Muntz metal is a blend of 60% copper and 40% zinc that is a popular and accepted alternative to copper. While the final finished product is actually categorized as a type of brass, it has kept its traditional name due to the fact that it has been a respected building material for the last two centuries. It was originally developed as an alternative to copper due to copper's high cost, and Muntz metal was a great fit for the shipping industry.
The material was created by George Fredrick Muntz in Birmingham, England. While
Muntz metal can be used for any application that copper is used in, it was adopted
early by the ship building industry, thanks to the fact that the alloy does not
corrode as quickly as copper. The most common use for Muntz metal today is in
bolts since the material is extremely strong and cheap. Muntz metal has a rich
golden color that also makes it a popular choice for many architects and
designers who are looking to add a splash of color to their creations. The
metal is used in swinging cabs, storefront displays and elevator shafts.
Muntz metal has been a construction mainstay since its creation in 1836 due to
its low cost and durability. Its rich color is also a plus. To prevent
tarnishing on Muntz metal, many contractors and builders choose to lacquer the
products made of Muntz metal. This preserves the materiel's natural color for