Stainess Steel vs Aluminum

Perfect Plaque: Stainless Steel Plaques over Aluminum Plaques

Like people, not all plaques are the same. At Plaque Direct, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the proper insight in order to choose the perfect plaque – giving you peace of mind and assurance that you’ve found the best fit.

Choosing The Correct Metal

The firs step is choosing the correct metal for your plaque. There are an array of options from Stainless Steel Plaques to Aluminum Plaques and Bronze Plaques. However, the first step is to determine if you plaque will be indoors or outdoors.

Once you have established if you would like an outdoor plaque or an indoor plaque; your choice can be narrowed down easily into 3 categories as seen below.

The Ideal Plaque: Stainless Steel Plaques 

  • Longevity

Stainless Steel is a premium quality material know for its ability to withstand long-term exposure to all elements including salt, water, snow and direct sunlight. Given this; it is ideal for both outdoor plaques and indoor plaques thanks to its durability, endurance and corrosion resistance unlike other metals such as Aluminum Plaques and Brass Plaques which will tarnish. 

Stainless Steel Plaques are perfect to memorialize your loved ones for a lifetime in the form of grave plaques, tree plaques, cemetery plaques, bench plaques, garden memorial plaques and many more. The options are endless with our premium quality stainless steel.

  • Cost-Effective 

Stainless Steel Plaques are of high quality and cost-effective; leaving both you and your loved ones at ease for a lifetime. 

  • Designs Are Limitless

At Plaque Direct, we use the latest technology of laser etching to ensure the highest quality of your finalized stainless steel plaque. With our caring and trusted team of designers, you can rest assured that your memorial plaque will meet your exact vision and design specifications. 

Indoor Plaques: Bronze Plaques

Given that Brass is sensitive to light and the elements; it is an ideal plaque for indoor use. We have three choices for interior Brass Plaques below:

  • Brass:

With it’s eye-catching appearance of gold; the classic Brass Plaque will stand out exquisitely in any in office or firm. 

  • Antique-Style Brass:

A classic, antique-looking brass with golden undertones that is unique and eye-catching, fit for various uses from law firms to offices and schools.

  • Blackened Brass:

This type of brass has been fully oxidized to showcase its rich and bold color, giving it a timeless and prestigious feel to any interior space such as offices, donor plates, entrances, and more.

The (shockingly) Worst Plaque: Aluminum Plaques

Many clients have asked if we carry Aluminum Plaques and we have stopped producing them for a number of reasons. 

  • Aluminum’s Impact On The Environment 

At Plaque Direct, we do what we can in order to reduce our impact on the environment and by not using Aluminum plaques, it’s one small step in doing our part to become more “green”.

As transcribed on greenlivingtips.com: “Compared to most other metals, aluminum is extremely difficult to extract from its ore, called bauxite. It takes around 4 to 5 tons of high-grade bauxite ore to produce one ton of aluminum. This process requires a lot of mining and land degradation, a lot of energy expelled, highly corrosive sludge waste afterwards polluting waterways and a major issue of emission of perfluorocarbons (PFCs)- powerful greenhouse gasses that remain permanently in the atmosphere once released.”

  • You Get What You Pay For

The saying “you get what you pay for” holds true when it comes to Aluminum Plaques. 

At Plaque Direct, we want to ensure top quality, satisfaction, and longevity of our products and although aluminum plaques are more cost-effective in the short term given their lightweight; they will show signs of corrosion rapidly and is not a viable option in the long term.

With knowledge comes power and creating your personalized plaque with Plaque Direct couldn’t be easier! Click the link below for your easy-to-follow & guided customized plaque: