What Are the Most Common Construction Metals?

If you were to visit a construction site and ask what materials they most often used, what would you find there? Typically, the most common construction materials include carbon steel, aluminum, copper tubing and stainless steel. These materials are commonly found in buildings all around the world. They’re used in all sorts of applications, including some small ones as well as large ones.

Carbon Steel

What are most beams for structural framework made from? Carbon steel is used thanks to its hardness and strength. You can also find carbon steel used in bridges, trailer beds, welded frames, and plates for highway construction. Carbon steel combines carbon and iron together.


How about aluminum? Thanks to its resistance to corrosion, aluminum stands up well to harsh weather. It’s also conductive and ductile. Street signs, street lights, windows, and doors are oftentimes made of aluminum. Many vehicles including boats, bikes, cars and trucks use aluminum, too. Eagle Alloys sells aluminum, including 4047 aluminum alloy and 4032 aluminum alloy in castings, forgings, billets, foil, fin, coil, ribbon, strip, sheet, plate, wire, rods, bar, tubing, rings, blanks and custom sizes. For an aluminum overview, check here.

Copper Tubing

When buildings need good pipes, they utilize copper tubing which is easily soldered and able to form lasting bonds. Sure, you could have plastic pipes, but copper ones are higher quality.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel, which is both corrosion and stain resistant, is actually an alloy of several metals. Ductile and easily welded, you’ll find stainless steel used in roofing, handrails and drainage components. And a lot of people love stainless steel appliances.

These are just some of the most common metals used in construction. Do you want more info? Call Eagle Alloys of Talbott, Tennessee, at 800-237-9012, or email sales@eaglealloys.com.

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