Linen is a stainless steel finish that is uniformly textured. It resembles woven linen and is suitable for architectural applications. Stringent process controls during manufacturing, assures the highest level of visual consistency. This embossed steel can be used for wall panels, coping, and trim.
For the best results over time, selection of the proper grade of Linen is important. Type 304, for most environments, is sufficient to prevent corrosion. Type 316 should be used near the seacoast. Low carbon versions of these grades (304L / 316L) should be used when parts are to be welded. See Table I in the data sheet for highlights of chemical analyses and properties. for extreme locations, e.g. near chemical plants or where steel may come into contact with salt water spray, different alloys will be required, subject to application review.
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Should a fire occur, Linen provides additional protection as stainless steel has a melting point of 2750° F.
Linen is supplied to the standard commercial allowances of ASTM (American Society for the Testing of Materials).
Linen can be welded or soldered. Preferably, use a grade of welding wire more noble than the workpiece. Through the use of shield gasses, the formation of a heat tint scale may be avoided in lighter gauges. When scale does form, care must be taken to remove it through mechanical or chemical means. Because Linen is directional, it is necessary to orient panels in relation to the rolling direction. After soldering, flux residue must be thoroughly removed.
Linen comes with a protective PVC covering that is high grade UV resistant and is designed to withstand the elements for several weeks. Yet it is recommended that this PVC covering be removed immediately after installation to prevent adhesive residue from adhering to the stainless steel finish. The appearance of this embossed steel is very uniform, but any metal surface, including a painted one, is sensitive to misalignment of panels on differing planes. Please take extra care to install within reasonable tolerances to ensure full benefit of Linen’s unvarying appearance. After installation, remove any rust stains from tools/construction debris.
Linen is designed to be essentially maintenance free. It will last for decades without requiring attention. Yet it may be appropriate at times to clean the surface in order to maintain its original appearance. Specific stainless steel agents are widely available. For general cleaning, any detergent or ammonia solution is effective. For stains, a sodium carbonate paste with a warm water rinse can be applied. For severe stains, you may use tri-sodium phosphate and caustic soda solutions. More difficult contaminants, like adhesive residue, will come off with pure acetone. Always avoid products containing chloride. Regularly clean out areas where occasional debris may collect, such as gutters.