Dimensions: Plain undecorated metal and metal laminates
Material Dimensions Inches: 48″ x 96″ or 48″ x 120″
Material Dimensions mm: 1220 x 2438 or 1220 x 3048
Specifiers should consider the most economical use of these standard sizes before designing a project. If the intended metal facing has formed edges, the overall standard blank size should always fall within the above dimensions.
Plain metal sheets of architectural quality vary in thickness between .025″ (.60 mm) and .124″ (3 mm). Just as any other high traffic and high wear application, the specifier needs to consider minimum thickness to avoid denting.
Elevator surfaces such as doors and cab wall facings are usually specified in 18 gauge (0.050″ or 1.20 mm). If the plain metal sheet is glued to a solid substrate, such as steel, heavy plywood or particle board, then 20 gauge (0.040″ or 1.00 mm) Stainless Steel is sufficient. For an identical application in brass alloys (which are softer materials) we recommend to specify nothing less than 18 or 16 gauge (0.050″ or 0.060″) ( 1.20 mm or 1.50 mm). If the plain metal sheet is used for a hollow structure, such as a column cover, at least 16 Gauge Stainless Steel (0.124″ or 3.00 mm) Copper Alloys should be specified.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES CAN ANY DECORATED METAL SHEETS BE WELDED BECAUSE IT WILL DESTROY THE DECORATIVE FINISH IN THE WELDED AREA.
The specifier should avoid specifying highly decorated facings with metal which is too thin for the intended purpose. The resulting installation will look poor while the extra cost for decorated metal will be wasted.