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The Do’s and Don’ts of Stainless Steel Roofing

For the architect, panel manufacturer, fabricator, installer or contractor considering a stainless steel roof, you can expect a beautiful, permanent roof system that will be very economical in the long run—if you rely on a competent architectural metal supplier and don’t make the assumption that stainless is like any other metal. Here are some do's and don’ts to guide you:

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The Use of Metal on Airport Exteriors is Taking Off

Metal is showing up more frequently on newly-constructed airport exteriors across the country. The trend signals a see-and-avoid juncture for airport construction specifiers mindful that some metal products are less suitable for airport settings than others – those that have reflective properties, require paint, or corrode when exposed to jet fuel emissions. Not so with Contrarian Metal Resources’ InvariMatte®, a corrosion-resistant, uncoated stainless steel finish with low glare and a long lifecycle.

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How to Handle the High Cost of Metals

The escalating cost of building materials is challenging the construction industry to manage costs, including anyone designing with metals, especially “exotic” types, in order to achieve beautiful and sustainable structures. As far as metals are concerned, prudent steps can be taken to minimize exposure to rising prices.

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The Case for Stainless Steel

The proponents of stainless steel finishes for architectural applications exude the same evangelical loyalty as longtime users of Apple computers. In their hearts, they know they have the superior product, regardless of where it ranks in terms of market share, and they fervently want to convert you to their way of thinking.

To be fair, the champions of stainless steel finishes possess a strong case and can point to many iconic examples of their product—buildings and other structures that have stood the test of time for their longevity, beauty and prestige. A favorite word among stainless steel advocates to describe their product is “timeless.”

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