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Sheet Metal Supply Introduces New Flat Lock Wall Tile Installation Video Series


Mundelein, IL – Sheet Metal Supply, Ltd., a leader in the fabrication of architectural sheet metal, and a RHEINZINK System Partner, is excited to announce the launch of their Flat Lock Tile Installation Video Series. Featuring industry expert Lou Rondeau, the six-video series demonstrates proper techniques for installing flat lock wall tiles.

Ben Kweton, Vice President of Sheet Metal Supply, recognized that a video series focusing on flat lock wall tiles would be a valuable resource to the architectural sheet metal community. “People involved in all aspects of a façade, from design conception to installation can benefit from short installation videos that demonstrate both the form and function of metal panels. We’ve chosen to focus this video series on flat lock tiles because of their popularity and ease of use.”

The series, accessible by visiting, 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 over 25 years 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 video series features flat lock tiles and flashings 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. While the videos demonstrate the use of architectural zinc, there are many other sheet metals that successfully form into flat lock tile panels. Copper, A606 Weathering Steel, Stainless Steel, Mill Finish Aluminum, Kynar 500®-Coated Steel and Aluminum are also available.

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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