This section is from the book "A Treatise On Architecture And Building Construction Vol3: Stair Building, Ornamental Ironwork, Roofing, Sheet-Metal Work, Electric-Light Wiring And Bellwork", by The Colliery Engineer Co.. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise On Architecture And Building Construction.
1. The greater part of sheet-metal work used in building construction is employed for the following purposes:
1. For covering and flashing roofs and their intersections, so that the roofs may conveniently be made watertight.
2. For wall covering and the formation of columns, cornices, balustrades, and string and molded courses. In some cases the entire outer surface of the walls of a building is covered with sheet metal, the material being made to resemble masonry or brickwork, an effect produced at low cost. Frame buildings may also be covered with sheet metal in order to render them less liable to fire from adjacent structures.
3. In forming gutters, valleys, or other water channels that are graded down to certain points of outlet, so that the rain which falls upon the roof may be conveniently drained away, thus preventing the roof water from being shed upon the ground around the building.
4. For conductor pipes, sometimes called leader pipes, which are commonly secured against the outside walls of a building to connect the lowest points of the roof gutters with an underground drainage system, or simply to a drainage above the surface of the ground, so that the roof water may flow freely away from the gutter.
6. For interior decorations, such as the covering of walls and ceilings where first cost is an important factor; or, for the covering or formation of the inside trim, doors, windows, casings, etc.
7. For flues and other conduits commonly employed for purposes of ventilation.
While there are other positions and features where sheet metal may be employed, a thorough knowledge of the foregoing examples should enable the student to reason out, and solve, any special problem that may present itself.