Before it was even cool, we were all recycling aluminum. Maybe you have childhood memories of hefting huge bags of aluminum cans into the grocery store to turn in for money. And if your family had one of the always-enviable can crushers, you could fit even more precious aluminum cans into each bag. While we may not have realized then the significance of what we were doing then, we certainly realize it now. And as we approach Earth Day, the environmental importance of aluminum stands out even more.

Speaking of those cans you hauled around as a child, the world is likely still enjoying the benefit of that labor today. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, so the cans you open today probably contain aluminum from a soft drink someone enjoyed decades ago. According to the International Aluminum Institute, of the 1 billion tons of aluminum ever produced, over 75% of that is still in use and circulation.

Also, recycling old aluminum cans uses about 95% less energy than creating new cans does. It also produces 95% less greenhouse gasses than creating new aluminum cans or other items. Also, since gas usage is on everyone’s mind, you may be interested to know that the amount of aluminum recycled per year saves the energy equivalent of 1.3 billion gallons of gas.

And if you have a construction company in Arizona, you’ve likely realized the value of using aluminum in your projects. 

  • Aluminum is strong and durable yet lightweight, making it ideal for a large, lasting structure without causing it to be too heavy. 
  • In our sunny state, anything that can lessen the impact of the sun’s heat is crucial. Aluminum is a more reflective metal, allowing buildings to stay cooler in the summer. 
  • Aluminum is resistant to corrosion. Not only does this lead to its timeless quality, but cut edges don’t need to be protected or treated. This is because when cut, aluminum develops a layer of aluminum oxide on the surface exposed to air.
  • It’s flexible! Aluminum can be molded, bent, curved, melted, or cast for whatever your Phoenix building project requires.
  • Versatility is key in construction, and aluminum can be used just about anywhere. Common aluminum structures include window frames, door frames, roofs, walls, external facades, railings, and more.

Davis Metals and Salvage wants to be your source for this versatile, beneficial metal. In our expansive warehouse, we have aluminum bars, sheets, pipes, solids, bars, and more. No matter the size and volume needed for your project, Davis has your aluminum in Phoenix for whatever you need. And when you pair our unmatched Phoenix Metal Supply with our expertise and experience in the metal industry, Davis Metals is the clear choice.