Extruded Aluminum Shines in Multifamily and Commercial Building Projects

Advances in extruded aluminum lead to design flexibility, lower costs and less lead times, pandemic solutions, and sustainability
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Sponsored by TAMLYN
By Erika Fredrickson

Conclusion

With the multifamily residential housing market booming to provide affordable, modern dwellings for both the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations, building professionals and interior designers have to think out of the box when it comes to materials. Extruded aluminum can be used to achieve modern design goals while protecting interior drywall surfaces from the wear and tear of rental and high-turnover properties, such as apartments and condominiums.

In addition, extruded aluminum has high potential for construction of healthy buildings, especially in a post-pandemic world where the best materials for counteracting pathogens may be desired or even required.

Finally, as extruded aluminum products for construction become more diverse, the aesthetic qualities of finishes will grow with demand. Along with aesthetics, the need to keep costs down will continue to balance out the sustainability and product quality of extruded aluminum.

Erika Fredrickson is an independent writer and editor focusing on technology, the environment, and history. She is a frequent contributor for continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications. www.confluencec.com

 

TAMLYN TAMLYN is a family-owned company with 50 years in the building products industry and has placed a great deal of recent focus on building science, especially moisture management. This direction led to the development of their TamlynWrap® line, Drainable with its 1.5mm bonded filament creating an enhanced WRB, and RainScreen 6.3 (1/4”) and 10.1 (3/8”). TamlynWrap® RainScreen is a multi-layer water management system, intended for use over existing WRB or coated sheathing, of cavity spaces that are non-compressible and act as a furring matrix to promote enhanced drainage and drying, paired with improved installation efficiency.

 

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in May 2021


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