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Why Aluminum

Gator began as a small aluminum dock fabricator over 4 decades ago and is now a premier bridge manufacturer and custom bridge builder. Throughout our long history, we expanded our team and our line of products to include the highest performance aluminum structures to span land as well as water.  

We have the staff and knowledge to build our bridges out of any of the traditional bridge materials. However, Gator continues to choose aluminum as our sole structure material. We truly believe that our aluminum bridge designs have the best combination of characteristics to achieve the longest-lasting, highest performance pedestrian and utility bridges.

If you are not familiar with the benefits of building structures out of aluminum, check out this impressive list below: 

Gator's aluminum bridges have high strength to weight ratios.

High Strength to Weight Ratio

Aluminum is about a third the weight of steel yet it has a higher load bearing capacity than steel when compared pound to pound. This results in a higher performance bridge with lower transportation and installation costs.

Gator's aluminum bridges require little to no maintenance.

No Maintenance Required

Due to aluminum’s natural protective coating and corrosion resistance, maintenance budgets for the long life span of an aluminum bridge are reduced or, in many cases, eliminated.

Gator's aluminum bridges are non-corrosive.

Non-Corrosive

Aluminum naturally produces a protective oxide that coats the exterior and regenerates when scratched. This oxide layer is highly corrosion resistant which minimizes maintenance costs as well as preserves the aesthetically pleasing, rust-free appearance while remaining cool to the touch all year round.

Gator's aluminum bridge structures are recyclable.

Recyclable & Eco-Friendly

Not only do we use over 80% recycled materials during fabrication, our structures are 100% recyclable. Additionally, aluminum does not require toxic coatings to prevent corroding and flaking. If your project is concerned with minimal carbon imprint or installation footprint, Gator has your solution.

GatorBridge's aluminum structures are perfect for any bridge project.

Anywhere and Everywhere

The fact that we make our bridges out of aluminum solves the problems most often encountered when taking on a bridge project such as saltwater exposure and poor site access. Our bridges have even been helicoptered or carried into limited access areas.

Gator's aluminum bridges are cut down installation time and cost.

Ease Installation

Since an aluminum bridge will weigh far less than a steel bridge, transportation costs and carbon emissions are minimized. Additionally, smaller equipment, smaller abutments, and less labor are needed to install our bridges. Installation time is often a fraction of other material structures.

GatorBridge's have a lower cost of ownership.

Lower Cost of Ownership

When evaluating the competitive material cost of the bridge, transportation costs, installation costs, maintenance costs, long service life, and recycled value an aluminum GatorBridge has a substantially lower total cost of ownership than a steel bridge.

Gator offers a variety of bridge designs.

Variety of Design Options

An aluminum bridge can be designed to match any aesthetic, including a modern, industrial, vintage, or natural look. GatorBridge offers powder coating in any color as well as various material cladding options.