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This form of iron or steel is used only for the very cheapest roofing and siding, also for interior decoration or fireproofing. No. 26 gauge is generally used. In all cases the sheets must be protected against corrosion by metallic paint or other suitable coatings.
77. Galvanized iron is used for sheet-metal siding, cornices, plain brackets, plain trusses, plain modillions, corrugated roofing, etc. No. 26 gauge metal is generally used throughout. No. 24 metal, however, is preferable for all large moldings.
78. Zinc is seldom used for covering buildings in the United States. But owing to the fact that it can be pressed into ornaments better than iron, it is employed for ornamental trusses, brackets, modillions, rosettes, festoons, etc., in galvanized sheet-metal fronts, and for balusters in balustrades. All zinc and galvanized sheet-metal work may be soldered on the face. All galvanized ironwork should be painted with a zinc body paint.
79. Cold-rolled copper is always used for copper cornices, moldings, columns, and all plain surface work which is to be formed in copper. The weight of the copper should not be less than 14 ounces, and it need not be more than 20 ounces on the very best class of buildings; 16-ounce copper is commonly used on good work, while 18-ounce is reserved for heavy moldings. All cold-rolled copper work should be secured in place with brass or copper nails, screws, or bolts, as the conditions may require. All soldering should be concealed. When it is desired to paint copper work, the metal should be tinned all over the face, to prevent the copper from coming in contact with the paint.