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I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Key Qualities That Make Aluminium Products Highly Sought After in the Building and Construction World

by Chloe Cooper

The use of aluminium products in the building and construction industry is extensive. Aluminium can be used to manufacture windows and doors, siding, roofing products, rain gutters and downspouts, handrail systems, cladding systems, et cetera, et cetera. The main reason behind the widespread use of aluminium in the building and construction world is the many benefits that the material has to offer.

Here are a number of key properties that make aluminium an ideal choice of material for manufacturing building and construction products.

Aluminium is corrosion resistant

Corrosion is the undisputed number-one enemy of most metal materials. The good news is, aluminium is not one of these metals. Because it is highly reactive metal, aluminium readily reacts with oxygen present in the atmosphere to create a protective coating of aluminium oxide over it. The metal's oxide coating provides an effective layer of protection against the elements that typically degrade other metal materials. 

Aluminium is relatively robust

Let's get it right. Aluminium is not the strongest construction material, but it is most certainly among the strongest ones available on the market at the moment. What aluminium lacks in strength, it makes up for in the form of better malleability. That said, aluminium can be pushed to limits beyond which even steel would get cracked or ripped. And, when extra strength is needed, alloyed aluminium can always be made as tough and resilient as steel.

Aluminium is lightweight

Aluminium is an ideal choice for building designs that require a balance between strength and weight. Steel construction is often favourable when strength prioritised, but building contractors often have to tolerate increased weight. With aluminum, structures as strong as those built with steel can be built with the added bonus of being lightweight.

Aluminium is fully recyclable

There is an increased awareness in the general public about the importance of environmental protection and conservation. Modern builders and building owners want to be associated with building projects that are environmentally sensitive. Using aluminium is seen as a good move for the environment because the material is 100% recyclable upon reaching the end of its lifespan. This reduces the demand for virgin aluminium, and also adds years of life to old products. 

Clearly, there are good reasons as to why the use of aluminium products in the building and construction industry is so prevalent. You should definitely consider using these products when it is time for your construction project.