There are several factors to keep in mind when selecting a material for your building application, whether it be interior, exterior or a roof. Use the resources below to weigh the pros and cons of using specific materials for your unique application.

Selection Criteria

Metal Selection Criteria

Before selecting architectural metals for any project, it is first necessary to define the environment in which the building will be located.

Among the factors that must be considered are:

  • Atmospheric contaminants/pollutants
  • Proximity to salt water
  • Nearby application of deicing salts and airborne abrasives (sand, soil, debris)
  • Ultraviolet exposure
  • Humidity range
  • Externally induced fire risk (airborne sparks or brush fires)
  • Frequency of maintenance on the part of the owner

Download our detailed metal selection technical information sheet, here.

Decorative Finishes

Decorative Metal Finishes

Contrarian Micro Textures features a complete line of architectural metal products offering significantly less product variability than other commonly available materials. Our decorative metal sheets provide the highest degree of consistency and outperform other metals in finish quality, shape and performance.

There are a variety of decorative architectural sheet metal finishes available, including dull or matte textured stainless steel, textured titanium and colorized and mirror-finished stainless steel. Our representatives can help you determine what architectural metal finish option will best suit your needs.

Download our detailed metal finishes data sheet, here.

For additional images of all of our finishes, click here.

Zinc & Copper Alternatives

Alternatives to Zinc & Copper

Zinc and copper have been used widely in construction over the last 200 years, offering better longevity than traditional metals, which rely on paint and other coatings to protect them. There are beautiful examples all over the world of these traditional high-end metals. Today, however, there are better alternatives for those who wish to create long-lasting buildings and address modern concerns about the environment – specifically global warming, energy conservation, and environmental contamination. InvariMatte® stainless steel, or titanium, address these concerns beautifully. While these newer, high-tech materials are well-suited to a modern-contemporary design aesthetic, they also look at home on historic restorations.

Advantages to using these materials over zinc and copper include:

  • Superior solar reflection
  • Self cleaning finishes
  • Longer lifespan due to corrosion resistance
  • Fire resistance
  • Hail resistance
  • No toxic runoff
  • Fabrication benefits
  • Paint-able
  • Zero discoloration or fade

See our Save Energy, Reduce Costs, and Fabrication pages for more information.


substrates & roofing materials

When selecting a material for your next building application, it's important to know the difference in surface characteristics among our different textures. Contrarian Micro Textures offer several beneficial surface characteristics by way of cleanability, abrasion resistance, uniformity, flatness and more. Additionally, using our products on roofing applications adds durability and insulation savings, compared with other roofing products. Compare our products by surface characteristics, as well as our roofing products, in the downloadable charts, below.

Substrate Comparison Chart

Roofing Comparison Chart