Using Zinc In Architectural Design

When designing architectural structures, both function and overall aesthetic can affect which materials and finishes are chosen.

The primary purpose of Zinc is its superior ability to protect metal from corrosion. When used in architectural applications, protecting the base metal is critical to maintaining the strength of the structure.

Although function is the primary factor, how it will look within the overall design also needs to be considered. With an increase in demand for an authentic and unrefined or “Industrial Chic” style, many architects are turning to zinc for its natural ability to enhance this design.

It is often paired with other natural materials such as raw wood or black accents to achieve this look.

Architectural Applications for Zinc Elements:

  • Storefronts
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Spaces
  • Loft Style Offices

The appearance of zinc ranges from shiny to dull depending on the condition of the base metal and the chromate that is chosen. It is common to have color variations within a single part.

Top Zinc Finishes for an Industrial Chic Design

Zinc + Clear or Hexavalent Chromate:

Ideal for indoor applications.

Zinc-Nickel + Trivalent or Iridescent Chromate:

Ideal for applications where added protection is needed - provides up to ten times the protection of standard zinc.

Why Choose Gatto

Gatto is experienced in plating parts for the architectural and structural Industries.

Experience: We know what steps are necessary to achieve a superior finish that works well with the function and design of these applications.

Extra Large Tanks: We also have the capability to handle Extra long and large parts – up to 27’.

Plating larger parts or panels can help with a more seamless look instead of constraints on design due to plating tank size.

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