Summertime is Aluminum Time

10 Ways Aluminum Makes Summer Better

As summer approaches, thoughts of ballparks, boat rides, camp fires, 4th of July festivities and barbecues immediately come to mind. Summertime means good food, relaxation and sunshine.  What’s often forgotten is how vital our favorite metal is to making summer something special. 

Here are 10 ways aluminum is used throughout the summer.

  1. Baseball stadiums: Many modern baseball stadiums make major use of aluminum. From the bleachers and seating to primary construction to the building façade itself, aluminum is used to create the look and feel of the stadium. Aluminum building products are weather-proof, corrosion-resistant and immune to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.
  2. Aluminum foil: A common staple in everyday life, aluminum foil is found at the baseball stadium, used for quick clean-up during the backyard barbecue and covers leftovers put in the refrigerator.  
  3. Aluminum cans and bottles: Beverages packaged in aluminum chill quickly and boast superior protective properties.  They’re perfect for venues like stadiums, parks or the beach and can be recycled over and over again and made into new cans or bottles.
  4. Boats: An alloy specific for marine use is used in many boats, including pontoon and fishing boats.  Many of the parts on boats including propellers are made of aluminum because of its durability and resistance to rust. In fact, Apple pioneer Steve Jobs had a yacht made of aluminum.
  5. Patio furniture: A lot of patio furniture is made of aluminum because it is light enough for the consumer to move around and durable for outdoor wear and tear.  Aluminum doesn’t rust and it doesn’t split like wood, so it can withstand the elements.
  6. Boat docks: Much like patio furniture, boat docks can be made of aluminum for durability and strength.  Aluminum holds up against wear and tear and doesn’t have to be replaced as often as other materials.
  7. Capri-Suns: Did you know that this common summer drink for kids is packaged in an aluminum foil?
  8. Air Conditioners: The condensers and evaporators, generally known as heat exchangers, in air conditioners are made out of aluminum. Whether they are cooling you car’s engine, your house or the International Space Station, aluminum’s high thermal conductivity makes it the ideal material of choice.
  9. Airstream RV: An icon really, the Airstream RV is an aluminum RV. Lightweight and easy to tow, it’s a home away from home.  Wally Byam, the inventor of Airstream was committed to using aluminum.  Here are 6 things you didn’t know about the Airstream.
  10. Bicycle: Aluminum is a common material used in bikes, though carbon fiber and steel are used as well.  Aluminum is making a comeback in the racing bike market as well.

 

Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture and bacteria.

Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture and bacteria. For this reason, foil is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Aluminum foil is also used to make aseptic packaging. This type of packaging enables storage of perishable goods without refrigeration.

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