Getting the Most of different Metals to Create durable Clad Metals
More and more homeowners today are going for clad metals in comparison to other forms of cladding like wood. If not for anything else, because the versatile nature of metal clads ensures you get a functional and aesthetically appealing piece that is useful. Metal cladding is the process of creating or forming a layer over a less durable base of metal to create an aesthetically appealing, durable, and functional plate. Metal cladding is gaining in huge popularity because it is very versatile compared to galvanization or electroplating.
Besides, it needs no mentioning that the process of cladding in and by itself creates quite durable effects compared to their galvanizing or plating counterparts. That said, metal clads come in different forms and processes, each bringing its pros and cons depending on their ultimate use. generally, cladding is meant to offer the much needed extra protection exteriorly and interiorly in a building without compromising on the aesthetic appeal of the same.
Undoubtedly one of the reasons that make metal clads a favorite to most homeowners is the fact that they are quite appealing to the eye, hence one is able to kill two birds with one stone literally. Also worth mentioning is the fact that unlike other types of cladding materials, clad metals can also be ideal for roofing purposes in some circumstances. The fact that there are many different types of metals means you can rely on the fact that the wide variety will bring with it very durable results as each metal bonded together brings in its strengths. The versatility of copper, steel and aluminum is what makes the metal an attractive choice for cladding today.
One method of metal cladding is what the expert’s call overlay metal cladding. In this method, extreme pressure and heat are used to bond one layer of metal to an underlying later of metal. This method of cladding can bond to create up to seven different layers to create a strong and durable outcome. The best thing about overlay cladding is the fact that it does not require any welding, fillers, or adhesives and is often a permanent solution that bonds metal together without the worry of any separation in future.
The other common type of metal cladding is what is referred to as contact cladding. A perfect example of the application of contact metal cladding is when you want to reap the benefit of electrical conductivity and corrosive resistance nature of copper with the stretchy and tensile strength of steel. Through contact cladding, the two clad metals are bonded together to reap the benefits of both metals without having to worry the material will not be enough for its intended purpose.