Wheel Construction: Aluminum vs Steel Wheels
Wheels are most commonly constructed from either steel or aluminum, but can also be made of other rigid materials that can support the weight of the vehicle, maintain the shape of the tire, and maintain the air pressure within the tire and the wheel. Because aluminum wheels have better corrosion-resistance, have more design and finish options, have superior strength, and weigh less than steel wheels, all Velox Wheels are constructed from aluminum alloy.
Steel is durable and easily repaired. However, it is also heavier than aluminum and, because of manufacturing limitations, is more limited in design flexibility and variation. Furthermore, because of the metal is bare and exposed, steel wheels are more likely to corrode due to rust.
- Few Designs: Limited design flexibility and styles due to manufacturing limitations.
- Durability: Durable and easily repaired
- Heavy: Fuel efficiency is reduced due to heavy wheel weight.
- Limited Finish Options: Painted, powder-coated, and chrome
- Poor Corrosion Resistance: Bare exposed metal rusts quickly
- Low Cost: Good but similar to aluminum
On the other hand, aluminum is an alloy, a mixture of aluminum and nickel. By varying the composition of the alloy, manufacturers have more control over the flexibility, weight, and durability of the metal. As a result, aluminum wheels are typically lighter and have more available style variations than steel, allowing for more striking and unique designs. Furthermore, because a protective oxide layer forms on the surface of aluminum, it is less susceptible to corrosion than steel. Because of these benefits, aluminum wheels are currently the most popular type of wheels. In addition, our All-Season and Nordica series wheels have an additional tri-coat finish that further protects the wheel finish from harsh road conditions.
- Wide Variety of Designs: Many design options and finishes are available, allowing you to enhance the look of your vehicle.
- Durability: Durable and strong wheels. Ease of repair depends on the type of finish.
- Lighter: Aluminum wheels are lighter than steel, resulting in improved fuel efficiency.
- Extensive Finish Options: Painted, machined, polished, powder-coated, and chrome finishes available.
- Good Corrosion Resistance: Protective oxide layer on aluminum surface protects against rusting and corrosion.
- Good Value: Low cost but good value.