After learning more about Aluminium channels in this article you are bound to start seeing their use everywhere – by the way, there is a term for this – it is called the Baader–Meinhof phenomenon.

Aluminium channels are the building blocks of many things we see around us. In particular, the aluminium channel is a favourite of architects and builders of all kinds because channels are:

  • Versatile
  • Easy to work with
  • Strong
  • Lightweight when compared to other metals.

What are Aluminium Channels?

Traditionally the aluminium channel is a ‘C’ or ‘U’ shaped channel consisting of two ‘legs’ or flanges and a ‘web’. Which have a uniform thickness. Structural aluminium channels are stronger with a thicker web and flanges and with internal and external radius corners for added strength. See diagram below.

The aluminium channel comes in a variety of different grades. Heavier channel sections are used as trailer ramps and supports for the building industry and trailer subframes for the transport industry, to name a few examples.

The aluminium channel is anti-corrosive which means the product is resistant to rust. And because it is aluminium, pests such as termites pose no threat.

Time to change the channel

The limit to the use of the aluminium channel is your imagination. With aluminium channels being used in many applications such as display cases, glass and mirror projects, chairs, elevators, framing sliding window and door enclosures.

Let’s look at three examples:


Its lightweight nature makes it the perfect product for all framing solutions. From boatbuilding to window and door frames the aluminium channel earns its reputation of absolute versatility in this instance.

The aluminium channel is also used for the tracks and slides in glass sliding doors, it is not uncommon for a complete aluminium sliding door solution to be constructed mostly of aluminium channels.

Architectural features

Aluminium is a favourite metal amongst architects as it can be produced in many shapes and finishes. The aluminium channel can be used as a feature in homes and buildings with it being found as railings on balconies and stairwells. Aluminium channels can come in so many sizes and colours to suit any modern design.


The transport industry has adopted aluminium as one of its go-to metals. The aluminium channel can be used to build lighter vehicles which provide many benefits, with fuel efficiency being the one that is most common. Lighter frames mean that less power is required to operate the vehicle.

Ullrich Aluminium Melbourne Manager Pat Pannunzio said. “Aluminium channels provide durable and lasting protection and can support a large amount of weight, including cabinets, wardrobes and other storage and building items.”

“At Ullrich Aluminium we supply a number of different industries. And with over 50 locations around Australia and New Zealand, we are a reliable supplier, that customers in the city and country areas can rely on.”

If you need aluminium products for your next project speak to one of our expert staff. We can help you take your project to the next level.

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