Architectural metal along the coastline has a tough job. Salt, wind, storms -- there’s always a threat out there, waiting to strip away the exterior moldings and trim on which you worked so hard. But choosing the best metal for coastal construction can at least slow the decay of your project’s[...]
Mouldings are one of those architectural design elements that can catch your eye without you even knowing it. If they were removed, designs would look incomplete and unfinished. This is especially true when it comes to metal trim.
When you invest in metal materials, you expect them to last. But it’s a mistake to assume metal is immune to degradation from environmental and other factors. Corrosion can wreak havoc on the structural integrity and aesthetics of your parts. That’s why it’s important to know the factors of[...]
Engineers seek out corrosion testing as a way to scope out a problem before shooting with live rounds, so to speak. A corrosion test helps you understand how long a fabricated metal item will hold up under tough conditions.
Being ahead of the hottest trends is what makes an already qualified and experienced designer stand above the competition. As many modern upscale home and business owners seek to revamp their spaces with materials beyond wood, they are considering the use of strategically placed metal to create[...]
In 1904, Charles Dahlstrom invented and introduced the world’s first fireproof steel door. It didn't take long for word of his new company to spread, and for his architectural mouldings to become popular too.
If you’re a designer cautiously looking forward to using copper in your next project, “Does copper rust?” is one question you must be asking yourself. You must also be wondering how long your copper will maintain its shiny and new look. You may also know that staying shiny, reddish-gold, and new
A compound in Buffalo once considered a tear-down. A bridge that almost collapsed in its first month but is now a defining landmark known worldwide. It seems the best aesthetic architecture always has a story attached.
As a design engineer, corrosion is something you’re always watching out for when working with metal. And while you’re likely already familiar with several types of corrosion -- pitting, edge creep, exposure due to damage/scratches, etc. -- there are a lot of lesser-known variations you’d be wise[...]
Visiting the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018? You’re not alone -- 23,000+ are expected to take over New York City’s Javits Center from June 21-23. As such, it’s easy to get lost (sometimes literally) when trying to make the most of this huge architectural show.