When constructing or refurbishing balconies and breezeways, the choice of materials becomes crucial. The materials you select should not only be aesthetic and functional but also durable, especially in applications where they are exposed to aggressive conditions. One such crucial element in these constructions is the Aluminum T-Bar.
What is Aluminum T-Bar?
Aluminum T-Bar is typically employed as a pour-stop or drip edge in balconies and breezeways. Apart from giving a refined look, it acts as a form for wet concrete during construction, and once the concrete cures, it functions as a decorative drip edge.
But, why is the choice of T-Bar so crucial?
Challenges Faced by Aluminum T-Bar
Once installed, the Aluminum T-Bar gets paired with fresh concrete that has a pH level ranging between 12-14, almost as alkaline as some drain cleaners. Aluminum, being a reactive metal, can get etched due to this high alkalinity. Additionally, the continuous exposure to rain, UV rays, and other environmental elements challenges the integrity of mill finish aluminum. This is where the anodized version of Aluminum T-Bar from Formulated Materials comes into play.
Why Choose Anodized Aluminum T-Bar?
1. Corrosion Resistance: The anodizing process forms a durable oxide layer on the aluminum’s surface, safeguarding it against corrosion, especially from alkaline substances like fresh cement.
2. Enhanced Durability: Through anodizing, the hardness and abrasion resistance of aluminum improve drastically. This makes it resistant to scratches and general wear and tear, ensuring the aluminum retains its appearance and integrity for longer periods.
3. Color Stability: While the mill finish aluminum might lose its sheen and color over time, anodized aluminum maintains its vibrancy. The anodizing process integrates dyes into the oxide layer, ensuring a wide range of colors that remain steadfast against the adversities of weather and alkalinity.
4. Ease of Maintenance: Cleaning anodized aluminum is a breeze. Thanks to its smooth and non-porous surface, dirt and grime can be effortlessly wiped off. Plus, common cleaning agents don’t impact its anodized coating, ensuring its longevity.
If your project requires the sturdiness and aesthetic appeal of Anodized T-Bar, the choice is clear. The advantages it brings in terms of durability, appearance, and ease of maintenance make it a preferred choice for many professionals.
For those considering the switch to Anodized T-Bar or needing more details, please contact a Formulated Materials sales professional. They can provide pricing details, order minimums, and lead times tailored to your project needs.