What Does Anodizing Do for Aluminum Extrusions

Posted By: | Date: 04-04-2023

Used heavily in construction and manufacturing, custom aluminum extrusions are used across industries for many reasons, primarily their strength, durability, and flexibility. When you choose leading custom aluminum extrusion suppliers, your order can be designed to meet the exact requirements of your specific projects, including shape, size, and style. To further enhance the performance and fit of your aluminum extrusions, Offshore Direct Metals or OD Metals can anodize the components. 

To learn more about the benefits of custom aluminum extrusion anodization, keep reading. 

What Are Custom Aluminum Extrusions?

custom aluminum extrusion companyCustom aluminum extrusions are used for a number of reasons including window frames, railings, car frames, signage, electrical elements, and so much more. Created by heating an aluminum alloy, and forcefully pushing it through a custom die to create a hollow or custom cross-section shape, custom aluminum extrusions can be created in a vast range of shapes, sizes, lengths, and even colors. 

One their own, custom aluminum extrusions provide benefits and are popular because they're lightweight, strong, durable, corrosion resistant, and offer exceptional thermal resistance. The properties make custom aluminum extrusions favorites for exposure to the elements, perfect for a vast network of industries including construction, retail, marine, aerospace, and more. For further customizations, custom aluminum extrusion suppliers also offer anodizing. 

What is Anodizing?

Anodizing is a process that involves immersing aluminum extrusions in an electrolytic solution and passing an electric current through the solution. This causes an oxide layer to form on the surface of the aluminum, which can be further treated with dyes, coatings, or sealants to create a variety of finishes. Anodizing provides several benefits for aluminum extrusions, including increased durability, corrosion resistance, and aesthetic appeal.

The Benefits of Anodizing

One of the main benefits of anodizing is that it creates a hard, durable surface that can withstand wear and tear. This makes it ideal for applications where aluminum extrusions will be exposed to harsh environments or frequent use. Anodizing also creates a barrier layer that protects against corrosion, which can extend the life of the extrusion and reduce maintenance costs over time.

In addition to its functional benefits, anodizing can also improve the appearance of aluminum extrusions. The anodizing process can be customized to create a range of finishes, from matte to glossy, and can even be treated with dyes or coatings to achieve a specific color or texture. This makes anodized aluminum extrusions a popular choice for architectural applications, where aesthetics are just as important as function.

Why Choose OD Metals

Offshore Direct Metals or OD Metals is North America’s leading supplier of custom aluminum extrusions. With facilities located globally, you can count on us for reliable services and high-quality results. 

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