Noble Metals Evoke Excellence
Stainless steel, hot & cold rolled steel, Cor-Ten steel and architectural bronze are typically chosen for their extraordinary strength, visuals and value. Palaces of old used these materials. The enormous design possibilities they allow, when correctly chosen, are still applicable today. Their characteristics of strength, weather resistance, weldability and durability, makes possible windows and doors distinguished by their quality and visual uniqueness. These characteristics, combined with the living surfaces of the materials, give life to a style of unique aesthetic richness.
Hot-rolled steel has been used for doors and windows for more than a century. Its strength allows for an extraordinary aesthetic and the unique finish texture gives the hot-rolled steel a natural raw look very much sought after by architects and design purists. The signs of lamination and the slight imperfections of the surface constitute the distinctive character of this material, and make it very popular for profiles of particular slenderness and elegance. Used extensively for interiors, for outdoor installations it is advisable to treat it with protective products such as oils or waxes, or alternatively provide a transparent opaque varnish or powder coating to protect the surface. All corners are welded and, depending on the effect to be achieved, the welds can be ground, left natural or even emphasized by brushing or blackened with special patinas.
The technical properties of stainless provide remarkable wear resistance over time makes this steel a choice material for harsh environment construction. Its characteristics allow its use in areas subject to adverse environmental effects of long duration, with almost no maintenance. Although known for its metallic luster, stainless steel allows design freedom in terms of surface finishes. A newly popular finish is a dark browning or gun barrel finish. This burnished stainless steel finish gives the frames a natural aged texture and character. Steel corners are always welded and treated to achieve the color and sheen desired.
This is a steel of great scenic effect and extraordinary elegance, Cor-Ten has become a material widely used in windows and doors, both for restorations and for new construction. Cor-Ten is a natural, living material that over time and exposure to atmospheric agents takes on different and unique shades of color. The natural oxidation process can be chemically accelerated and controlled to reduce its natural leaching. It is advisable to periodically apply suitable waxes or oils. All corners of the frames are suitably welded, and the sealing mark can be left visible in relief or rectified.
Bronze, the noble and ancient metal, has been a favored material used by Architects for its rich aesthetic of evolving coloration and unique patina. Architectural bronze is a living material, subject to the natural oxidation that gives it warm tones and variegated nuances. The natural oxidation process can be accelerated through the glazing of the frame, until obtaining the desired chromatic effect in harmony with the style of the façade and the interior, or completely avoided by proceeding directly to a transparent coating, which allows the original golden sheen of the material to be retained. All corners of architectural bronze profiles, once welded, are rectified in order to obtain a homogeneous appearance.
Cold Rolled Steel
Cold-rolled steel profiles – be they pickled or galvanized – have a homogeneous surface with a uniform weft, which lends itself well to various finishes. Read brushing or browning can be used as an alternative to traditional painting, and allow a high level of customization of the frame.
The surfaces can also be left natural, with grinding of the welds, or simply galvanized, to create openings with an industrial style.
If used outdoors, it is preferable to provide a protective treatment with oils, waxes or transparent opaque paints that stabilize the surface and maintain its beauty over time. All angles of doors and windows in cold-formed steel are welded and subsequently treated according to the desired aesthetic effect.
Paint can be applied to all steels, including as stainless. Paint increases the resistance to corrosion of the material, and allows broad freedom of choice, for customized colors to harmonize with any architectural style. From classic black and white to the most original of colors and textures, painted steel combines the refined simplicity of the narrow profiles with the extraordinary mechanical strength of the steel.