Many of our design and architecture customers are weighing the pros and cons of custom metal vs. MDF components. There are a number of reasons to choose metal. First, aluminum is corrosion resistant. Even if the paint gets chipped, it won’t rust. It is also light weight (1.2 lbs. per square foot after fabrication on 1/8” thickness) and rigid. With aluminum, you can also do precision laser cutting which creates crisp, high-quality and intricate designs. Comparatively, MDF needs to be thicker and it burns. It can wear, get nicked and damaged more easily. It is also heavier. At 3.2 lbs. per square foot on ¾” thickness, it is twice as heavy as aluminum which will add to the cost of shipping. Overall, we advise customers that metal can be beautiful, long lasting and affordable
Aluminum was once known as the Metal of Kings. It provides good strength, ease of machining, and excellent corrosion resistance while also still being lightweight, inexpensive and versatile. Ideal material for both interior and exterior applications, and requires minimum maintenance. It also has the added benefit of being a third lighter than steel with comparable strength. Aluminium can also be easily and repeatedly recycled.
Rustless steel” or stainless steel. It’s an Iron-based alloy containing a minimum of 11% Chromium, which is the property that resists rust, making it stain less than other metals. Each type of stainless steel has a set of unique composition and unique qualities. The chemical composition of the stainless steel determines properties including hardness, strength, whether it is magnetic or not, and how easy the steel is to work with. It is highly resistant to corrosion and therefore suitable for outdoor applications. No protective coating is required. Steel best recommended uses for indoors applications.
Weathering steel, often referred to by the genericized trademark COR-TEN steel and sometimes written without the hyphen as corten steel, is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance after several years exposure to weather. Weathering steel is popularly used in outdoor applications for its rustic antique appearance. Weathering steel's normal surface weathering can also lead to rust stains on nearby surfaces.
Its reddish color is highly attractive and can be matched with hardware in real bronze. It needs to be clear lacquer coated.
It’s reddish color can be very beautiful. The color of copper is unique among the elements. Most metals have are silver or gray in color. Gold and a few other metals are yellow. Only copper has a reddish-metallic luster. Copper is also naturally antibacterial.