What to Know Before Purchasing Aluminum Tread Plate

An aluminum tread plate is a silver-colored, low density metal that finds use in a large variety of commercial applications.  Aluminum tread plates have a raised checkered pattern which provides slip resistance.  Due to aluminum’s moderate strength and corrosion resistance, it is installed in industries such as aerospace, transportation and food processing facilities.  Before purchasing aluminum tread plates, you may consider the following:

  • Application
    • Common applications for aluminum tread plates are ramps, bridge decks, conveyer covers, docks, pedestrian walkways, pull box covers, platforms, vault covers, stair treads, road plates, trench covers or industrial flooring.
  • Specifications
    • In order to receive pricing from different companies you must know the dimensions (length, width, and thickness), material type and quantity or you may send a detailed drawing.
    • You also may want to add a finish such as a different alloy or simply painting the surface a safety yellow or black color.
  • Slip Resistance
    • Aluminum checker plate’s raised pattern might not provide enough traction for pedestrians, especially when the surface becomes wet or oily.
    • You may look into applying a non-slip coating to the surface or retrofitting a slip resistant surface over the top.
  • Fabrication
    • Aluminum tread plates can be custom fabricated to your specifications.
    • They can be sheared, welded, flame cut, torch cut, laser / water-jet cut, plasma cut or countersunk and drilled.
  • Pricing
    • Researching different manufacturers is extremely important.  Make sure you have a sample piece sent to you so you can determine the quality of the product and if it’s appropriate for your application.  You could also ask the company if you could order a custom piece for you to install and test.
    • Just because the initial cost is lower, doesn’t always mean it’s high quality. You want a product that will last in the long run, with minimal maintenance, slip resistance and durability.

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