GKD Metal Fabrics has introduced its new weave patterns that will provide architects and designers with countless options for interior and exterior product specification needs, from cost-effective aluminum and specialty interiors to façades and sunshading.
GKD Metal Fabrics now offers its complete portfolio of rigid/PC metal fabric in a show-stopping bronze. This material offers similar properties to stainless steel but creates a completely different aesthetic for commercial exteriors and interiors. With an option for clear coating, specifiers can choose to keep the warm bronze tone for years to come or allow the panels to achieve the natural patina indicative of the material.
Helix, a popular weave known for its dimensional appeal, flexibility, and variance in open area, is now available in a more cost-effective aluminum material. This lighter-weight material is better suited for interior applications such as ceilings, partitions, and wallcoverings where weight is a specification factor. Because aluminum is a lower price point than stainless steel, designers can ensure a tighter spec that meets both weight, cost, and maintenance requirements. The aluminum is anodized so that the material offers high performance characteristics such as low-maintenance and durability with light commercial traffic.
Ellipse, a rigid-weave pattern with tighter dimension and finer detail, is now available in a more cost-effective aluminum material. This lighter-weight material is better suited for framed interior applications such as railing infill, elevator cabs, and other specialty interiors that may not require the extreme strength of steel. However, the aluminum is anodized so that the material offers high performance characteristics such as low-maintenance and durability from light commercial traffic. Because aluminum is a lower price point than stainless steel, designers can ensure a tighter spec that meets both weight, cost, and maintenance requirements.
Choptank is a new rigid metal fabric design that offers a fresh take on a dimensional square weave pattern but with a smaller open area. When used an a sunshading material, this smaller open area controls the amount of natural light that can reach the interior of the building and therefore positively impact energy costs and building occupant comfort by limiting solar heat gain.
Ripple is a new pattern that provides visual variation through a diagonal repeating section of the weft wire accomplished by skipping a more closely positioned vertical wire. The resulting effect is that of a ripple across the surface of water.
Tigris TC-3 is an enhanced stainless-steel product that is a unique take on the original Tigris metal fabric, which features a triplet of warp wires spaced along a straight weft. With Tigris TC-3, the same triplet is scaled up and woven along a crimped horizontal wire for added texture and visual interest.