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Dri-Design Zinc Panels Create Dramatic Look For Cincinnati Residence

Approximately 5,400 sq. ft. of Dri-Design Panels in two aspects of zinc--VM Quartz and Anthra Zinc--were used to create a stunning design for a Cincinnati, Ohio residence.

The patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System is an affordable dry joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system. Panels for the system can be fabricated from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, zinc, copper and stainless steel. All are 100% recyclable. Painted panels are available in any Kynar color, and all panels are available in both standard and custom sizes.

Design for the upscale 5,000 sq. ft. residence was provided by Jose Garcia Design, Cincinnati. The firm has used zinc before in residential design and liked it, according to Jose Garcia. “The zinc panels give you a fantastic look for a reasonable cost with low to no maintenance,” said Garcia. “Although this was our first experience with Dri-Design, we are very familiar with the rainscreen attachment method. We’ve used it very successfully in numerous commercial and residential projects. The Dri-Design panels were particularly interesting to us because of the look and the superior performance.”

A wide range of custom panel sizes (more than 110 different sizes) was used to create interesting detailing and reveals. Installation was handled by Kelley & Carpenter Refrigeration & Sheet Metal, Hamilton, OH.

Quartz-Zinc and Anthra-Zinc are products of Umicore Building Products USA.

Photographs by Jose Garcia Design/Photographer—Ryan Kurtz

About VMZINC / Umicore Building Products USA

Umicore is a world-leading producer of VMZINC® architectural zinc. For over 160 years, Umicore has been providing innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, NC. For additional information, visit and the Facebook pages “VMZINC,” “VMZINCresidential,” and “VMZINC for Architecture.”

About Dri-Design

DriDesign_logo_020511Dri-Design was founded in 1995 to "solve significant problems with traditional metal panel systems—delamination, staining because of the effects of weather on joints and gaskets, a lack of color and texture options, the rising cost of production and inefficient installation practices." Panels of the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used with outboard insulation pressure-equalized rainscreen systems. The 100% recyclable panels can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, stainless steel, and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any fluoropolymer paint color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, Imaging Technology and Inspire. These options create angles, textures, depth, images and performance that cannot be matched. The Dri-Design® Wall Panel System is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved.

To learn more about the company's products, visit

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