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Everything You Should Know About Metal

Metals have been around for thousands of years. We need metal for building construction, tools, machinery, plumbing, automobiles, and more. At PTL Fabricators, we know all about metal.

Here are some interesting facts about metal:

  • 75% of all elements on the periodic table are metals.
  • Iron is the most abundant metal on earth.
    • The most common metal in the Earth’s crust is aluminum.
  • Silver conducts electricity.
  • Mercury is the only metal that’s liquid at room temperature and pressure.
  • Tungsten has the highest melting point of any metal at 3,400 degrees C.
  • Alloys contain two or more elements mixed together.
    • Usually two metals or a metal and non-metal.
    • Alloys are used in construction for their durability, strength, and resistance to weather.
    • The most common alloys are carbon steel, aluminum, copper tubing, and stainless steel.
  • Iron is galvanized by dipping it into molten metals.
    • Galvanization helps prevent rust.
  • Galvanized metal has many uses in industrial and architectural metal fabrication.
    • This is especially useful for outdoor use such as handrails, flashing and gutters, chain link fencing, nails, playground equipment, and more.
    • It is also used in aircraft, automobile, and ship production.

Up until the middle ages, the only known metals were:

  • Bronze
  • Iron
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Silver
  • Mercury

69% of all steel is recycled in North America each year.

Steel was first used for skyscrapers in 1885. The Home Insurance Building.

Brass doorknobs and handrails are used in public buildings because brass is naturally antibacterial.

Explosion Welding is a powerful process that can join nearly every kind of metal together. Most welding methods cannot do this.

When you want to know more about metal, turn to the experts at PTL Fabricators. We utilize more than 30 years of industrial experience to tackle our industry’s toughest challenges with inventive solutions. Contact us today.

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