New style reports from 2018 show that brass furniture has made a comeback taking inspirations from art deco, streamline, and some more contemporary styles. You might have seen brass popping up in homes and restaurants and as we see resi-mercial trends coming into the workplace, it comes as no surprise that home decor has spearheaded the brass trend. You can find it anywhere from light fixtures to cabinet hardware. Brass finishes will make a subtle and understated impression on your interior. Much more refined and understated than its use in the Victorian era, contemporary brass parts bring a hint of luxury and sophistication. Most importantly, brass is highly durable and makes for a long lasting final product.
WHAT IS BRASS?
Solid brass is an alloy metal made from copper and zinc. There are many manufacturing methods used to create the hardware, including wrought, forged, cast and die-cut processes.
Strong – Solid brass is a strong and durable metal. The combination of zinc and copper contribute to the strength of the material.
Long-lasting – Unlike aluminum and plated steel, a solid brass fixture won’t need to be replaced because of rust or corrosion. While it can cost more in an initial investment, you tend to save money in the long run since they won’t have to keep replacing the unit.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOLID AND PLATED?
Since solid brass is so desirable, hardware is often treated to look like the material. Yet, it won’t give you the same quality. Plated items are often made from steel or pure zinc, which are thin and will break down over time. Ask your builder to be sure of the metal used. However, when you’re buying your own products, look for a clearly identified solid brass marking. (Kingston Brass)
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO USING BRASS IN FURNITURE?
When you’re working with a project that has very strict specifications, brass delivers. If you need to have fittings exposed, brass is finished in a variety of different ways, whether lacquered, polished, plated in chrome or given a nickel or antique finish. It can be used for accents to furniture, or entire structural elements like piping that you might want to keep open to the eye as a design element.
Because of its many other working properties, brass is a metal that is highly durable. We all know hospitality environments and workspaces can take harsh conditions, brass is the the most durable solution with minimal to no servicing required.
RESISTANCE TO CORROSION
Other metals can have serious corrosion issues, but brass is second to none in terms of corrosion resistance. Corrosion and rust can cause serious wear and tear on metal, so a corrosion-free metal is the best option in these situations. Even the worst corrosive water won’t cause corrosion in brass.
TOLERANCE OF HIGH TEMPERATURES
Brass is very ductile in high temperatures, and can withstand much higher temperatures than other options, to the point of being among the only surviving items in a serious fire.
It also molds better than most materials on the market. Even though the metal is malleable, it still retains serious durability and dependability. (Red Hed)