Architect

Contrarian Micro Textures, by Rigidized® Metals Corporation, provides materials applications assistance for Architects throughout our website. Below is quick information and links to directly connect you to the resources you need:

Project Galleries

Contrarian Micro Textures' Project Gallery provide excellent examples of the beauty and versatility of stainless steel, and it's suitability for building envelope applications, roofing and wall systems, as well as more traditional uses for interiors.

Product Information

Contrarian Micro Textures has an unrivaled selection of decorative flat rolled finishes. This website includes visual images of many of our products. Don't see exactly what you're looking for? Contact us and we'll work with you to create a custom solution to suit your needs. Product Data Sheets provide size ranges and other application information to enable designers to find the product that will best work visually and practically.

Specifications Support

Beyond our product data sheet information, which can help the specifier develop material specifications, Contrarian Micro Textures also offers downloadable 3-part Specifications and/or BIM Object files in a variety of formats and versions - click here to view and download! We have regional product consultants in the United States who are prepared to provide personal assistance as well. Click here to request contact from a representative.

Technical Assistance

In addition to the many technical reference articles available on the website under Resources, Contrarian Micro Textures' representatives are available to provide personal expertise relating to the application of our products to your projects. Click here to request contact from a Contrarian Micro Textures representative.

Product Selection Guide

Based on common selection criteria for materials, our Materials Selection tab provides resources to help you narrow down choices to those most appropriate for your specific application.

Samples

Contrarian Micro Textures has professional product binders available which include numerous sample chips and product information. Individual samples for design boards and product submittals are also available upon request.

Environmental Benefits

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design™ can be found under the Save Energy tab and throughout our Resources section. Topics include:

  • Thermal & Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design™ Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

As key advisors to building owners, architects may benefit from understanding the economics of stainless steel building ownership. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Contractor

If you are a contractor, you will want Contrarian Micro Textures on your job. We are uniquely positioned as a high performance metal producer with a singular focus on architectural applications. Simply put, we speak your language and look after project details to ensure things go smoothly. Benefits of including Contrarian Micro Textures on your team include:

Product Execution

Since Contrarian Micro Textures produces its products for architectural applications, great care is taken to ensure metal flatness and uniformity so that your project turns out meeting the expectations of the owner.

Product Applications

Misapplied stainless steel can fail. For example, the wrong grade installed in a marine environment can rust. Contrarian Micro Textures takes great care to know where each shipment is going so that proper performance of the product can be anticipated.

Coordination of Production

Oftentimes there are several subcontractors each procuring the same material to conduct their part of a project. Contrarian Micro Textures makes every effort to coordinate production of the entire order so that economies of scale can be taken advantage of for cost reasons, as well as minimizing the opportunity for panel mismatch in the production of lot sensitive finishes. Further, we are well accustomed to storing and delivering material to meet fabrication/installation schedules.

Inventory

While many of our shipments are produced specifically for a project, we maintain a certain amount of inventory to support smaller projects and mockup orders. In particular, we maintain a supply of various sizes of InvariMatte® stainless steel for roofing and other cladding applications, as well as a number of other finishes for general fabrication.

Cleaning Instructions

In our Resources section you will find additional product maintenance information, including instructions for Cleaning Stainless Steel.

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design can be found on the Save Energy tab, and throughout our Resources tab. Topics include:

  • Thermal ® Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

As key advisors to building owners, architects may benefit from understanding the economics of stainless steel building ownership. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Fabricator/Panel Manufacturer

While architects often specify our products from the outset, fabricators and panel manufacturers often bring Contrarian Micro Textures into their projects based on their confidence in our product execution and service. Since the company is singularly focused on architectural applications, our expertise is of great value. In the Resources section, this website contains a substantial library of reference information that is helpful to metalworking companies. These include:

Product Information

Contrarian Micro Textures has an unrivaled selection of decorative flat rolled finishes. This website includes visual images of most of the products. However, custom solutions are also available. Product data sheets provide size range as well as other application information that can help the designer find a product that works both visually as well as practically.

Technical Assistance

In addition to the many technical reference articles available on the website, Contrarian Micro Textures’ knowledgeable representatives are available to provide personal assistance relating to the application of our products to your projects.

Project References

If you browse through the project references you can see what our products look like installed, including roofing and wall systems as well as more traditional uses of stainless steel for interiors.

Inventory

While many of our shipments are produced specifically for projects, we maintain a certain amount of inventory to support smaller projects and mockup orders. In particular, we maintain a supply of various sizes of InvariMatte® stainless steel for roofing and other cladding applications to support metal fabricating companies.

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design can be found on the home page under Save Energy, and throughout our Resources tab. Topics include:

  • Thermal & Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

As key advisors to building owners, architects may benefit from understanding the economics of stainless steel building ownership. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Spec Writer/Engineer

There are numerous resources available on this website for engineers and specification writers that require information about stainless steel in building applications. Ready resources include:

Product Information

Contrarian Micro Textures has an unrivaled selection of decorative flat rolled finishes. This website includes visual images of most of the products. However, custom solutions are also available. Product data sheets provide size range as well as other application information that can help the designer find a product that works both visually as well as practically.

Specifications Support

Beyond the product data sheet information that can help the specifier develop a material specification, Contrarian Micro Textures offers downloadable 3-part Specifications and/or BIM Object files in a variety of formats and versions - click here to view and download! We have regional representatives in the United States who are prepared to provide personal assistance as well. Click here to request contact from a representative.

Product Selection Guide

Based on common selection criteria for materials, our Product Selection Guide helps narrow choices down to those most appropriate for the specific application in mind.

Technical Assistance

In addition to the many technical reference articles available on the website, Contrarian Micro Textures’ representatives are available to provide personal assistance relating to the application of our products to your projects.

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design can be found under the Save Energy tab and throughout our Resources section. Topics include:

  • Thermal & Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

As key advisors to building owners, architects may benefit from understanding the economics of stainless steel building ownership. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs and throughout our Resources tabs:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Building Owner

As a building owner, there are many benefits to having Contrarian Micro Textures' products used on your structures, including reduced operating costs, durability, easier maintenance and being better for the environment. Stainless steel clad buildings, which have been around since the 1920's, have grown from novelties to become a valid part of mainstream construction. Our website offers vast information and reference for the benefits of a stainless-clad building.

While stainless steel costs more than many other materials to install, it’s tough to beat from a life cycle cost standpoint. Further, a high end façade that looks great indefinitely preserves your property value. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Economics

Today's owners of such historic buildings as the Chrysler, Empire State and Sacony Mobil, buildings in New York continue to derive benefits from the decisions made so many years ago to sue stainless steel. The Chrysler Building, constructed in 1930, has had only two cleanings of its stainless steel dome, one in 1962 and the other in 1995. The stainless is continuing to do its job quite effectively, with no foreseeable roof replacement required.

The Sacony Mobil building, the cleaning of which after 40+ years is pictured below, had its façade restored with soap and water, with ammonia used on some spots. Other materials would not have cleaned up so easily and would have required painting or replacement by the time those panels were cleaned.

In 2011, the owners of the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California chose Contrarian's InvariMatte® stainless steel for its beautiful appearance and unquestioned durability. With plans for the family to operate their hotel for many years to come, they were pleased at not having to provision cash flow at some future date to refurbish the exterior wall cladding.

Even if you don't intend to own and operate your building for decades, stainless clad buildings have a higher residual value of a stainless clad than those constructed with more common materials. Offering durability, low maintenance and a high-end appearance, Contrarian Micro Textures' line of stainless steel and other high-performance metal products offers value to building owners regardless of how long they intend to occupy.

Enviromental

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design can be found under the Save Energy tab and throughout our Resources section. Topics include:

  • Thermal ® Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

Project Galleries

Take the time to browse through our Project Galleries to get a sense of how beautiful stainless steel is when installed both inside and out of buildings and consider the economic value of selecting a durable product that will require very little maintenance and remain beautiful for decades to come.

Cleaning Instructions

Stainless steel is a remarkably durable construction material that, when properly specified and installed, will last indefinitely. Our Cleaning Stainless Steel Finishes page offers information about maintaining the original appearance of stainless steel, especially in high traffic areas. And, when particular contamination problems cannot be resolved using referenced methods, simply contact us.


Home Owner

Homeowners often overlook stainless steel as a building material. We suggest consider using stainless for roofing and exterior wall cladding as opposed to materials that require a considerable amount of maintenance. Our InvariMatte® product is ideal for roofing, which is possibly the best location in your house to invest in stainless steel. A stainless steel InvariMatte® roof will last for generations to come, even in coastal areas. More on this topic can be found on our page entitled Can Your Roof Go the Distance?

While stainless steel costs more than many other materials to install, it’s tough to beat from a life cycle cost standpoint. Further, a high end roof or facade that looks great indefinitely preserves your property value. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values

Exterior Walls & Environmental Information

Exterior wall systems made of stainless steel provide a low maintenance, long-lasting, environmentally sensible solution. A number of finishes are available for wall cladding both indoors and out.

Hawaii’s atmosphere contains both salt from the ocean and volcanic emissions, creating a very corrosive environment. While wood is a popular siding material in the islands, termite damage is an all too common problem. The duplex stainless steel wall panels pictured to the left are a great solution to both problems.

In 2011, the owners of the shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California chose Contrarian’s InvariMatte® stainless steel for its beautiful appearance and unquestioned durability. With plans for the family to operate their hotel for many years to come, they were pleased at not having to provision cash flow at some future date to refurbish the exterior wall cladding. Even though your home is not likely to be a hotel, the same economic scenario applies to your household budget. You don’t even have to deal with the expense or inconvenience of painting, ever.

Environmental Benefits

On the topic of environmental issues, stainless steel is highly recycled and 100% recyclable. This combined with the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. In addition, stainless steel for exterior cladding provides excellent thermal behavior without coatings to deteriorate or runoff of bio toxins, which are common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction. More information on these topics can be found under the Save Energy tab and throughout our Resources section. Topics include:

  • Thermal & Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

Other resources on this website include:

Product Information

In the Products section, you will find an unrivaled selection of finishes, patterns and colors in stainless steel and other metals that can be used around the house. Applications include:

  • Roofing
  • Exterior wall cladding
  • Interior walls
  • Countertops and backslashes
  • Stainless steel furniture
  • Cleaning Instructions

    In our Resources section you will find additional product maintenance information, including instructions for Cleaning Stainless Steel.


Student

Contrarian Micro Textures is pleased to provide architecture and engineering students with product information to support their projects. We are also pleased to offer a guest lecturer service for institutions that wish to have an expert speaker address their students regarding stainless steel for construction applications.

Stainless steel saves energy and mitigates the heat island effect of buildings. With its high recycled content and complete recyclability, the potential for stainless steel to last as long as the building stands, creates a sustainability loop that is the envy of other materials. When used for exterior cladding, stainless steel does not create runoff of bio toxins (common occurrences with traditional metals used in construction). Information about environmental issues, including LEED® and Green Globes Design can be found under the Save Energy tab and throughout our Resources section. Topics include:

  • Thermal & Solar Reflectance
  • The Insulation Value of Stainless Steel
  • Stainless Steel Buildings Combat Climate Change
  • The Enhanced Thermal and Solar Reflectance of InvariMatte® Stainless Steel
  • Extraordinary Recycling Efficiency
  • LEED® and Green Globes Design Points
  • The Superior Durability of Stainless Steel
  • Eliminate Biocide Runoff

As key advisors to building owners, architects may benefit from understanding the economics of stainless steel building ownership. The following information can be found under the Reduce Costs tab and throughout our Resources section:

  • Acquisition Costs Put in Perspective
  • Reduce Energy Consumption
  • Reduce Maintenance Expenses
  • Reduce Damage Losses
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintain Property Values