Corrosion of reinforcing steel and other ferrous metal is one of the biggest causes of deterioration in coastal construction projects. The invasion of salt and moisture -- inevitable near the ocean -- results in accelerated corrosion of reinforcing steel, exposing the vulnerable concrete within.
With each passing year, more buildings are relying on steel doors. While the door is an assumed feature of a building, its story has developed continually.
U.S. manufacturing has had its share of bad turns over the last 50 years, with entire industries being outsourced to other parts of the world. Not good news for roll forming companies. Starting with products like clothing and electronics, we gradually saw large corporations move their production[...]
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.
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.