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Polished metal elevator doors; we also polish brass and copper building fixtures

Metal Restoration

Architectural metal plays an aesthetic supporting role in your New York City building’s appearance. Sometimes ornate, other times subtle, architectural metal has become a hallmark of quality and prestige with designers and builders over the past century.

The growing prevalence of ornate metal as a decorative element in the early twentieth century provided a beginning for SanMar’s business. Our restoration experts use developed means to restore and protect architectural bronze, eliminating the need for constant and costly hand polishing.

While architectural metal is resilient, it’s also vulnerable to the damaging effects of our environment and daily use. Unfortunately, nature takes its toll on all metals; modern environmental hazards like air pollution and acid rain have created new challenges to maintaining metal surfaces.

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A polished metal elevator and lobby

Left untreated, damaged and neglected metal is not only a major expense to treat and repair, but it can create tenant and public safety hazards as it weakens and becomes unstable.

Metal – Preventative Maintenance

Whether the surface is bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, nickel-silver, or other porous and non-ferrous metals, SanMar’s experienced metal restorers have the knowledge to develop proven, cost-effective maintenance programs for the restoration and protection of all your metal surfaces.

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A restored metal building accent.

Excellence in metal restoration and maintenance is the hallmark of SanMar. We have led the industry in researching and developing new and improved metal maintenance procedures for all types of finishes and textures, including satin, mirror, oxidized, and non-directional finishes. As a result of these proprietary services, SanMar has been contracted to provide metal maintenance for many of the most prestigious buildings in the country.

Developing maintenance solutions

When we develop a metal maintenance solution, we do so with two objectives in mind. First, we want to assure that a facility’s architectural metal surfaces are as attractive as possible so the original beauty is maintained. Second, we strive to develop a long-term maintenance program that works within your budget and assures that architectural surfaces never need major repair or replacement due to wear, neglect, or potentially damaging cleaning procedures.

Metal – Historic Preservation

SanMar provides historic preservation to protect, stabilize, and maintain the existing materials and structure of historic places while preserving the heritage value of the structure. Craftsman and historic restoration teams focus on the original materials, while repairing and maintaining surrounding elements to match the existing.

Thoroughly understanding the actions and process necessary to undertake any type of historic preservation project is crucial in identifying, maintaining, and protecting a building, statue, or landmark’s heritage value. SanMar understands that having a depth of knowledge of the issues facing each unique preservation project impacts the entire project. Proper planning and proven methods coupled with expert execution ensure a successful outcome and desired result.

SanMar’s Three Conservation Approaches

Preservation: The action or process of protecting, maintaining, and stabilizing the existing materials, form, and integrity of a historic place or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value. Preservation can include both short-term and interim measures to protect or stabilize the place, as well as long-term actions to retard deterioration or prevent damage so that the place can be kept serviceable through routine maintenance and minimal repair, rather than extensive replacement and new construction.

Rehabilitation: The action or process of making possible a continuing or compatible contemporary use of a historic place or an individual component, through repair, alterations, or additions while protecting its heritage value.

Restoration: The action or process of accurately revealing, recovering, or representing the state of a historic place or of an individual component, as it appeared at a particular period in its history, while protecting its heritage value.

Historic buildings and institutions are preserved for as many reasons as they were built. With regard to historical preservation, most buildings are restored and protected based on the geographical region, age, and artistic and aesthetic value to the owner, community, and connections to historic events and people in history. Historic buildings are landmarks of past generations as an integral part of any neighborhood they are a part of. Depending on which historical time period, and the events that took place in the building, the type of work needing to be performed will typically fall under preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation.

Two terms commonly used in historic preservation are important to keep in mind: the “historic character” and the “integrity” of a property. “Historic character” is, in essence, the things that make a building special—its “visually distinctive features, materials, and spaces,” for example, or the architectural styling of a structure or its unique methods of construction or craftsmanship. “Integrity” refers to whether or not a building retains these important character-defining features and has not been inappropriately changed over time.

We listen to your concerns…

Another critical aspect of our metal maintenance service is that we take the time to understand your maintenance objectives. We ask the right questions upfront so we can design maintenance schedules that minimize the disruption of your daily operations.

Metal has provided functionality and architectural interest in buildings throughout history. SanMar’s expertise in preventative metal maintenance was developed through decades of experience researching, developing, and applying procedures to repair finishes and care for metal surfaces.

SanMar’s Restoration Advantages:

  • Cost-effective preventative maintenance programs that are custom-designed by the most experienced, knowledgeable representatives in the industry
  • Sensitivity to fragile and irreplaceable architectural appointments
  • Proper selection of protective coatings (i.e. low VOC coatings that are environmentally beneficial)
  • Creative and appropriate selection of refinishing methods, specifications, and techniques
  • Widest array of specialty refinishing products being used in the industry
  • Innovative new product applications to meet expanding presence of exotic substrates and finishes
  • Field technician quality, efficiency, and safety standardization