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Galvanized Steel vs. Galvalume Metal: Everything You Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] 02/03/2020 / by Kaylee Beattie posted in Metal Siding, Metal Roofing, Colors

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Galvanized and galvalume may sound similar, however, both of these metal finishes have quite different characteristics and qualities. Both of these “metals” are actually two different coatings or finishes that are applied to a steel panel, which then reinforces metal’s strength and durability, and extends its lifetime.

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What is Weathering Steel?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/16/2019 / by Kaylee Beattie posted in Colors, weathered steel, Home Advice

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect rustic look, weathered steel will take your expectations to a new level. Our Truten™ A606 is a finish that will be completely unique to every project, every time.

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Choosing a Roofing Solution for the Washington Coast

[fa icon="calendar'] 02/11/2019 / by Steve Collins posted in Metal Roofing, Colors, Sustainability, residential, Cool Roof, Coastal, Washington State, Home Advice

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Washington state provides its residents with a wide range of climates to enjoy. From oceanfront cottages to mountain chalets and everything in between. Choosing the right roof for these climates varies greatly depending on your location. While most engineered metal roofing systems will hold up to the challenges every region will face, certain options provide better protection and savings than others.

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5 Factors to Consider for Residential Siding

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/30/2018 / by Anna Kalfs posted in Metal Siding, Colors

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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Residential Siding:

  • Type of Construction— re-model or new build
  • Installer— seasoned or first-time installer
  • Location— surrounding environment
  • Theme— modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial
  • Personal Value—budget, durability, maintenance 
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Using Metal Siding on a Modern Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/03/2018 / by Steve Collins posted in Metal Siding, Colors, modern, corrugated, shiplap, residential, facades

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A well-designed modern home looks clean and almost minimalist in its finished form. This clean simplicity can sometimes hide the hours of intensive thought that went into each line, curve, and surface. Designers have to balance aesthetics, performance, longevity, and often most importantly, the surrounding landscape. New technologies have improved metal siding panel systems, allowing designers more flexibility in their designs, knowing that the performance and longevity of the product is up to their standards.

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What is Charred Wood (Shou Sugi Ban)?

[fa icon="calendar'] 05/23/2018 / by Steve Collins posted in Metal Siding, Interior Metal, DIY, Colors

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Charred Wood is the process of lightly applying an open flame to a wood plank to char the surface of the board. The charred exterior helps to weatherproof the siding and act as a deterrent to insects.

Shou Sugi Ban is a commonly used variation of the Japanese word Yakisugi. In Japanese, Yaki means to heat with fire, and Sugi means Japanese Cedar. Ban translates to a plank, in this case a wood plank. 

Shou Sugi Ban was first seen used in 18th century Japan as a technique for charring the outer layer of a wooden plank (usually cedar) to help protect the facade against weather and insects. In recent years, the visual appeal of this technique has been adopted by architects and designers around the world.  Commonly referred to as Charred Wood or Burnt Wood, this technique can be applied to a range of wood siding panels.

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Project Highlight: Great Country Timber Frames in Connecticut

[fa icon="calendar'] 04/30/2017 / by Morgan Scott posted in Metal Siding, Metal Roofing, Colors, corrugated, residential, facades, weathered steel

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The Old West is known for its rustic charm and rugged landscapes. That is why homeowners and designers love to use the Wild West as design inspiration for residential and commercial spaces, even on the East Coast.

One company that is witnessing this first hand is Great Country Timber Frames out of Connecticut. "There’s a strong nostalgia for the West in the East Coast, where Cape- and Colonial-style homes and businesses are the norm. From cowboys to wide open blue skies, New Englanders are fond of the West. The appeal of rustic design on the east coast is certainly in the wanting to be different." 

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5 Types of Metal Roofing Materials - Pros & Cons

[fa icon="calendar'] 04/23/2017 / by Steve Collins posted in Metal Roofing, Colors, Sustainability

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5 Types of Metal Roofing

1. Copper - Extremely long-lasting, very soft with low melting temperature

2. Aluminum - Long-lasting, resistant to salt water corrosion

3. Zinc - Extremely long-lasting, resistant to corrosion and lowest melting point

4. Steel - Three variations: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel (corten)

5. Tin - Often referring to steel, used prior to World War II. No longer commonly applied.

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Use Metal for a Modern Rustic Design

[fa icon="calendar'] 02/05/2016 / by Katie Smith posted in Metal Siding, Interior Metal, DIY, Metal Roofing, Colors

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In the past few years, we’ve watched the design aesthetic go back and forth between the sleek, cool, sharp lines of Modern style and the cozy, comfy, woodsy feeling of Rustic style. More recently, the two designs have found each other working closely together. Those crisp, modern lines are mixing with warm, earthy materials like natural wood and stone to achieve a brilliant and unique style.

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5 Ways to Update Your Home With Corrugated Metal

[fa icon="calendar'] 01/22/2016 / by Katie Smith posted in Interior Metal, DIY, Colors

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Corrugated metal is becoming one of the most sought-after panels for interior and exterior building projects. With expanded options in both size and color, corrugated metal is popping up on new houses and renovations across the country. If you like the look of this wavy material, but aren’t sure where to put it, here are five new ideas for adding corrugated metal to your home.

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Get Crafty with Metal Interior Panels

[fa icon="calendar'] 09/23/2015 / by Katie Smith posted in Interior Metal, DIY, Colors

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At a recent AIA Conference trade show, our corrugated metal panels were laid out. Trade show goer's fingers would follow the ripples of color from Brimstone to Rustic Copper to Jade Stone. People would say, “Wow, I never thought you could use metal for interior projects.” Your could see projects flashing through their minds using modern rustic corrugated metal in place of boring, grey painted walls.

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Rapid City Coffee Shop Based On Community, Rustic Metal, and Rumours

[fa icon="calendar'] 08/21/2015 / by Katie Smith posted in Interior Metal, Colors

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There is nothing typical about Rumour’s Coffee Shop and Wine Bar in the Black Hills of South Dakota. That's because there is nothing typical about co-owner Tara Little, a woman with a vision for a community gathering space that also serves coffee and a fun selection of wine and craft beers.

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