There are many versions of aluminum plates, but diamond plates are a type of aluminum metal stock corrugated with a diamond pattern on the surface to increase traction and stability. They are extremely lightweight and the reverse sides of the plates are featureless to allow for seamless installations. Most of the time, they are used for stairs, catwalks, walkways and ramps.
The most prominent feature of aluminum diamond plates is that they are one of the most slip-resistant materials available for the public. They are often used as the flooring for high-intensity environments such as the compartment floors of ambulances and fire trucks. Additionally, for civil engineering, the diamond plates are an important method of protecting pedestrians from falling. Construction companies use the diamond plates as the surface for hatch covers and crosswalks to prevent the creation of slippery pathways.
However, due to the diamond perforations of the surface of the material, the diamond plate can be a tough substance to clean. The metal collects dirt very easily and the best way to restore the appearance of the metal is to use phosphoric spray. Duct tape can be used to ensure that the acid does not affect the un-contaminated areas of the aluminum. The diamond plate should be sprayed with the phosphoric spray for around 25 minutes, rinsed and scrubbed with a sponge afterwards, and then polished.
Unfortunately, although the diamond surface of the material can be cleaned, it is not possible to recover the anti-slip properties of the metal. The slip resistance is the most important aspect of the material when it is used in a public setting and since the material is created through hot rolling-which is a process where the grains deform during manufacturing, and then re-crystalize, to create a surface that does not harden-they need to be replaced.
Finally, even though aluminum diamond plates are used many ways in the public setting, they are also an item that can be used decoratively since the highly polished metal is aesthetically pleasing. The interior of homes can be enhanced through using diamond plates as an interlocking tile system installed in gyms, garages, or exercise rooms.