A great engineering or architectural project always starts with the ideal metals. Miss the mark, and you’re left with a too-expensive or sloppy product. It’s time to educate yourself on the pros and cons of the most popular materials for roll formed products so you’re starting your vendor on the[...]
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[...]
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[...]
If you’re interested in creative uses of architectural metal, look no further than HOK. They have many examples, but these are some of the most inspiring.
Copper. Brass. Bronze. Reminiscent of the pharaohs in Egypt, the temples of Sri Lanka, the Gothic cathedrals of the East. These are the red metals - luxury metals.
What Is "Aesthetic"?
Aesthetic: The nature of art and judgments of beauty; the creation and appreciation of beauty. “What is art?” and “What do we mean when we say something is ‘beautiful’?”
Those who work with architectural metals understand something that eludes the general populace: metal isn’t a cold, inanimate material.
To many, roll forming metal seems like a niche process, used only in limited situations to form steel profiles. Consequently, the process itself is not well-understood by the public, which means misconceptions develop and persist. We're here to clear the air and address those misconceptions[...]