Architecture and Design

As an industry-leading metal finishing company, Polished Metals has provided finished architectural metals for countless design projects. Our highly experienced and talented team has worked with renowned designers including I.M. Pei; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Kuwait Chancery, National Museum of US Army); Jessica Jamroz; and Frederic Schwartz (Empty Sky Memorial) over the years.

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What Are Architectural Metals?

Architectural metals refer to metal products specifically fabricated and finished for use in the design and construction of various types of buildings. These products must meet rigorous standards of quality, both to provide superior durability and protection and to produce the precise aesthetic intended by a given design.

Supplying Architectural Metals Across All Use Cases

Metal products are commonly and prominently used across numerous architectural projects worldwide. While this is not an exhaustive list of use cases for architectural metals, it does provide context for the various applications within this industry:

  • Anti-Vandalism Exterior Cladding, Artist/Etching/Schools, Building Barriers/Bollards, Doors/Entrances/Turnstyles, Signage, Stairways/Handrails, Storefronts/Exterior Fixtures, Various Marquee Projects, Railing Systems, Crowd Control, Safety Barriers, Sculptures, etc.
  • Display Cases/Showcases, Metal Cladding, Metal Fabrication, Marine Hardware, Metal Ceilings, (include bronze, stainless & aluminum ceilings/walls), Lobbies, Interiors, Column Covers, Exterior Facades, Custom Furniture, Custom Lighting, Revolving Doors, Pot Bearings
  • All metal types, typically with a satin or mirror finish, are used in architecture projects requiring railings, including top rails, pickets, cap rail and glass rails, most often used in malls, hotels, casinos, restaurants and even private homes

Metals used in architectural projects vary greatly depending on a project’s budget, location, structural demands, and creative vision. Some of the most common include stainless steel, 385 brass (architectural bronze), aluminum, and copper.

The Perfect Finish Every Time

Architecture and design require a wide range of finishes, often including custom metal finishing requests. Our in-house facility allows us to work with architects and designers to create (or match) any finish desired to achieve their vision and bring any design to life.

With decades of experience, our team of experts is also ready to answer any questions regarding particular finishes or the suitability of various metal type in terms of durability, cleaning protocol, anti-graffiti properties, and more.

From start to finish, we are committed to providing unparalleled customer service and delivering a superior product with the exact finish you envisioned. Reach out today for a quote on architectural metal polishing!


“Plain and simple, we could not do what we do nearly as well without the consistent quality and support that we get from the entire team at Polished Metals Ltd. Your metal is top-notch, and the service that we get from David and Mary is even better! Our team has always enjoyed working with you guys, and we look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.”

Architecture and Design

“I have worked with Polished Metals periodically throughout my 18 year carrier in the custom metal fabrication industry. They have been a consistent, reliable vendor for me both in regards to informational needs and as a product supplier. Quotes are often required to be turned around by me very quickly and Bob Gunther at Polished Metals sends me pricing and lead-times extremely fast. Our product arrives when we are told it will and if there are any delays (which does not happen often) we are informed ahead of time, which is appreciated. Product arrives undamaged and is of good quality 99% of the time and when there is an issue with damage or defects Polished Metals responds quickly and makes things right quickly. I highly suggest using Polished Metals for your quality metal needs.”

Architecture and Design

“Mary, It has been a pleasure working with you over several years. A fabricator is only as good as his suppliers, that is why we worked with you. You are one of the best in the industry.”

Architecture and Design

“When it comes to metal companies there are loads of companies that talk a good game, but Jay Isherwood from Polished Metals helps you make it happen. Polished Metals has offered us a great service with unparalleled consistency and amazing quality control. He has given us the confidence we needed to make an accurate timetable with our clients and each time, delivered as promised. Looking forward to the next project and working together again, thank you.”

Architecture and Design

“Our company produces and installs complex high-end projects in New York City. Procuring the materials for projects like the Edge Observation Deck at Hudson Yards can be extremely involved. Polished Metals exceeded our requirements for all our architectural metal needs on this and many other demanding NYC projects. Over the years they have provided everything from raw material to complex fabricated components for our installations. The key to our relationship has been outstanding communication and trust. As anyone in the construction industry knows things can change in an instant, how a company responds to those changes is critical. Mary and the whole team at Polished Metals have shown that they not only respond but have come through for us time and again.”

Architecture and Design

“Working with Polished Metals is always a pleasurable and exceptionally professional experience. Their range of capability is nearly limitless and in the fabrication industry they are extremely helpful in making sure a top quality product is delivered every single time. The sales team is nothing short of professional, they are very knowledgeable of the industry and they deliver top shelf service every time. Material range is everything we could need and they are surely a top choice when it comes to purchasing material for a project, large or small. If you want a top quality product and an enjoyable experience in receiving it, choose Polished Metals!”

Architecture and Design

“Polished Metals has been a Preferred Vendor of ours for over a decade. Our corporate philosophy dictates that we have Alternate or Secondary Supplier for all product, with the exception of #8 Mirror Polished Stainless Steel. We’ve tried to qualify other suppliers to no avail, as none of them can compete in any of the critical categories. The Customer Support provided by Bob Gunther cannot be replicated, pricing is fair, delivery is always on-time and quality is fantastic. As the Corporate Purchasing Manager for the last 7 years, not once have I had a negative experience with Polished Metals. I can’t say enough good things about them.”

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