Introducing acid etch to customers and employees
September 22, 2009
Traditional caustic etch (upper left) versus eco-friendly acid etch.Linetec’s anodize line.Unlike a painted finish, anodizing highlights aluminum’s metallic appearance. An integral part of the substrate, the anodic coating results in a hard, durable substance providing good wear with minimal maintenance. It is highly resistant to abrasion, temperature, corrosion, humidity, warping and...
Storefront and entrance suppliers sell to architects and glaziers
June 10, 2009
To best serve architects and contract glaziers, storefront and entrance system suppliers must be able to:Compete on costProvide high-quality, durable productsOffer products that meet performance requirementsProvide products that meet safety other building code requirementsHave a knowledgeable support staffDevelop close relationships with customersDelivery products on timeQuickly and accurately...
November 4, 2008
Anodize and paint finishes offer durable aesthetic benefits to aluminum window and curtain wall products. However, storage, transportation and installation can prove to be a dangerous time for finishes. Learn how to protect finished aluminum products from a step-by-step guide from Linetec, Wausau, Wis.
Coloration, durability, aesthetics and cost influence decision
November 1, 2007
Structural glass plays a central role in many of the most recognizable buildings in the United States. The John Hancock building in Chicago, for example, features 16,000 windows on 100-stories. Whether the glass is curved, tinted or etched, the materials holding it in place must complement the architect’s design and color palette. Recent projects like the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, the US...
Practical option that became popular in the ’80s
May 1, 2007
The 1980s gave rise to hundreds of memorable icons including feathered hair, the T-top IROC Camero, pet rocks and Rick Springfield wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl.” Indeed, some of these are better forgotten. The glass door market also witnessed a new development during the early part of that decade: glass rail systems. The systems are on the top and bottom of glass doors to...
Cladding, canopies, column covers, infill panels create new niche
May 1, 2007
Architectural metals is a great niche for glaziers to expand business. If you’re called in to create an all-glass storefront entrance, go beyond a basic rail system, door openers and handles. Architectural metals can create additional design elements in custom architectural finishes and textures. Custom canopies and sunshades can be added over an entrance. Or incorporate metal column...
How to avoid installation problems
April 1, 2007
Exterior wall construction has evolved during the past century and a half. We have moved from massive masonry walls that support the floors of a building to slender walls that hang off the slabs. The heavy load-bearing masonry walls of the past absorbed rainwater and dried to the inside and outside. Contemporary glass and metal curtain walls rely on sealants and gaskets to prevent leakage to the...
December 1, 2006
Typically, two choices in aluminum finishes exist in the glass business: painted material and anodized material. Paint is applied on top of the metal and seals it from oxidation. As long as the paint does not chip, the metal is protected from oxidation indefinitely. Paint manufacturers now have a “coastal” specification designed to be especially resistant to environments with an...
Variation in color a plus, sometimes a problem
November 1, 2006
Metallic paint coatings can add vibrancy and visual appeal to your project. Their lively appearance is caused by the way visible light reflects off the metallic flakes.
Variations in appearance
Be aware that the same qualities creating depth and brilliance also can cause variations in appearance within a project or even within a single part. Specifically, metallics can have variations in the...
Look at negative spaces when considering attributes of aluminum frames
October 1, 2006
Cavity design, size and location play important roles in the designing process of a thermally improved aluminum profile. Improper cavity sizes or styles can lead to structural and thermal inefficiencies. However, the properly fitted cavity will show increased thermal energy efficiency and correct structural support. To achieve such optimal results, the extrusion or product designer should answer...