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  • Cladding, canopies, column covers, infill panels create new niche
    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
    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...
  • Tips for maintenance
    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
    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
    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...
  • Doors, windows dominate building and construction category
    Aluminum extrusion shipments in the United States and Canada continued to rise in 2005, totaling an estimated 4.42 billion pounds, according to an annual set of numbers released jointly in June by the Aluminum Extruders Council in Wauconda, Ill., and the Aluminum Association Inc. in Arlington, Va. This is a 5.7 percent increase over the previous year’s 4.18 billion pounds. Building and...
  • Yet after a year of shortages and price hikes, 2006 looks healthy
    Without a catastrophic event, the U.S. commercial construction industry and its participants should see healthy returns in 2006, with overall market growth averaging 4-to-6 percent. At Kawneer North America in Norcross, Ga., company executives see an upbeat economic outlook and have been working with managers of its international parent, Alcoa Inc. of Pittsburgh, to make sure that supplies will...
  • Asian imports take toll
    Aluminum extruders in the United States represent one segment of the bath-enclosure industry that has seen dramatic changes as a result of imports, said Richard S. James, vice president and general manager of the Aluminum Group at Loxcreen Co. in Roxboro, N.C., during a frank and well-documented presentation at the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association annual meeting during GlassBuild America...
  • Caltrans District 7 headquarters in Los Angeles a striking addition to the bustling boulevards of downtown. The building is an architectural testament to the state transportation agency that made metropolitan L.A. the eminent car-crazed city.
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