Getting the Most of different Metals to Create durable Clad Metals
Clad metals are gaining in huge popularity compared to other forms of cladding. If not for anything else, because the versatile nature of metal clads ensures you get a functional and aesthetically appealing piece that is useful. 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. 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. Ideally, cladding protects the interior or exterior of a building or structure.
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. Another attractive feature of clad metals is the ability to be used for roofing purposes. When different metals are bonded together, they complement each other’s weaknesses to create something that will be quite functional in the end. The versatility of copper, steel and aluminum is what makes the metal an attractive choice for cladding today.
A very common type of metal cladding process is what is referred to as overlay metal cladding. Ideally, this is where an expert will take a layer of metal and bond it onto an underlying layer. Through this method, one is able to create up to seven layers of strong metal. Unlike other forms of cladding, overlay metal cladding doesn’t need adhesives, fillers or any form of welding done and the good thing is that the results are always permanent.
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.