Should You Use Aluminum Plates for Your Nameplate Needs?

BY Rowena Taylor

Aluminum Plates

Aluminum is a metal that is being used for many things and this is due to its many admirable qualities. Aside from being one of the more cost-effective metals around, this particular substance is also lightweight, resistant to rust and tarnish, is conductive of electricity and heat, and is recyclable. With this list of qualities, why would you not use aluminum plates for your nameplate needs?

Well, as it turns out, while aluminum is indeed a metal with many sterling qualities, it also has some drawbacks to its name. One such drawback that makes some people think twice about using this material for any of their needs is that aluminum dents rather easily. When compared to steel, it is also necessary to use more of this material to get the same strength as steel, effectively negating any savings you may expect to have when choosing to use this material.

Of course, this just means that if you need a sturdier and tougher metal, you should opt for other types that have similar qualities as aluminum, such as stainless steel. You will also have to consider the weight of the alternative metals you will use in the place of aluminum though, since some of these are indeed heavier and bulkier. Some of these alternative metals are also more expensive, more difficult to work with and customize, and may not be as versatile as aluminum.

When Aluminum Plates are Ideal for Nameplate Creation

Aluminum SheetsIn order for you to make an educated decision regarding whether or not aluminum plates are ideal for your nameplate needs, or other metals are better in its stead, you need to assess first where these plates are to be used. You need to know the conditions these plates will be exposed to, and you will have to use these factors to decide ultimately whether or not aluminum is the metal for such a purpose.

Some of the factors you need to take into consideration include whether or not these plates will be subjected to heat, cold, inclement weather, oil, dirt and chemicals, to name but a few. Aluminum can withstand most of these things admirably, and is a great material to use for metal nameplates that will not be exposed to undue physical pressure. Aluminum, when used in a rather thick form, is prone to breaking rather than bending, so you will need to also consider the possibility of using thick aluminum plates for your nameplates when these are to be exposed to such circumstances. You might want to use stainless steel in this instance since this particular metal can bend rather well.

If you need metal nameplates that are lightweight, then aluminum is what you need. If the nameplate you require has to be impervious to damage brought about by certain chemicals, then aluminum should also be considered. You should also put into play the kind of marking method that you will use when you decide on the material to use for your nameplates. If you are thinking of anodizing or photosensitizing as your marking method, aluminum is once again your metal of choice.

Also part of the considerations you need to make when choosing materials for your metal nameplate needs is cost. If you are thinking low-cost, then aluminum plates are the way to go – that is if you are to use thin sheets for this. Thicker aluminum can cost more so you will need to compare the pros and cons of using thick stainless steel versus thick aluminum in this case. If in doubt, it might be a good idea to ask the help of your favorite manufacturer for advice regarding which is best for your particular use.

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