• Strength & Load Capacity – When compared with aluminum pipe, Gatorshield tubing exhibits an average 60% greater load-carrying capacity in tension. In the weld area, the strength differences are even greater, as aluminum loses 50% of its strength in the weld area, requiring welds to be placed in low-stress areas of a structure.
  • Opportunity to reduce gauge & lower your material costs – Since Gatorshield tubing is stronger than aluminum, less material can be used. Steel’s substantially lower material cost (about 50%) combined with the need for less material can create dramatic cost savings. In todays marketplace, Aluminum prices continue to escalate. SupplyRite’s stocking program can give you material cost control.
  • Less Bracing- Fewer Welds – Steel structures require significantly fewer welds (there is less need for structural bracing). The result is lower welding labor costs. Welding Gatorshield tubing also requires less expensive equipment and materials. And unlike aluminum, Gatorshield tubing can be easily welded in the field.
  • Easy to fabricate & less post installation maintanence – Allied’s ductile steel tubing withstands the bending and forming work required for custom awning designs, playground equipment, etc. Aluminum, however, continues to age-harden while in storage, and can break during fabrication.
  • Less expensive than Aluminum – Gatorshield steel tubing is easily and less expensively painted or powder-coated than aluminum, which must go through extensive cleaning and other costly pre-coating processes. Because Gatorshield’s third coat has the same paint chemistry and surface consistency as expensive primers, finish adhesion is excellent.
  • Looks great – Allied’s zinc products exhibit a bright, smooth finish that retains its attractive appearance for an extended period. Aluminum turns a dark, dull gray as it ages.
  • Vandalism an issue? – Using steel reduces theft and vandalism…the scrap value of aluminum is more than 10 times that of steel.