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Flat Lock Tile Installation Video Series Shows Proper Techniques And Tools For The Job

Lou Rondeau, an expert in flat lock tile installation, demonstrates proper techniques and tools to use for best results in a series of videos available on the Sheet Metal Supply website.

Grayslake, IL – Sheet Metal Supply, Ltd. is a leader in the fabrication of architectural sheet metal, a RHEINZINK System Partner, and one of the largest distributors/fabricators of architectural zinc in North America. To help contractors/installers who may be unfamiliar with its popular Flat Lock Tiles, the company offers a six-video Flat Lock Tile Installation Video Series that features industry expert Lou Rondeau demonstrating proper techniques and the right tools for the job.

The series, accessible at, consists of six videos and includes such conditions as 45⁰ Angled Tile installation, Diamond Tile installation, and several videos demonstrating Inside and Outside Corners. Rondeau demonstrates how to install the first row of tiles on several of the videos. This initial step is critical to ensuring straight coursing.Metal flat lock wall tiles have long captured the eye of discerning architects, designers, and contractors due to their design versatility and relative ease of installation. As a wall cladding solution, flat locks offer a simple grid-like design with clean lines and nearly limitless design possibilities. The tiles feature four-way interlocking hems that allow the panels to overlap and lock into place with galvanized or stainless steel clips.

Sheet Metal Supply has been fabricating flat lock tiles for nearly three decades on projects throughout North America. Showcase projects include two boathouses along the Chicago River, designed by Studio Gang Architects, and a Hyatt hotel façade. Other unique projects include wall cladding on a restaurant constructed with shipping containers, the radius wall of a high school auditorium, a historic residential roof and many, many more.

The flat lock tiles and flashings shown in the videos were fabricated from RHEINZINK Architectural Zinc. RHEINZINK and the FREUND hand tools used by Rondeau are stocked at Sheet Metal Supply and available to ship nationwide. And while the videos demonstrate the use of architectural zinc, there are many other sheet metals that successfully form into flat lock tile panels, including Copper, A606 Weathering Steel, Stainless Steel, Mill Finish Aluminum, Kynar 500®-Coated Steel and Aluminum. These metals are available from Sheet Metal Supply as well.

About Sheet Metal Supply Ltd.

Sheet-Metal-Supply-LogoFounded in 1991, Sheet Metal Supply Ltd. is a leading fabricator/supplier of custom-formed perimeter edge systems, wall facades, flat lock tiles, substructural components, ES-1-rated products, architectural zinc, glazed-in panels, standing seam and much more. The company ships internationally and is regarded for its high-quality products and quick turn-around. For more information, visit

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