Specialty Metal Products

Stainless Steel

Typically known for its tarnish free, bright silver finish, stainless steel offers the designer strength and beauty in one. Mirror, brushed or embossed finishes give stainless steel a wide variety of tones. But it doesn’t have to be just silver. Coloured stainless steel is also available. A steel cladding system adds style, beauty & character to your building’s design, regardless of size or shape. Many of our steel roofing and cladding profiles are engineered to be installed in a variety of design situations

Copper

Copper has been used for centuries in North America as an aesthetically pleasing building material. In the past it was typically used for roofing and adornment. However, recently copper has found a place as an architectural statement on building façades. The full range of applications can be achieved. Cladding offers many benefits to a building. Essentially the process of cladding applied in construction involves applying a piece of material over another in order to allow for an element of control in safely diverting water and wind. Cladding enables control over where water is run-off and it helps prevent water from infiltrating the interior of a building. It is mainly intended for roofs and exterior wall covering, windows, doors and for decorative purposes.

The natural weathering of copper from its bright pink to the characteristic blue-green color (patina) is a direct consequence of its reaction to the corrosive action of the atmosphere. In industrial and seacoast atmospheres, the natural patina generally forms in 5 to 7 years. In rural atmospheres, with relatively clean air, patina formation may occur in 10 to 14 years. In arid desert environments, the patina formation may never occur and the copper surface may remain a dark brown or bronze color.

The pre-painted copper sheet products are available through a chemical conversion process whereby the top molecular surface of the copper sheet is enhanced and forced to produce a natural patina. (Some of the pre-painted sheets have a variation in their final color.)

Zinc

Environmentally friendly and fully recyclable, zinc can be used on both roof and wall applications. In terms of aesthetics, zinc cladding system can be used with virtually any building material – timber, natural stone, brick, concrete and structural glass to name but a few. Standing seam, interlocking (with recessed joints) and overlapping vertical and horizontal panel systems are available in pre-weathered colours to provide a fully developed natural surface.

Zinc roofing has been used in Europe over the past 200 years and this proven longevity has been most attractive to clients and architects alike. Zinc, although relatively new to the North American market, is quickly generating interest and is being specified for increasingly more commercial and residential buildings. Zinc sheets are used in architecture for roofs and naturally weather for a maintenance-free life of over 60 years.

Although initial cost may be higher than other available materials, zinc does not peel or fade, which reduces the overall life cycle costs of the structure. As a natural metal, zinc is a versatile and lasting material that is becoming the builder’s top choice product.

Zinc’s subtle colour has been praised by architects who state its colour gets richer as the material adapts to specific atmospheric conditions and blends beautifully with other building materials such as concrete and wood. Zinc is also malleable, which allows it to be formed to achieve complex shapes and intricate details.

Wood Panels

Our wood composite panel systems are made from high-density resin core paneling faced with natural wood, which is coated with a proprietary acrylic finish. The natural wood coverings provide unparalleled strength, durability, and design options. This panel system is suitable for both interior and exterior walls.

Fibre Cement Board

Fibre-reinforced cement panels free architects and designers from the constraints of concrete, acting like a skin made of concrete and opening entirely new possibilities for modern ventilated wall design. Concrete skin cladding is compact and flexible, adjusting to any shape an architect choose to design – curves, straight lines, slanted or straight walls or roofs. Interior and exterior surfaces fuse into one spatial unit, giving the impression of a building that has been cast in one piece. The flexible, compact skin can be finished with sandblasted or brushed surfaces in a variety or iron oxide colours. A special process also allows us to incorporate company logos or patterns into the surface. Each manufactured part is unique in size, colour, and surface finish, creating a truly individual look.