Ornamental Metal

Metal is frequently used as ornamentation, with ornamental metals bringing a standout appearance to commercial and residential buildings alike. At Polished Metals, the wide variety of metal types, products, and finishes we offer has made us the ideal choice for many clients in search of ornamental metal services. We’re able to bring even the most demanding and meticulous artistic visions to life through our polishing and finishing services, working with visionary designers such as I.M. Pei to create functional and aesthetic masterpieces.

ornamental metal fence gate in front of a mission

What Is Ornamental Metal?

Ornamental metal refers to any metal components that are added to serve an artistic, not functional, purpose. Ornamental metals may be seen in sculptures and other art installations, as well as adorning the interior and exterior of buildings. These types of fixtures are also commonly seen in private residences, both inside and outside, adding a visually appealing flair to typically functional items such as doors, fences, gates, windows, and much more.

Common Ornamental Products

Many metal products can be used as ornamentation. Here are a few examples of common use cases we’ve seen:

  • Ornamental sheet metal – Commonly used to cover the exterior of large commercial buildings, sections of decorative metal sheets are a frequent type of ornamentation that require precise, large-scale metal finishing.
  • Custom fences and gates – Fencing is typically a highly functional metal product. However, adding ornamental metal can make these practical products into a work of art. Ornamental metals may be used to top fence posts or to make entrances more impressive by adding artistic flair to a gate.
  • Art pieces – Many artists choose metal as a medium of expression, and ornamental metals often play a significant role in bringing their vision to life. 

What Kinds of Metal Are Used for Ornamental Purposes?

Because the ideal ornamental metal depends almost entirely on the desired aesthetic for a space, any of the metal types we work with may be used for ornamental projects. For example, highly polished stainless steel is a popular choice for art projects with a modern appearance, while copper alloys may be chosen for either a rustic or classy appearance that stands out against more functional metals. In some cases, copper itself is specifically desired for the way that it changes in appearance as it oxidizes. 

Custom Metal Finishing for Any Project

In addition to our listed metal types and finishing, we provide custom metal finishing as well, and we can often create identical matches to samples brought to our in-house facility. With our extensive experience, resources, and capabilities, Polished Metals is the ideal choice for the most meticulous ornamental metal finishing projects. Reach out to us today to learn more!




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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

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