Aluminum’s natural properties simply can’t be matched by other metals, and these properties make it ideal when used for site-built and modular buildings, classrooms and city buildings. The durability, strength and rust-resistant characteristics of aluminum steps also make them indispensable in the construction, automotive, shale-oil drilling, and aerospace industries and many other applications.

Modular Building Steps

High quality aluminum stairs and access systems, such as those designed and built by companies like REDD Team in Delhi, LA, are manufactured from 6000 series aluminum alloy with 6061-T6 for structural strength. The 6061 alloy, which includes magnesium and silicon, is the ideal substitute for heavier mild steel systems. Other benefits of aluminum include:

  • Good thermal conductivity; functioning well in cold weather, they also stay cool to the touch when the weather is hot
  • As strong as mild steel but only 1/3 to 1/2 as heavy
  • Frames can be extruded in one-piece sections, eliminating the need for mechanical joining. They are stronger and less likely to loosen over time.
  • Aluminum’s natural protective oxide coating enables it to withstand highly-corrosive situations, such as marine environments
  • The metal’s naturally attractive surface needs no additional finishing but can be painted, anodized or powder-coated, if desired
  • Aluminum requires no scraping, sanding, painting or staining, which means that it’s virtually maintenance-free
  • Aluminum can be recycled again and again without losing any of its outstanding characteristics

The PrefabMetalStairs.com team travels around the nation to assess the quality and value of the aluminum access solutions available from different manufacturers. In the process, we’ve discovered a wide range of applications for aluminum steps, ramps and platforms, including:

  1. Construction and Mobile Offices – Aluminum stairs and platforms provide safe working/walking access on any site and can even be used on sloped surfaces wherever it’s possible to anchor them. Because they’re modular,  they can be used alone or joined together into longer spans. They offer a solution for access to different building levels, hilly terrain, across gravel pits, road/rail embankments, and other hard-to-reach areas.
  2. Municipalities and Schools – Aluminum steps provide code-compliant access to portable classrooms and municipal buildings. They can be disassembled, moved and reassembled in new locations and in different configurations, making them extremely cost-effective. They are durable, slip-resistant, non-combustible and maintenance-free.
  3. Marine Applications – Aluminum stairs and ramps are ideal for access to recreational and commercial activities in harsh coastal environments. They can provide floating dock access in marinas and waterfront parks. Although wood becomes slippery when it gets wet, causing many injuries, aluminum steps are slip-resistant and self-draining. They resist rust and corrosion and are well-suited to even the most challenging environments.
  4. Oil, Gas and Mining Applications – Modular aluminum steps are the ideal solution for the man camps that have sprung up in remote locations throughout the Midland Basin, Permian Basin, and other oil and shale extraction areas in Texas, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Worker accommodation in these locations require maximum comfort and durability. Aluminum steps can withstand the harsh conditions of any remote site.

Consider aluminum steps for a durable, cost-effective way of providing temporary or permanent access to modular buildings and remote locations where flexibility is a necessity. Aluminum’s non-corrosive, non-magnetic, and non-sparking qualities make it an excellent material for equipment access stairs, exit stairs, mezzanine access stairs, and a variety of other uses.