For decades, people have been saying, “Steel is cheaper!” But the thing is…it’s not true! When you consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), aluminum is a better option, hands down. Though it may have a higher initial cost than steel, aluminum yields considerable long-term savings, as it requires no regular maintenance or treatment. Aluminum is also recyclable and has a high scrap value.
The Canadian Consulting Engineer website has recently published a study led by Alexandre de la Chevrotière, IWE, P. Eng. and Martin Hartlieb comparing two structures built for the same use, environment and climate. The first, made of steel, has required over $814,000 in repairs and maintenance since its construction in 1988. The second, made of aluminum, has required no investment whatsoever since being installed in 2002.
Published since 1957, Canadian Consulting Engineer currently distributes over 8,000 copies of its print magazine to engineering firms across Canada. On its regularly updated website, readers can also find coverage of all construction disciplines.
Read the details of the study and learn about the undeniable qualities of a lightweight, durable, and corrosion-resistant material that requires no upkeep. Aluminum: the advantage of peace of mind.