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Planning your aluminium installation – A Handy Checklist

Aluminium installation must be planned carefully to minimise risk of damage during the fixing process.  Contractors should be instructed to carry out spot checks on sheet products covered with protective film before working or fixing commences, to ensure surface finish suitability.

aluminium installation

Follow the brief checklist below for a hassle-free installation:

  • The lightweight advantage of aluminium (34% that of steel) over other architectural materials, makes for ease of handling and fixing with a minimum number of operatives. When handling individual sheets or panels, care should be taken not to damage exposed edges or corners. Thin materials are particularly vulnerable.
  • Aluminium items have a best and reverse face. Inspect closely and ensure the best face is fixed / positioned on the most visible side.
  • Material flanges which are oversize must not be forced or hammered into position. Components requiring a reduction in size should ideally be returned to the factory for re-processing.
  • Site work such as drilling and cutting, should be avoided if at all possible. If specified, items can be supplied as accurately pre-cut and pre-drilled components subject to agreed tolerances
  • When installing or working unprotected material surfaces, a low tack self adhesive tape or covering is to be applied to prevent surface marking.
  • When site drilling is unavoidable, standard twist drills are satisfactory for most operations. For deep holes, high speed drills or bits with a steeper point of angle should be used.
  • Positions for drill holes should not be marked out along visible faces with a scored line. A pencil, or felt tip pen with removable ink or similar is to be used, which can be subsequently wiped off with a soft cloth.
  • Cutting operations can be effected by semi high-speed and high-speed saws of between 150mm and 450mm diameter, with approximately 3 teeth per 25mm. Band saws and heavy duty woodworking machines are also suitable for light work. Blades used in hand saws should be of high speed type with fairly coarse teeth.
  • After cutting, it is important that any swarf or chippings are removed from the product surface with extreme care, to avoid the possibility of scratching. These should be removed ideally with an air line or alternatively by lightly brushing away. Burrs can be removed by the use of long angle files with 14 to 20 single cut teeth per 25mm, for most fine work.
  • Remove any grease, dirt deposits, finger marks, etc, from the material surface with non abrasive cleaning agents and materials, in accordance with the GA maintenance data sheet.

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Aluminium Column Casings

Since our formation in 1979 continuous growth and innovation has seen GA become an established and respected national and international supplier of a wide range of high quality aluminium sheets, aluminium profiles , aluminium channels, aluminium angles, and stair nosings.

Column Casings
Column Casings

We are dedicated to providing a highly responsive service to match the requirements of each ‘made to order’ customer and alternatively in providing a quick and easy on-line facility for those wishing to purchase aluminium stock materials and products for immediate dispatch.

Testimonial:

‘I thought it would be quite a problem ordering aluminium sheet from overseas but your Company has been on the ball this whole time.’

Megan McDevitt, Obayashi Corp. (USA)

GA samples are supplied in attractive presentation sleeves and binders and are normally dispatched within 24 hours.

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Perforated Sheet used for Column Casings

Our modern 5 Star Processing Service accurately and rapidly fabricates Aluminium Column Casings to meet your precise specification. We have a wonderfully varied range of high quality aluminium sheet products available for your selection including a range of perforated sheet in various finishes.

To view some examples, click on the presentation below:

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Product Examples – Column Casings

Our modern 5 Star Processing Service accurately and rapidly fabricates architectural aluminium products to meet your precise requirements.

Some of our most popular items; Balustrade Panels, Column Casings, Suspended Ceiling Trays, Wall Panels etc., have been collated into easy to understand formats aided by useful checklists, clearly illustrated drawings and assembly/fitting videos.

If you are interested in choosing aluminium column casings, you can select from our diverse range of aluminium sheets that can be supplied in anodised, mill, satin brush or powder coated finishes.

Take a look at the following presentation for some examples of our column casings in situ:

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