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How to Choose the Right Metal for Your Project

 
Posted Wed, October 26, 2016

In the world of architectural metalcrafting, we’ve had more than a hundred years in business to work out the best metals to use in many different situations. However, it’s always good to have a starting point for your ideas. When anyone comes to us for bar grilles or a custom metals project, they always have an idea in mind. However, there’s more than one way to fabricate the ideal metal solution. For example, if you want a clean, modern and sturdy application, how would you decide between aluminum and stainless steel? There are a lot of similarities in their appearance, but what sets them apart — to the benefit of your project?

We’ve created an infographic highlighting the similarities and contrasts between the primary metals we work with: bronze, brass, stainless steel and aluminum. For most projects we deal with, there are three defining strengths and weaknesses for each type. Your main concerns should always be weight, corrosion resistance and, of course, material cost.

Being that all of these metals have specific variants and hybrids, this guide is meant to be a general rule-of-thumb and jumping off point for your project, not the perfect truth for every occasion. We hope you find it helpful, and feel free to contact us for a quote or learn more about our offerings in our catalog!

Infographic - The Right Metal for Your Project

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