We’ve recently had a number of customers requesting stainless steel standoffs of varying lengths and diameters. Typically, we make standoffs up to 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height, so some of these custom jobs have been real treats for us.
We frequently receive customer inquiries about whether Monarch Z Clips can be mounted to drywall and which fasteners to use when doing so.
In a nutshell, yes, you can mount the continuous lengths to drywall. However, it’s important to remember that the strength of the Monarch Z Clip Hanging Systems derives from the material you are mounting to and the fastener that you select. If you were to mount the continuous lengths with regular sheet metal screws and not penetrate any studs, it is very likely the system would fail with any amount of shear load.
Monarch serves a variety of industries and it always surprises us when we learn all the different ways our customers use our products. Our MFTAPE clip is particularly versatile and customers have used it on everything from acrylic signs to back painted glass panels.
MFTAPE comes equipped with two strips of pre-applied 3M VHB tape that work via peel-and-stick application. The design is intended to help you install panels easily without having to drill directly into them.
When considering the best strategy for installing your application, choosing the appropriate grade of stainless steel is of paramount importance. While there’s a wide range of stainless steels on the market, we at Monarch Metal typically use two types for our products: 304 and 316. To the untrained eye, these two types may seem interchangeable, especially since they look the same side by side. But, in fact, Types 304 and 316 have very different properties that should be taken into consideration.
One of our core values here at Monarch is to really listen to our customers’ needs and accommodate them as best we can. Over the past few months, we’ve gotten quite a few requests for a brushed finish on sharp corner stainless steel products. This can often be cost-prohibitive because these products require long lead times and the material is expensive. So, we’ve spent a lot of time trying to find a less expensive yet high quality alternative that our customers can use.
We’ve recently adopted a new stainless anodize process that gives aluminum parts the appearance of stainless steel. The way it works is that an aluminum part, like an angle or a channel, is first given a brushed finish then anodized with a dye that matches the color of stainless steel. The end product is an aluminum piece that more or less matches the stainless steel finishes you often see on appliances like a stainless steel refrigerator.
In addition to creating the look our customers want, the stainless anodize process also saves quite a bit of money. Stainless steel is typically more expensive and can be cost-prohibitive when planning both large and small scale projects which makes aluminum a great alternative. Aluminum is also lighter in weight, so it’s less expensive to ship and easier to handle on the job site.
Stainless anodized aluminum is ideal for applications where strength and weight are important considerations. It’s also great for projects where aesthetic is important, but cost effectiveness is a concern.
One trend on the rise in the architectural wall panel market is the use of hidden fasteners. Architects prefer hidden fastening systems because they create a clean, modern aesthetic, which is in stark contrast to the bulky, industrial appearance of exposed bolts and hardware. The problem is that achieving this look can be challenging when presented with the myriad of modern materials such as phenolic laminates, solid surfaces, composites and engineered stone products on the market today. We all know that “Z clips” are a great way to mount both interior and exterior wall panels, but how can we mount this hardware to many of these popular materials? While each wall panel product presents its own challenges, many of the common issues can be addressed using self-anchoring inserts. One product in particular that we will discuss in this article is the Keep-Nut anchoring system which has many unique advantages that make it well-suited for these applications.
We get a lot of custom orders at Monarch, and recently we completed a job for a customer that was a bit unusual for us. The job called for a mirror polish on 11 gauge stainless steel corner guards. We typically see orders for a #4 brushed finish on 16 or 18 gauge stainless steel but, for this order in particular, we started the process with a #8 mirror polish instead.
If you’re looking for a new way to hang glass panels without having to stop and consider fastener presentation, then Monarch’s MFTAPE is the system for you. This concealed fastener system, which is among the newer glass hanging systems on the market, offers customers a clean and simple way to mount all types of glass applications.