Does Metal Behave Differently in Arizona?

Living in the desert of central Arizona, we all know what the Arizona heat can do to our mental health and our bodies. By August or September in Phoenix, even the hardiest of us begin to wilt! “When will it end?” But how does the Arizona heat affect metal?

At Precision Metal Manufacturing, located in Mesa, AZ, we know that we really have two seasons – Summer and ‘Not Summer’. Dealing with CNC machinery and welding sends our shop temperatures soaring in the summer. But, do we have to take into account the effect of the Arizona heat on the metal parts and products we manufacture?

Metal behavior can be influenced by various environmental factors, including temperature, humidity, and exposure to elements like sunlight and moisture. Of course, central Arizona’s climate, characterized by hot, dry weather and intense sunlight, can indeed affect how metal behaves in several ways:

  1. Thermal Expansion and Contraction: Metro Phoenix’s high temperatures can cause metals to expand, while cooler temperatures at night can lead to contraction. This cycle of expansion and contraction can put stress on metal structures, potentially leading to fatigue, warping, or cracking over time.
  2. Corrosion: While Arizona’s low humidity and limited rainfall reduces the risk of corrosion compared to more humid climates, metals can still corrode, especially when exposed to moisture from sources like rainfall, irrigation systems, or condensation. Dust and sand particles blown by desert winds can also abrade metal surfaces, accelerating corrosion in some cases.
  3. Sun Exposure: Intense sunlight in Arizona can heat metal surfaces to high temperatures, potentially leading to thermal expansion and causing discomfort for individuals touching exposed metal objects. We’ve all grabbed that exposed door handle in June, and immediately regretted it!  Sunlight can also cause metal surfaces to fade or degrade over time if they are not properly protected with coatings or finishes.
  4. Material Selection: In response to Arizona’s climate, builders and engineers may select specific types of metals or coatings that are more resistant to heat, UV radiation, and corrosion. For example, aluminum and stainless steel are often preferred for outdoor applications due to their durability and resistance to corrosion.

Overall, while metal behavior in Arizona may differ from that in other climates due to our unique environmental conditions, working with local experts who can advise proper material selection, design, and maintenance practices can help mitigate potential challenges, and ensure the longevity and performance of metal structures and components.


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We take pride in the level of craftsmanship and expertise we provide, and the local knowledge we have. Our customers’ satisfaction is paramount on every job, so we aim to maintain the highest level of quality and consistency in every part we produce – from start to finish. We demand the very highest standards of ourselves for our customers. Contact us today to talk about your job.

Call 480-987-2466 or email to schedule a meeting with our general manager, Michael Stimens.

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