Aluminum is found in soda cans and in cars. It’s a versatile metal in many respects, and that extends far enough that it is a useful part of home improvement and building. First, aluminum’s strength is particularly suited to supporting glass and it can be shaped relatively easily, making it an appropriate choice for some of the more precise metal features of a home such as window sills.
Aluminum framing for any feature of the household is a good long-term prospect, due to its famed abilities to color match with what it should be relative to the (other) building materials around it. Although the metal is strong, it is pliable both in a welding sense and a holistic sense.
This extends to its role in “green living”. Aluminum is one of the most easily recycled metals and building materials to date, and has no comparison in that regard that also shares its other positive qualities. Like the soda cans that are made with it, house-bound aluminum will last long beyond its point of use, and provide a building material that can be used without worry of long-term viability.
However, aluminum is not scalable to an existing project very easily. The same advantages that make its use in precision projects viable mean that it is difficult to force two previously-finished pieces of aluminum together. When adding aluminum parts to an existing project, the aluminum, more than any other type of building material, must be molded to what will exist around it.
As a material for building small-scale projects such as houses, aluminum is not always suitable compared to concrete, which provides stability and traps heat better than metals. A rule of thumb is that in cases where steel is used, aluminum can often be carefully substituted for a result that is more bio-degradable, lighter, and more aesthetically pleasing. For example, commonly used aluminum diamond plates are found for both its non-slip properties as well as for aesthetically; you can learn more about them from SizeMetal.
Aluminum’s natural properties allow it to be hurricane- and storm-resistant, used correctly, and this applies even to personal projects which could employ the metal. Its inherent properties will allow any facet of a building made out of it to enjoy decent protection, assuming general safety advice is followed to begin with.
Although aluminum is still more expensive than steel in many parts of the world, it is affordable enough that anyone building or improving a home for long-term stability and short-term effectiveness should consider using it where possible. The metal is used in most large-scale building projects in the US, such as skyscrapers, and is suitable for projects of all other sizes downward.