Sourcing Aluminum Plate For Your Project Or Job
There are many different materials that you may want to use in your metal shop or project but if you are looking for something specific like some Aluminum plate, you may need to go to a specific source for it. Aluminum is not a hard metal to find but it is something that has a lot of options and you may need to do a little searching to get just the right material for your project.
Scrap Yards and Used Materials
Buying used material can save some cost and if you can get the right size, thickness, and metal type. You will likely be able to work with used materials as long as they don't have a flaw or blemish that will take away from the perfect appearance of the end product you produce. Most scrap yards hold onto scrap for a long time and if you need something special, they may have it tucked away somewhere.
Take a second to ask the yard operator if you are looking for a special material because he may have just what you need somewhere that no one knows about.
New Aluminum Plate
If you need a specific material for your project, you may need to buy the aluminum plate new from a metal dealer. Some recycling yards also deal in new metals that you can get through them and can often order the material you need if they do not have it on hand already.
Aluminum comes in many different blends, so ensuring you get the right aluminum might take some research. The blend of aluminum can affect the flexibility, heat resistance, and durability of the material, so some blends are better for specific jobs than others.
Aluminum Diamond Plate
There are many options for diamond tread plate made from aluminum that may also be available through a dealer in your area. Typically this plate is a lighter weight material but extremely durable and well suited for steps, toolboxes, and even decking on truck beds. Aluminum tread plate is often used on heavy machinery as well and can be painted to match the machine color if you like.
Aluminum is a good material for decorative projects as well. When polished properly, aluminum can have a shine almost as brilliant as chrome and doesn't require as much care as chrome. With a good polishing once in a while, the plate will retain its shine over time. You can seal the plate after polishing with some wax but in most cases it does not need it.
For more information on aluminum plate, contact a resource in your area.