At Nature Bridges, we want to build you a bridge that will last a lifetime (or longer). In order to successfully do this for our clients, we must use special materials that make our structures strong and sturdy while also helping the environment. These materials include glulam, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass.
Glulam is short for glued laminated timber, and is one of our strongest construction materials. In fact, it is even stronger than steel. Glulam is a durable wood beam that can be simple and straight or complex and curved. Aside from being one of our sturdiest materials, it also adds design value to a project due to its beauty.
Aluminum is another vital material to our structures. There are many benefits to using aluminum for our projects.
- It is 100% recyclable. Instead of excess aluminum material going to waste, it can be recycled and used again.
- It is 1/3rd the weight of steel, but holds a higher load than steel.
- Aluminum requires no maintenance thanks to its natural protective coating.
- It also is non-corrosive, which means you won’t have to deal with rusting (bonus)!
Steel is a dominant material in bridge building. This is because steel is:
- Extremely durable
- Can tolerate large loads
- Like aluminum, it also requires minimal maintenance
Fiberglass is commonly used for trail bridges and boardwalks, and offers various benefits when constructed in this setting.
- It is high-strength while also being extremely light-weight, compared to other materials.
- It offers easy installation with the use of standard hand tools.
- Fiberglass is low maintenance as it doesn’t deteriorate in harsh environments, unlike other similar materials.
- It provides your bridge or boardwalk with an attractive appearance.
We pride ourselves on our strong, sturdy structures with a variety of materials available for you to choose from. When you’re ready to build, build with us: (850)997-8585.