Brass Angle Bars in Architecture

Brass Angle Bars in Architecture

Published in Specialty Metals
06/01/2020

Angle bars, used widely to provide structural support on different platforms and beams are most often made from galvanized steel. However, brass angle bars go beyond their common role.

From corrosion resistance to elegant and classic aesthetics, brass angled bars, in their variety of finishes, can enrich any architectural design, since it provides an array of options for functional and decorative applications.

Brass Properties

There are over thirty-five different types of standard brass, each with particular properties to suit specific applications throughout various industries.

Besides the traditional properties brass possesses such as strength, electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance, here are some main characteristics of this copper and zinc alloy that makes brass one of the most sought after metal for architecture and construction.


Color and texture

Depending on the percentage of zinc, copper and other additives, brass can be found in a variety of rich colors, that go from a reddish to a yellow tone that can match gold shades, making it a great inexpensive alternative for real gold applications. Brass can even be found in colors like chocolate brown or even black thanks to toning brass techniques.

Due to its malleable characteristics brass can be polished into high gloss and mirror like finishes.

There are many other decorative treatments, like enameling and plating using chromium, nickel, silver or gold, that brass can undergo to extend the creative possibilities.


Workable

As we said before, brass is an extremely strong, malleable, flexible and ductile metal, giving it the ability to be extruded, rolled, drawn, cast and hot stamped, as well as excellent machining qualities.

Besides angle bars, it can be used for tubes, plates, profiles, sheets, rods, foil and wire providing a wide range of architectural applications that surpass those of common construction metals like aluminum and steel.

Weather resistant

Apart from being resistant to corrosion, brass has an unparalleled high tolerance to extreme conditions, so it won’t degrade easily under sun exposure.

It can withstand temperature up to 200 °C without softening and sub-zero temperature, down to -100 °C, and it will not be brittle.

Since copper has antibacterial properties, brass can be a perfect material for clinical environments or public applications, such as railings, because it inhibits the growth and spread of most microorganisms.


Brass angle bars main uses


Since brass is incredibly tough and can complement most architectural and interior design concepts it has been used for many years now from structural purposes to ornamental ones.

These are some of the most common ways to utilize brass angle bars in architecture:


  • Handrails
  • Balustrades
  • Interior trims
  • Reinforced edges and corners
  • Prop frames and shelving units
  • Decorative and protective finishes
  • Hardware
  • Electrical components


There are many applications for brass angle bars, therefore we must keep in mind that choosing the right size and type of brass is crucial for the success of any architectural project.

Diversified Ulbrich can provide you with the guidance and assistance you need to choose the right brass angle bar so you can achieve your design goals, whether it’s in your home or your line of business.

Resources:

https://copperalliance.fr/resources/pub-089-architectural-brass/?download=please#:~:text=The%20specialised%20uses%20of%20brass,the%20drawing%20board%20and%20under

https://rotaxmetals.net/why-is-brass-so-popular-in-the-construction-industry/

https://industriacide.com/various-uses-of-angle-bars/

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