Steel windows boast a sleek, modern look. They've been used by architects for generations in numerous residential and commercial settings. But despite their beauty and longevity, we count only three (three!) active steel window manufacturers in the United States. Notably, one of those manufacturers[...]
Metal is in style. Each metal creates a different aesthetic, meshes well with other materials, and is highly functional for a variety of applications. Metal is striking, enduring, and practical -- just like your design.
For most projects, no single factor drives the choice of metal for any kind of application. You might want something that’s easily formable but also strong -- or great looking -- or inexpensive. One topic that often comes up, especially for projects that’ll reside in harsh environments like[...]
Duplex stainless steel has been around for almost 100 years, but it seems to be coming into its own now. This late blooming is somewhat surprising given duplex stainless steel's qualities. Its expanding popularity could be the result of its advantages over traditional austenitic and ferritic[...]
Roll forming is one of the main metal forming processes for long slender metal parts, falling under the larger umbrella of using contoured roll tools to change metal from one state to another.
Have you ever heard about 201 stainless steel? It’s a surprisingly nice metal for outdoor projects that demand a blend of power, finesse, and beauty.
Galvannealed and galvanized steels start out similarly. They are both dipped into a hot zinc bath (approximately 850° F), so the zinc bonds to the metal's surface. This coating increases the steel's durability and protects against corrosion.
It's the introduction of a secondary process that[...]
Handing over project specifications requires everyone in the supply and production chain to be on the same page. Down to the word, even.
“Durability,” for example, can have many definitions and interpretations.
There are plenty of other metals (besides steel) that are used for roll forming and other metal forming processes. Some of the most commonly used metals include: