At Monroe Truck Equipment, we’re always considering what materials to use when creating our customer’s ideal work truck solutions. Through the years, we have found that aluminum continues to be one of the most popular options due to the material’s distinct advantages. Below, we’re sharing all the advantages of upfitting using aluminum, and why our customers continue to demand the material.
One of the most influential elements of choosing aluminum for your truck body is the weight of the material, which provides many advantages. This lightweight material can provide better mileage than steel, which means fewer dollars at the gas pump, which is particularly important right now.
Another advantage of aluminum’s light weight is that it allows for an increased payload. An aluminum body can weigh 30-50% less than a steel body, allowing for more “wiggle room” for equipment because the body itself is lighter. Depending on what equipment and materials you use for work, this can be a real advantage.
Aluminum is an incredibly corrosion-resistant material. For customers who live in cold, rainy, and snowy climates this is a real advantage. Other materials may require additional painting or coating for full protection. Aluminum naturally resists rust and corrosion, making it simple to maintain and ensuring the long-term resale value of your truck body.
For those who are concerned about the entire lifecycle of material, aluminum provides a categorical advantage– it is infinitely recyclable. According to the Aluminum Association, aluminum is one of the most recycled—and recyclable—materials in use today and the process can happen virtually infinitely. As a result, nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today! In most industrial markets like automotive and building, recycling rates for aluminum exceed 90%.
The entire Monroe Truck Equipment team works to find the best solutions for our customers. If you want to learn more about how to create your ideal work truck or work truck fleet, reach out to the Monroe team today.