Benefits of Aluminum

Benefits of Aluminum

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Maintenance free
  • Lighter weight for easy and cost efficient installation
  • Longer life than steel and fiberglass
  • 100% recyclable
  • Direct buried applications
  • Breakaway designs offer greater safety on highways
  • Less deflection than fiberglass.

 

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Benefits

Disadvantages

Steel
  • Stength
  • Visible rust and corrosion
  • Weighs twice as much as aluminum
  • Limited recycle value
  • Should not be direct buried
Fiberglass
  • Can be direct buried
  • Lightweight
  • Does not have proven longevity
  • No recycle value — difficult and expensive to dispose of
  • Unless direct buried — needs aluminum base casting
  • Limited breakaway designs
  • Ultraviolet damage is common
  • Expensive maintenance costs
  • Can be damaged by mowing and trimming
Concrete
  • Can be direct buried
  • Strength
  • Never needs painting
  • Heavy — Expensive shipping costs
  • No breakaway performance
  • No recycle value
  • Difficult to install — Requires expensive installation equipment
  • More hazardous than other materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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