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Architectural Expanded Metal: What You Need to Know

Expanded metal fabricators design metal pieces perfect for countless architectural applications across plants, facilities, commercial buildings and more. Expanded metal is strong, durable, flexible and lightweight, which makes it the ideal choice for a wide variety of jobs. It’s even used in some patio furniture — a testament to its versatility. Read on to learn what expanded metal is, how it is made, what designs use it and where to get it. What Is Expanded Metal and When Is It Used? The first answer you’ll need before deciding whether expanded metal is correct for your architecture job is what it is and how it’s created. The manufacturing process for archite… Read more

How to Safely Weld Galvanized Steel

Welding galvanized steel is an important and valuable technique in the metal fabrication process — especially when producing galvanized steel wire cloth or galvanized steel gratings — but people are shying away from it lately due to the toxic fumes that welding galvanized steel produces. There is also concern about how to deal with the coating of galvanized steel and what to do about corrosion. Fortunately, the right approach to welding galvanized steel can manage all these issues effectively. Safety With Welding Galvanized Steel If you take the proper personal protection precautions, you will be much safer when coming into contact with the toxic fumes. Different facilities may use different protection equipment, although gloves, welding helmets, steel-toed boots and sometim… Read more
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10 Tips for Purchasing Perforated Metal

When buying perforated material, there are countless varieties of hole sizes, shapes, materials and gauges to specify which can affect the production process, quality, cost and lead-time of the finished product. Follow these 10 tips to purchase the right perforated product for your individual application: Material - Choose the proper material, thickness and finish that satisfies the challenges of the application’s environment. Corrosion resistance, EMI shielding requirements and appearance may be some considerations. Hole shape - There are many hole shapes, but round holes in general are most common, especially arranged in a 60° triangu… Read more

5 Common Architectural Wire Cloth Patterns

Wire cloth is often used for infill panels, metal facades and a number of other architectural applications. While there is an unlimited number of potential weave patterns, wire gauges and opening sizes, some combinations are more popular than others for architectural use. Read more