05 70 00 Decorative Metal

05 70 00 Decorative Metal

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05 70 00 Decorative Metal

CSI 3-part specification for decorative metals including, ornamental railings, covers, enclosures, and similar components. The section includes the most commonly encountered metals; steel bars, stainless steel, wrought and cast iron, aluminum, brass, bronze, and copper. Other metal types can be added by the specifier.


Due to the wide range of decorative metal components available, this section covers basic materials and finishes only. Specifics of construction, attachment, gages, and thicknesses, etc. must be detailed on project drawings.


Other metal fabrications, sometimes referred to as “Miscellaneous Metals”, including metal pipe and tube railings, ladders, bar gratings, nosings for concrete treads, and bollards are specified in 05 50 00 – Metal Fabrications.




Decorative Metal

Decorative Metal

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