Architects are often frustrated when they see a finished installation of trim mouldings that have unsightly gaps. But what if you were able to get pre-fabricated outside corners and coped inside corners directly from the factory? This is possible with a soon-to-be launched metal trim package.
Getting factory quality control right off the bat means you don’t have to hope you have adequate skill on your work site every day. Even more, wouldn't you like to speed things up on site when the project inevitably reaches crunch time?
What we have now.
For some time, the introduction of pre-fabricated buildings and building components has been growing in both commercial and residential construction. The advantages are clear for speed of on-site completion, repeatable quality, and consistent raw materials. When it comes to CSI specification sections such as Decorative Metals, Mill Work, Doors/Frames/Windows, Finishes, and Specialties the importance of speed and skilled on-site installation becomes even more critical. Why? Because these activities tend to be closer to the end of a project (aka "crunch time") and these components are more highly visible to architects, designers, and most importantly owners.
Hopefully, we all live in construction environments where quality and durability wins projects...not the low cost bid, right? Low cost bids unfortunately can lead to questionable quality of materials and installation skill. The end quality can vary, to say the least and the detailed eyes we posses as creative, visual people can really be strained on the final walk through!
The Solution? A New Option You Will Soon Have
Metal trim kits that have ultimate durability, including pre-fabricated inside and outside corners, controlled under factory quality processes, using a concealed attachment system with no adhesive, sold for a competitive price... it's not just a dream anymore!
These products are available in several metal options, each of which contain a high percentage of recycled content, they have beautiful finish choices, and they are fire proof.
What would you rather have: Factory-controlled quality, or an unknown quality level you may get from an alleged "qualified" installer.
There are certain key things that happen with cutting/joining trim in the field that necessitate a high skill level. Here is how we handle a few:
- Coped cuts: (notching to allow two pieces to join at an inside corner) is a tough one. We use precision, computer controlled cutting machines that make sure the mating surfaces are perfectly matched to each other. Our method requires no pre-measuring of lengths and is flexible.
- Mitered cuts: (those used to create outside corners) are also tough. Depending on the metal chosen, corner sections are welded, brazed, or bonded with structural, two-part epoxy. The resulting assembly is rigid, factory fixture aligned, and able to be hand bent in the field for minor "out of square" conditions.
- Straight Butt Joints: Straight connections are locked in with wall clips assuring alignment and a tight draw to the surface being trimmed.
And... A Need for Speed
Pre-fabricated metal trim kits are available in several different metals and can be field finished using many metal protection systems including paint. In this case, installing metal moldings takes about the same time as other traditional trim systems. An installer attaches the product, then a painter fills nail holes, leaves, comes back to prime, leaves, comes back for finish coat one, leaves, and finally comes back for the final finish coat.
However, when utilizing factory applied finishes, red metals, stainless steel or aluminum (metals that age naturally and do no corrode), installation is a one step, one trade process using straight cuts only. Install, touch-up, and go! Without using smelly, messy solvent adhesives or vinyl that releases vinyl chloride gas.
For upcoming details on the release of our complete line of colonial, vintage, retro, and contemporary trim kits with all of the features above. However, if you want metal trim moulding now, just as it was supplied 100 years ago, review our catalog and feel free to contact us with questions. Many projects are under way now and the creative uses for decorative metal are growing rapidly.
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