What’s the Best Quality Sheet Metal for Ductwork?

When installing ducts in a facility, the type of material that goes into these systems is often overlooked. However, one of the most important elements in ductwork is sheet metal. If you want your ducts to work effectively and efficiently, you need ducts with designs that can prevent leakage when moving air through the HVAC system, and sheet metal is the key. There are a couple of different types of sheet metal materials that are ideal for use in ductwork:

  • Galvanized mild steel
  • Aluminum

With either of these materials, your system will be able to effectively maintain the air quality in any space with minimal risk of leakage. Galvanized mild steel is used most often for building ducts. This material’s zinc coating helps prevent corrosion and rust buildup. Its versatility also allows fabricators to design ducts in different shapes to meet specific installation needs.

Ducts make with galvanized mild steel are always fabricated using duct wrap, which helps reduce noise and prevent the loss of cold or hot air that could otherwise occur without any insulation in place. Some ductwork is made with insulation panels that don’t require any additional lining and are suitable for instant installation. With the help of this insulation, you can benefit from additional cost-effectiveness and reduced energy expenses.

Aluminum sheet metal is another popular option because of its lightweight construction that facilitates easy installation. Aluminum sheets typically consist of pre-insulated panels. Once the duct sections are cut to size, sections are attached at the seams using aluminum tape and glue.

The ductwork that Meets Industry Standards

Top-quality ductwork made with galvanized mild steel and aluminum sheet metals will meet Energy Star® standards, which means that these systems are among the most energy-efficient. A reliable sheet metal fabricator will be able to provide you with sufficient steel or aluminum duct systems that meet these standards while helping ensure you get the most from your ductwork, lowering energy costs and maximizing your HVAC system’s longevity.

In addition to long-lasting and efficient ductwork, a good fabricator will also be able to cover nearly every other aspect of your HVAC systems, providing custom fabrication for a wide variety of components such as offsets, duct elbows, and transitions. If you’re ready to get started, call (408) 295-2182 today!