outdoor structures offered by Azenco using the alloy include:
Aluminum Patio Cover
For those wishing to optimize their outdoor living space, advanced 6063T6 patio covers (including insulated aluminum patio covers), offer a next-generation option and suit all styles of architecture from modern to contemporary or classic.
Waterproof and wind-resistant, the alloy’s powder-coated finishing, as well as its ability to resist corrosion, allows for maintenance-free living.
The advanced design of R-BLADE patio cover that comes with the structure, mounting system and remote control, provides natural ventilation. A pivot axis at the base of each twin-wall louver provides for superior sealing and resistance. And, like with the patio cover, an invisible integrated gutter system is included.
While in-built structures are excellent options, permitting can be time-consuming and challenging in some areas. To address this problem, Azenco has created a modular cabana, which is easy to install and doesn’t require a permit.
The free-standing pergola with sliding louvered panels allows for a patio revamp that is customizable from floor to roof.
Aluminum 6063T6 truly shines when it comes to carport structures. It leaves other materials far behind in the race for premium design and durability. Not only does it last longer, but it also outshines steel with its finished look and ease of installation.
Azenco’s R-CAR fully aluminum carport provides one zone of perfect protection for up to two vehicles. It makes it ideal for protecting vehicles parked outside.
Aluminum Pool Cover
Azenco’s aluminum alloy pool cover takes poolside living to the next level. The POOLDECK does three jobs in one – pool cover, deck, and patio. Ideal for optimizing space and providing effective thermal protection, the design is contemporary and fits almost all pool sizes.
American Aluminum Alloy Solutions
As more contractors, landscapers, individuals, and luxury hotels are realizing the advantages of leveraging aluminum 6063T6 to transform their outdoor spaces, from sustainability and longevity to the amazing design aesthetic it provides, aluminum is going mainstream.
So, if you’re considering an outdoor project – whether a beautifully situated and finished pergola or awning, a pool cover or deck that looks elegant while enhancing safety, or a carport that stands the test of time – consider the proven value of Azenco outdoor products made of aluminum 6063T6.