Homeowners are continuing to invest in updating their front porches. These exterior facelifts can offer a peek at the design and personality of the home behind the front door.
What connects Quality Edge with the most extreme Formula 1 (F1) race cars?
The cost of a Formula 1 race car is somewhere between $12 and $15 million. With high speeds and even higher stakes, every component has to perform, which is why racing engineers look to aluminum.
An F1 engine is one of the most impressive feats of engineering you’ll ever see. Gas temps at the time of combustion skyrocket near 2,600 Celsius—half as hot as the surface of the sun. The consequent pressure forces on each piston are equivalent to the weight of four elephants. 9.25 million combustions occur in one race, and a single combustion error will result in a terminal failure of the engine. And all of this happens within an aluminum housing.
An F1 race car’s brakes are just as impressive—a complex mix of downforce, mechanics, and electronics. Reaching speeds of 200+ mph, watching these cars on television doesn’t even begin to describe the speed at which they’re going. And aluminum plays a critical role in the brake system’s performance.
In Formula 1, weight is everything. Aluminum is the ideal material for keeping the weight of the car down without sacrificing strength.Martin Brundle, Former Formula 1 Driver and Commentator
Aluminum is also trusted for safety. The bird cages that surround the drivers are often constructed from aluminum to better improve performance and safety. Aluminum can absorb twice the amount of crash energy as other materials, increasing its performance during an accident and diminishing the impact on the driver. “You’re safer in the race car than you are in cars going to and from the track,” said Mario Andretti, former racing driver.
At Quality Edge, we know your home will never be racing around a track, but we do know that there’s no force like Mother Nature. That’s why our engineers look at your roof trim, flashings or soffit the same way an F1 engineer looks at a race car—always asking how something can withstand extreme environmental pressure and maintain its integrity over time.