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. At the very least, metal clads provide the most aesthetic appeal not to mention the fact that clad metals are quite functional especially when it comes to protection against harsh weather conditions. But what exactly is metal cladding; this is simply the use of a thinly bonded layer over a less durable base metal to create a durable, stronger, and attractive and more desirable surface. Most people today prefer clad metal over galvanized or electroplated metals thanks to the flexibility that comes with cladding a wide variety of metals that can be galvanized or electroplated.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that metal cladding come with the added benefit of incomparable durability especially when looking at electroplating and galvanizing as the other two options. Having said that, it is important to mention that the different forms and processes of clad metals will bring different results, hence each coming with its strengths and weaknesses. Basically, cladding is designed to offer protection both on the interior and exterior surfaces.
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. Common clad metals include coppers, aluminum and steel but the good thing is the versatility that each brings to the table when it comes to shape and form.
A very common type of metal cladding process is what is referred to as overlay metal cladding. In order to create this type of clad metal, a layer of metal is bonded to an underlying layer by exerting extreme pressure and heat. 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.
Contact cladding is also another method used for clad metals today. A perfect example of this is when one needs to create a wire that bears the stretchy strength of super steel without compromising on the corrosion resistance and electrical conductivity of the copper metal. This is particularly important especially when clad metals are used on a structure that is highly exposed to water, say on exterior walls.