Aluminium landscape edging is acknowledged as a serious alternative to concrete edging. However, within the scope of aluminium edging, the specification and quality of the product can vary widely. This can significantly affect the cost and ease of installation and the durability and longevity of the edging.
As an example, let’s look at AluExcel edging. This may seem more costly on paper than its alternatives, but we see why when we look at the differences between the products.
Ease of installation
AluExcel Rigid Edging features tab joiners between the feet that fully maintain the edging’s straightness but can be cut away if the edging has to be deflected slightly or follow a curve. This is similar to rival products that are claimed to be similar to AluExcel, but cutting away all those small tabs for a project that involves extensive curves can be extremely time-consuming.
That’s where AluExcel Flexible Edging, costing the same as AluExcel Rigid Edging, comes into its own. Manufactured without tab joiners, it can be quickly formed to shape on site. It is available in the same range of edging heights and finishes and uses the same joining mechanism, so flexible and rigid edging can be combined for quick installation and a consistent finish.
With a top bead thickness of up to 8.5mm, AluExcel is more robust than other aluminium edging products on the market. Tests carried out during its extensive design and development process have proven that the unique AluExcel profile increases the strength and rigidity of the edging while still allowing it to flex laterally, allowing curves.
AluExcel is made from grade 6005 T6 aluminium
When AluExcel was first launched, 6063 aluminium was the alloy of choice and is still the industry norm. However, it was soon clear that this wasn’t performing best when used with hot-rolled asphalt.
AluExcel products are now made from grade 6005 T6 aluminium, which gives
Improved resilience to heat – whilst asphalt can be laid at 180 degrees, it is often hotter
a harder surface, more resistant to scratches and dents
almost double the shear strength
higher tensile strength
While some manufacturers still claim that grade 6063 aluminium is sufficient for use with hot-rolled asphalt, changing to the better-performing grade 6005 T6 is one reason why professional contractors prefer AluExcel.
Wide range of sizes
Because AluExcel is used in many applications, from lawn edging to asphalt kerbing, we offer it in eight height options ranging from 25mm to 150mm.
This gives you a greater choice and allows the same product to be used where differing heights are required in a project – particularly helpful if an anodised or powder-coated finish has been chosen. This brings us to the next point.
Endless colour options
For projects where the edging is almost invisible, the standard mill finish of AluExcel is more than sufficient. Still, landscape architects and developers increasingly use edging to create visual impact.
This is where the versatility of AluExcel comes into its own, with a wide range of anodised and powder-coated colours that can add contrast to or complement a landscaping scheme.
Constant innovating and improving
Our passion for innovation and design excellence is the bedrock of our service to architects, designers, specifiers and contractors.
As mentioned, we aren’t satisfied with the industry-standard design and specification status quo. By studying the market and listening to our clients, we constantly develop and improve products that resolve challenges and open up new opportunities.
That’s how we make quality products that our customers and we have full confidence in, and why we will never compromise that quality.
“We would rather explain the cost of quality than apologise for anything less!”