Malleable Metals

Malleability refers to the the property of many metals which allows them to be deformed deform under compressive stress by hammering or pressing (like rolling). Although the most malleable metal is gold, aluminum, copper and zinc are most used in architectural structures because of both their lowest cost and ease of use for installation.  Obviously, the lower the malleability, the more the cost for rolling (because more compression is required) and shipping/handling costs.

Other malleable metals, arranged from high to low malleability are:

  • Silver
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Tin
  • Platinum
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Nickel

Which is better for architecture: Aluminum, Copper or Zinc? Here’s what should be considered:

Pros Cons
Aluminum Pros Cons
Copper Pros Cons
Zinc Pros Cons

Ultimately though, simply have a consultation with the experts at Canoga Sheet Metal. Contact Us so we can help you make the best decision for your next project.


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