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Powder coating is summer ready

all-weather resistance includes UV protection – Powder coating is summer ready

As we transition into the warm, sunny days of summer, it’s not just the rising temperatures and clear skies that grab our attention. Although generally when talking about the effects of weathering we think about  harsh winters, for many businesses this time of year also serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting outdoor structures, fixtures and fittings, equipment and furniture from the equally harsh summer elements. One of the most effective ways to ensure longevity and durability is through the use of powder coating finishes. These coatings not only provide superior protection against the elements but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of various surfaces. Here we look into how powder coating stands up to the test, particularly against the formidable UV rays of the sun.

The challenge of weathering: UV rays and more

When it comes to weathering, UV radiation from the sun is one of the most damaging factors. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause materials to degrade, fade and weaken over time. Traditional paint and finishes often struggle to withstand these conditions, leading to a worn-out appearance and compromised structural integrity. This is where powder coating steps in as a game-changer.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that involves applying a thermoplastic or thermoset powder material to a surface. The powder is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat, creating a hard, durable and high-quality finish. Unlike liquid paint, powder coating does not require a solvent, making it also an eco-friendly option.

Superior protection against UV rays

One of the standout features of powder coating is its exceptional resistance to UV radiation. This is particularly crucial for outdoor applications where exposure to the sun is unavoidable. The chemical composition of powder coatings includes UV-resistant additives that help maintain the coating’s colour and gloss, even after years of sun exposure. This means that surfaces coated with powder coating will not only retain their vibrant appearance but also their protective qualities for much longer than traditional finishes.

Durability in all weather conditions

Powder coating provides robust protection against a wide range of weather conditions. In addition to UV resistance it offers excellent protection against moisture, rain and humidity. The hard, smooth finish created by powder coating acts as a barrier, preventing moisture from penetrating and causing damage to the underlying material.

Enhanced aesthetic appeal

Beyond its protective qualities, powder coating also offers significant aesthetic benefits. Available in a vast array of colours, finishes and textures, powder coating can be tailored to match any design preference. Whether you’re looking to give a sleek, modern look to outdoor furniture or a vibrant, eye-catching finish to commercial equipment, powder coating provides the versatility to achieve your vision.

Eco-friendly and cost-effective

Another advantage of powder coating is its environmental friendliness. The absence of solvents means there are no harmful emissions during the application process – contributing to a cleaner, greener environment. Additionally, the efficiency of the powder coating process means less waste, as overspray can be collected and reused.

From a cost perspective, powder coating proves to be a wise investment. Its durability and longevity mean that surfaces require less frequent maintenance and repainting, saving both time and money in the long run. For businesses, this translates to reduced downtime and maintenance costs, allowing for a more efficient operation.

Applications of powder coating

For commercial and industrial use, powder coating is ideal for architectural structures, machinery, automotive parts, farm machinery… pretty much any metal structure that you can think of. Its robust protective qualities ensure that these items withstand the rigours of daily use and harsh weather conditions, maintaining their functionality and appearance.

Conclusion – if it’s outdoors protect it with powder coating

As we bask in the warmth of sunny days, it’s essential to think ahead about how to protect our outdoor investments from the inevitable wear and tear caused by the elements. Powder coating offers a superior solution, providing unmatched protection against UV rays, moisture, and other environmental factors. Its durability, aesthetic flexibility, and eco-friendly nature make it the ideal choice for anyone looking to enhance and preserve the quality of their outdoor surfaces.

Our team of powder coating experts are on hand to offer high quality powder coating services leaving you to enjoy peace of mind knowing your assets are protected, come rain or shine.

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