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What are door and board carriers made of?

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Door carriers or board carriers come in various styles and sizes Door and board carriers need to be fairly strong, for carrying heavy materials, but should be light, so they don’t add much to the weight. Carriers can be made from various materials. What they are made of is likely to affect what they can be used to carry, how expensive they are, and how durable they will be.

Plastic

Some board or door carriers are made from plastics Some base door and board carriers are made entirely from plastic. Plastics are generally weak, compared to metal. Plastic can wear and split over time, especially plastics which are not heavy-duty. If exposed to cold weather, plastic can become very brittle. However, it is lightweight, inexpensive and easy to maintain.

Metal

Metal is often used to make door or board carriers Carriers used for lifting heavier materials need to be much stronger than plastic carriers. Steel or aluminium alloys are used to make some base carriers, and all clamping carriers.
Door or board carriers made from aluminium should be strong but light

Aluminium

Aluminium is often used to make board carriers because it is very light but still strong. It should be much stronger than plastic and high-quality aluminium carriers will be nearly as strong as steel, but can be expensive.

Steel can make door or board carriers which are strong for carrying heavier sheets like window panes or sheet metal

Steel

Steel carriers will be heavier than aluminium ones, so will add to the weight of the sheet material. Steel should be stronger than aluminum and often cheaper, but it can rust.

Wonkee Donkee says "Remember all steel will rust if exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time."

Which material?

door or board carriers are made from different materials. The best carriers will be strong but light Plastic carriers are generally the cheapest, but weakest. Steel will be more expensive than plastic, but it will be the strongest material. Aluminum is likely to be the most expensive, but will be lightweight, strong and easy to maintain.