Adding a Micro Texture
By adding a micro texture to stainless steel for exterior and roofing applications, the benefits of using this material increase tenfold. A low glare stainless steel finish, like Contrarian Micro Textures’ InvaiMatte®, is easy on the eyes, even in direct sunlight, which makes it ideal for roofing applications. Its unique finish, which involves no coatings, is rolled directly into the surface of the metal.
Benefits of Exterior Applications
While it does have a muted appearance, the InvariMatte® texture allows just enough reflection to take on the colors of the environment around it. InvariMatte® retains its original beauty over time without developing a patina.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of using micro textured stainless steel is its enhanced durability. It is capable of lasting the life of the building (resisting corrosion, fire, wind and hail). Additionally, it can be welded, creating stronger, more durable joints.
Energy Saving & Environmentally Friendly
Stainless steel is a very efficient reflector of solar energy, substantially reducing insulation requirements. Unlike other bare metals that patina, or paints that oxidize, stainless steel retains all of its original solar reflectivity and energy efficiency for as long as it remains installed. Stainless steel comes from 75% recycled content and is 100% recyclable without downgrading. Additionally, stainless steel creates no biocide runoff, unlike copper, zinc and lead.
For the architect, panel manufacturer, fabricator, installer or contractor considering a stainless steel roof, you can expect a beautiful, permanent roof system that will be very economical in the long run. Great for the environment and easy to work with, InvariMatte® stainless steel is an ideal choice for beautiful, durable, energy-saving roofs.
Restoration & Traditional Design
Stainless steel has been playing an increasingly significant role in architecture, including restoration and traditional design. Until recently, stainless steel finish choices were too bright and glaring to fit with the traditional design. Perhaps this delayed the use of this material for restorations and traditional buildings. The development of InvariMatte®, a uniform, low glare micro-embossed stainless steel texture, opened the door, not only to glare-sensitive buildings like airport roofs and urban high rises but also to historic structures and traditional architecture. Further, the tendency of InvariMatte® to absorb color from its surroundings helps it fit in with any design.