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Guide to Cornice Formed Mouldings

Types of Aluminum Cornice Mouldings Colonial – Resembles the profile of many styles of house gutters, also known as “K” style gutters Roman – Similar to Colonial but with extra concave bend and slightly larger Concave & Convex – Quarter circle mouldings available…

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How to Design and Detail Gussets

Gussets are galvanized steel plates with formed attachment flanges. Gussets are used in lieu of conventional framing to attach and support a cornice installation. Gussets are installed to the building at either 24″ or 32″ centers, depending on your structure’s…

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Gutter Sizing Guide

Sizing Methodology This Gutter Sizing section provides 4 steps to properly size a commercial gutter & downspout configuration for SAF Perimeter Systems commercial gutter designers, contractors, and building owners: Gutter Sizing Step 1 – Determine roof area to be drained Gutter…

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Guide to Aluminum Finish Specification

Including SAFINISH Coatings with Industry Designations Anodizing Spray Coatings Anodic Finish on exposed aluminum components, (** denotes choice, see below chart to fill in the blanks.) Type: All exposed aluminum shall be given caustic etch followed by an Architectural Class **(I…

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Guide to Color Range Samples For Anodizing

SAF has been anodizing aluminum sheet and panels for architectural applications since 1946. We have been open about a simple fact: an anodized coating will always have some variation in color. In earlier times there was no way to accurately…

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How To Prepare Aluminum For Finishing

This article helps subcontractors, specifically glazers, in the commercial construction industry avoid problems when preparing aluminum for finishing. Glaziers trained on glass often encounter problems when specifying metal finishing and coatings, turning profitable jobs into disasters. General Metal Application Guidelines…

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Guide to Aluminum Finishing: Painting vs Anodizing

Painting vs Anodizing from an Architectural Perspective Aluminum color selection, color uniformity, coating hardness and suitability in high traffic areas are all factors to consider when deciding on aluminum coating choices. Aluminum Painting Greater available color selection. Greater color uniformity…

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Guide To Military Specification Anodizing (MIL-A-8625)

SAF’s capabilities for Military Specification Anodizing MIL-A-8625. Note: there are three different anodizing finishes contained in this specification: Type I: Chromic Acid Type II: Sulphuric Acid Type III : Hard Anodic Coatings TYPE I: CHROMIC ACID ANODIZING MIL-A-8625 This is…

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How to Specify Anodized and Painted Finishes

SAFINISH — A Designation System For Specifying Aluminum Finishes Southern Aluminum Finishing Company (SAF) is the developer of the SAFINISH Designation System for specifying exterior finishes used on architectural aluminum building products. When architects specify SAFINISH, the resulting finish has the longest…

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How to Decide Between Anodizing, Painting and Powder Coating

Choosing the Right Coating for your Aluminum Anodizing | Organic Coatings | Recommendations | Conclusions The purpose of this article is to help you decide what type of coating to use — anodizing, paint, or powder coating when specifying architectural aluminum, whether the application is metal roofing, storefront, or…

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