Natural Metals

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Natural Metals

A natural metal is any metal that is found in its metallic form, either pure or as an alloy, in nature. Metals that can be found as native deposits singly or in alloys include aluminum, antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, indium, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, rhenium, selenium, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zinc, as well as two groups of metals: the gold group, and the platinum group.

The gold group consists of gold, copper, lead, aluminum, mercury, and silver.

The platinum group consists of platinum, iridium, osmium, palladium, rhodium, and ruthenium. Amongst the alloys found in native state have been brass, bronze, pewter, German silver, osmiridium, electrum, white gold, and silver-mercury and gold-mercury amalgam.

Natural metals which develop a protective self-healing patina have been used for centuries to clad the exterior elements of buildings throughout the world. Copper is thought to have been discovered around 9000 BC in the Middle East.
Today’s architects looking to design sustainable buildings with long life cycles are again turning to these magnificent metals that have stood the test of time.

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ZINC - The Versatile Metal

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"Due to their intrinsic properties, metals are widely used in the building and construction sector. Zinc sheet and zinc-coated steel sheet are excellent materials for cladding, roofing, window frames, rain-water collection systems, heating equipment and counter tops. Brass and zinc die castings are used extensively in plumbing, builder’s hardware and many other applications. Zinc is equally at home in old and historic buildings as well as in new, modern architecture.  Zinc building components are weatherproof, corrosion resistant and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring a very long service life without degradation.

In addition to durability, zinc coated steel framing can bear higher loads with less material than dimensional lumber. This imparts a high degree of design flexibility but also saves considerably on material usage.

When a building reaches the end of its life, a considerable proportion of its zinc-containing products can be directly re-used and the functional life of these parts can be extended. When a zinc-containing building product eventually reaches the end of its life, it can be fully recycled. Today, more than 95% of the zinc products used in buildings is collected at end-of-life. This collected zinc can be recycled without loss of quality. Because metallic bonds are restored upon re-solidification, metals continually recover their original performance properties, even after multiple recycling loops. This allows them to be used again and again for the same application. By contrast, the performance characteristics of most non-metallic materials degrade after recycling." 

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ALUMINUM - The Young Metal

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Aluminum is a very young metal, extracted for the first time in 1854. The first well-known application in buildings dates back to 1898, when the dome of San Gioacchino’s Church in Rome was clad in aluminum sheets. Aluminum can be installed in a mill finish and does not require a painted finish in most cases. It will weather to a dull gray depending on the environment.  Aluminum is now utilized for a host of applications in building and construction and is the material of choice for exterior wall and roof cladding. Contact your local Morin sales representative to learn more about the benefits of single skin panels roll formed in aluminum.

COPPER - Penny Wise

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Copper has been used as water-proof roofing material since ancient times, giving many old buildings their greenish roofs and domes. Initially, copper oxide forms, replaced by cuprous and cupric sulfide, and finally by copper carbonate. The final copper sulfate patina (termed verdigris) is highly resistant to corrosion. Copper is the third most recycled metal after iron and aluminum.

It is estimated that 80% of the copper ever mined is still in use today.

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STAINLESS - Practical Aesthetics

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In metallurgy, stainless steel, also known as inox steel or inox from French inoxydable (inoxidizable), is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5%[1] chromium content by mass. Stainless steel is notable for its corrosion resistance, and it is widely used for food handling and cutlery among many other applications. Stainless steel is used for corrosion-resistant tools, it does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does.

Stainless steel is used for buildings for both practical and esthetic reasons. Stainless steel was in vogue during the Art Deco period. The most famous example of this is the upper portion of the Chrysler Building in New York City.

Owing to the durability of the material, many of these buildings retain their original appearance. Stainless steels resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, relatively low cost, and familiar luster make it an ideal cladding material for a host of building types.

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