Commonly referred to as ‘checkered plate’, ‘tread plate, or ‘durbar plate’, aluminum diamond plating is a type of lightweight metal with a pattern of raised diamonds on one side, with the other side being smooth and featureless. While mainly being composed of aluminum, it does come in steel and stainless steel. The added texture reduces the risk of slipping, which makes aluminum diamond plating perfect for the stairs, ramps, and walkways of your trailer. The non-slip characteristics of the design make it perfect for the interior floor of your trailer as well as footplates of petals.
Aluminum diamond plating is manufactured by the use of an embossing process, during which raised or sunken designs are created on sheets of metal. This can be accomplished in one of two ways: (1) By passing sheeting metal through roller dies in a single motion, or (2) by passing the sheet metal through rollers of different sizes and proportions with the desired pattern. The latter of the two takes several steps, but either process uses a combination of heat and pressure to mold the aluminum sheeting into the desired thickness. The roller pairs create the gradual reduction of the metal sheeting thickness, typically via a stationary upper roller and a revolving lower roller. Once the desired thickness is achieved, the aluminum sheeting is then passed through the aforementioned roller dies to create the diamond pattern.
Your trailer is a large investment that is not only functional, but is an extension of your personality. You purchased that particular one for its effectiveness, but also for the aesthetic that it holds. Naturally, you would want to ensure that your trailer is fortified, protected, and made as safe as possible for you and your family. When it comes to doing so – yet still preserving the overall appearance – aluminum diamond plating is the perfect solution. Conveniently able to be made in any size you need, it does not peel, flake, or corrode. This will ensure that it can withstand heavy use, lots of foot-traffic, and even abuse brought on by the outside environment in which you take it. Furthermore, the beautiful, chrome-like shine adds to the physical appeal of your trailer and increases its value for when – and if – you decide to sell.
The thicker, 1/8 aluminum diamond plating is used for the heavier applications, such as the access and loading ramps of your trailer, the tailgate ramps, the interior flooring, and protection of the side plates, loading areas, and even mud flaps. The previously mentioned non-slip properties add an extra safety feature to steps, ramps, foot ledges, and walkways.
With aluminum diamond plating, your trailer will be transformed into the safest it can be, as well as the most durable. It will hold up to any environment you take it into, whether it be the desert or a dense forest with a lot of underbrush and scraping, low-hanging branches. It makes it safe for your entire family, and will help you to create precious memories that you will cherish for years to come.