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While restoring an Auckland historic home we were able to deduce with some certainty that the last time the roof was repair was in 1967. Because that’s the date on the newspapers used for wadding that our craftsmen hauled out of the turret as we started the refurbishment. While it was screwed up pretty tightly [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Concepts, Copper, Residential, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Fairytale Finish by MDS

It took a unique blend of contemporary computer modelling with centuries-old artisanship to restore this hundred-year-old copper turret on an iconic Auckland home. It’s not the type of job brief we get every day. But then again, few are. This job called for the refurbishment of a copper dome above this turret atop this historic [...]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Concepts, Copper, Residential|0 Comments

Slip, Slap, Sloppy

How NOT to cause blotches when you install your metal finish. Every boatie will tell you the importance of having a sacrificial anode on their boat. The reason is that electrical currents passing from the boat to the water will take the path of least resistance, and as it leaves it will take a small [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Commercial, Residential, Zinc|0 Comments

MDS High 5

A look at five iconic projects which have helped position MDS as a leader in bespoke metal roofing and cladding. Although Metal Design Solutions has worked on literally thousands of metal roofing and cladding projects over the last 15-20 years, there have been several key jobs which have gone a long way to defining who [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Copper, Residential|0 Comments

Material Preservation

The importance of leaving the film in place until the job is finished... Part 5 of 5 on the art of material interfaces. Although a small aspect of any job, these elements take considerable planning and insight, which only a true artisan can provide. While metal roofs and walls are generally long lasting and low [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Residential|0 Comments

Scope Creep

Adding extras which were never in the plans... Part 4 of 5 on the art of material interfaces. Although a small aspect of any job, these elements take considerable planning and insight, which only a true artisan can provide. Imagine working on this project. On the plans the roof stops at one point, and the [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Residential|0 Comments

Onsite Tweaks

Some aspects can’t be planned in the factory, and require delicate onsite adjustments. Part 3 of 5-part series on the art of material interfaces. Although a small aspect of any job, these elements take considerable planning and insight, which only a true artisan can provide. One of the nightmares for roofers is chimneys, skylights, roof [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Residential|0 Comments

Function Over Form

Part 2 of 5 on the art of material interfaces. Although a small aspect of any job, these elements take considerable planning and insight, which only a true artisan can provide.  Our standing seam roofing profiles are a stunning way to finish any low-angled or flat roofs. But sometimes architects provide us with curve-balls which [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Residential|0 Comments

What you don’t see in the drawings

The seamless integration of three different materials at a single point. Building With Metal (1 of 5) Quite often we’re confronted with joinery problems which no one really anticipated. In this instance, our job is to blend the aluminium joinery and the wooden paneling with our aluminium cladding. Because we’re the outside skin of the [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Aluminium, Commercial, Residential|0 Comments

Anatomy of a Metal Clad Project

At MDS we’re often asked just how much impact we have in the design and functionality of a metal cladding project. The answer is A LOT! Most of the jobs we deliver are custom jobs, and involve many complex angles and shapes. We work on the principal that if your job is managed properly from [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Copper, Residential|0 Comments
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