Titanium Overview

Titanium is the New Generation building material it represents a perfect blend of versatility, durability, sustainability and natural beauty, Everything you should expect in a high end, high performance building material. It’s dramatic, maintenance free natural finish; excellent corrosion resistance, low thermal expansion and competitive cost make it the practical choice for diverse architectural applications. Including; exterior cladding, roofing systems, column covers, fascia, soffit, interior cladding and cabinets, windows and doors etc….

Superior Corrosion Resistance
Titanium is absolutely immune to environmental conditions, regardless of the presence of acidic pollutants even in the harshest salt-water marine environment. Where all other metals fail, titanium endures. Architectural titanium’s unsurpassed corrosion resistance results from its stable, highly adherent, protective surface oxide film. Because the metal is highly reactive and has a strong affinity for oxygen, the beneficial oxide film forms spontaneously when exposed to moisture or air. In fact, a damaged oxide film can generally restore itself instantaneously.

Lowest Thermal Coefficient
Applications requiring “Architectural Flatness” in roof and wall systems benefit greatly from its low expansion rate. Titanium’s coefficient of thermal expansion is half that of stainless steel and copper, one third of aluminum and, only 25% of zinc. This effectively eliminates surface distortion and stress related abnormalities normally related to expansion and contraction. Which in turn affords more latitude in concept and design, resulting in larger, flatter panel systems, tight seams, and clean lines. In addition to having excellent mechanical strength (comparable to H.S Steel), titanium is durable and shock resistant. It’s modulus of elasticity (a measure of strain rate) is half that of stainless steel. This means titanium is more flexible and consequently; thermal stress on titanium is very low.

Natural Surface Finish
The basic appearance of natural titanium is pleasing due to its soft reflectivity and subtle silver-grey color. Dramatic and, visually inspiring. Titanium coexists easily with coordinated building surfaces and tones. Uniform consistency in overall finish affords designers a stable, congruent surface with no noticeable change from it’s naturally developing oxide film. And due to its outstanding corrosion resistance, titanium requires no corrosion preventive coating. In addition, titanium’s appearance can be customized through a variety of secondary metal processing techniques, including etching, embossing, abrasive blasting, plating, anodizing and perforating.

Fabrication
Conventional installation and fabrication procedures, similar to those used for other architectural metals, apply to architectural titanium. Its workability is comparable to stainless steel and zinc. Standard metal forming tools, processing and techniques are employed for titanium. Regular Argon TIG welding procedures coupled with titanium’s self- restoring oxide film prevents welds from deteriorating. Titanium weighs about 60% of steel, half that of copper and 1.7 times that of aluminum. Strength to weight ratio simplifies fabrication and permits ease of installation. Architectural titanium can be supplied as coil or sheet. Typical thicknesses from .5mm to 1.mm are available in widths up to 48″. Commercially pure Grade 1/2 (ASTM B265) is most commonly specified for architectural applications.

Green Building Product
Due this its relative inertness, and longest life cycle, titanium is considered environmentally friendly. It is 100% recyclable and the product of a renewable resource.

A Cost Effective Building Material
Titanium is competitively priced with other architectural metals. New, more effective production techniques, combined with an abundance of raw and refined ore, have improved availability. Titanium’s corrosion immunity, strength and physical properties further lower its installed unit cost. Well-researched designs that exploit its unique attributes and long- term savings from durability and low maintenance make titanium today’s most cost- effective architectural building material on a lifecycle basis. 100-year warranty.

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