Innovative Cladding Solutions

RITZ Architectural Systems

RITZ Architectural Systems has been a supplier and installer of metal cladding, sloped metal roofing, steel deck, aluminum plate, and aluminum composite as well as other specialty cladding systems including terracotta, laminated panels, fibre cement and granite.

The company began in a garage and gradually began to grow, which allowed for more projects to be taken on. As time passed, the size of the projects undertaken grew as well, and RITZ began to work as a sub-contractor for some of the biggest names in the business. For many clients, RITZ became a “go-to” sub-contractor for the larger, more complex jobs.

Gradually, RITZ Architectural Systems moved away from working as a sub-contractor; the company moved into its own fabrication facility and begin manufacturing its own cladding products. Working under the motto, “for all your cladding needs,” the company has evolved to meet its customers’ diverse needs in the commercial, industrial, residential, and institutional sectors.

The company operates on the leading edge of its field by staying on top of trends and technological innovations. “We can install any type of cladding that’s on the market right now,” explains Victor Da Rosa, Sales Manager for RITZ Architectural Systems. “We were the first to install a lot of certain cladding products that were just being introduced to the Canadian market. We’ve even developed our own aluminum composite panel systems which have proprietary extrusions and clips which form part of the assembly.” The business aims to encompass the entire scope of the cladding industry, providing a truly full service solution.

The company works throughout Southern Ontario, from Windsor to Ottawa, along the 401 corridor for projects ranging to over five million dollars in value. “We can take that old run down looking building and make it look amazing,” says Victor, and indeed, there is really no job too small or too large for RITZ Architectural Systems. “We have everything from design assist, through to project drafting, through to project management, so we encompass the whole scope in terms of cladding.” With some seasonal variation, the company employs between 40 and 80 individuals – some of whom are the second generation in their families to work for family-friendly RITZ.

More than one innovative product has been developed and brought to market by RITZ, and the company is the first to offer a standard five year warranty on all its products. It aims to develop products that are simpler and quicker to install, more durable and more aesthetically pleasing than other offerings on the market. The company’s Architectural Aluminum Panel Systems, for example, are modular systems that offer creative choices while adding value to any building. This product can be used for retrofit applications by providing a brand new, smooth and elegant exterior.

RITZ’s Composite Metal Panel systems are modular, very lightweight and versatile for use in many different cladding applications. Composite materials are those that are chemically bound together using a thermoplastic or low-density core, making the material very strong and smooth.

Fibre Cement Panel systems can also be very lightweight and versatile, and in most cases are used as a decorative finish. The upside to this kind of cladding is that the material is non-combustible, and it can come in any colour or finish. This type of cladding is ideal when the performance is just as important as the look of the material.

Looking for something totally different? Laminated Panel Systems could be just the thing. These laminated panels offer a variety of finishes that can be as intricate or diverse as the application requires. Not only does this type of cladding offer great aesthetics, the lightweight resins that are used within the product make it as stable and lightweight as it is beautiful.

Terracotta is a Spanish word meaning ‘baked earth’ and it is essentially the same type of clay based material as brick. This type of cladding is essentially a traditional material being used in a modern way. The clay shapes are kiln dried and are made to offer a very versatile and modular look while being very durable. They come in any shape, size or colour to finish any type of project.

Able to be installed in many different places, on walls that are either insulated or non-insulated, Architectural Metal Cladding is very versatile and lightweight – an attractive finish for any building that needs a makeover. And what’s beautiful metal siding without a beautiful metal roof? Preformed Metal Roofing has been proven, not only by the pros but by the test of time, to be 100 percent watertight, and is one of the most cost effective forms of roofing available on the market today. It can be used in insulated and non-insulated applications on a variety of materials.

Also available from RITZ is Zinc cladding and roofing, which happens to be one of the most versatile and recyclable materials that can be found on a building. Zinc has a naturally occurring patina that resists scratches and corrosion, which makes it extremely durable. Its durability makes it highly suitable for use on commercial or residential structures.

Not just a company that delivers leading edge cladding materials, RITZ Architectural Systems can also fabricate aluminum plate systems, zinc, and stainless steel as well as composite panel systems and metal flashings. RITZ is able to fabricate it to spec, package it and then deliver it to the site without a hassle.

“Our Optima System is an evolved version of what’s available on the market today,” Victor explains. “Our system is unique because of the way that the extrusion that is mounted on the panel allows any offcuts to become the clips that fasten the panels to the wall. There is no other company out there that has what we call the green system, where the offcuts are reused as a clip.”

The Optima System represents an evolution in panel systems. Version two of the system incorporates a pocket into the extrusion that allows the installer to use a hidden fastener. Version three of the system is unique in the way that it can be installed from any starting point on the structure, and finish sequentially without a hitch. “There is no other system out there like that,” says Victor. “It helps us remain competitive.”

Such an innovative and flexible system cuts down on the labour required to install it as well, saving the client waste, fabrication time, installation time, and ultimately, money.

Continuing to evolve, the company is presently at work on Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, based in Toronto, which is considered to be a marquis project, as all of the work at the Aquarium will be highly visible to anyone in the area. RITZ is also completing a number of projects for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), which Victor says are exciting because of their scope, complexity and uniqueness. Another important project will be the PAN AM Aquatic Centre.

“They are very unique jobs,” Victor explains. “For example, the Ripley’s Aquarium is shaped like a marine animal; people have said it looks like a stingray. Every single panel on that project is unique, which of course makes the whole project unique.”

Working with such a visible and enduring medium, Victor and the team at RITZ are able to derive a great deal of job satisfaction and pride in a job well done. “I’m proud to say that I can drive around the city and point out the projects that we have completed,” says Victor. “They are all so unique and interesting.”

With a portfolio that includes such projects as Algonquin College, Georgian College, the Kingston Police, the Vaughan Civic Centre, and Goreway Power Station, among others, RITZ Architectural Systems has good reason to take pride in its iconic work.

There are some new things on the horizon for RITZ, although Victor understandably plays it close to the vest. Whatever new developments are currently underway, we can rest assured that RITZ will continue to bring fresh, innovative products to the cladding marketplace. RITZ’s contributions to the field benefit not only clients but indeed, the entire landscape of the built environment – we are excited to see what the team will come up with next.

December 19, 2018, 7:12 AM EST