Often finishing touches in a project is the last thing to be done. But in the world of architectural ironmongery getting the finishes right is one of the first things to consider. Why? Because understanding the composition of these finishes and how their appearance can change over time is vital to creating a lasting stand out project.
Each can add character, and with expert guidance, they can help deliver the desired finishing touches. Important considerations that should not be at the end of the project. Here is an overview of some of the construction industry most well-known finishes.
Popular Ironmongery Finishes
Brass products are highly resistant to corrosion. It’s a popular decorative metal made of a copper-zinc alloy containing no iron — ideal for internal and external application. What’s more, you can use Brass to achieve a wide range of plated finishes including antique or aged finish.
If used outside be mindful of the natural effects of the environment, as the products will eventually tarnish due to oxidisation. Adding lacquers helps to maintain the finish prolonging the lifespan of the product, mainly when used indoors. However, in spaces exposed to high moisture or natural elements, the lacquer will breakdown quicker.
Of course, if an aged finish is your goal leaving your Brass product un-lacquered will ensure the desired effect.
Bronze is over 80% copper. It is a harder metal because it’s composed of several other ingredients such as nickel, zinc etc. Like Brass, it is highly resistant to rust, and also subject to oxidisation. This metal is the ideal solution for ‘living’ finishes, products designed to naturally age and patina over time.
Stainless Steel is the most environmentally friendly of the metals. It’s recyclable and applicable for a wide variety of everyday objects. Stainless Steel consists of a mixture of different irons; it’s the Chromium component that makes Stainless steel rust-resistant. Within the ironmongery industry, Stainless Steel grades, 304 and 316 are preferred as they are particularly effective in corrosive environments.
In addition to its environmental credentials, Stainless Steel is also easier to maintain, hygienic and highly durable. It’s also a highly flexible metal to work with, making the creation of any design possible. Architectural hardware experts like HAF International can also produce Stainless Steel Lever handles with an anti-microbial finish.
For specific projects getting the right metal finish whether its Brass, Bronze or Stainless Steel is sufficient. However, if the design requires extra standout, PVD and Powder Coating offer an additional dimension worth considering.
Physical Vapour Deposited (PVD) coating is overall kinder to the planet. It delivers a much thinner layer than other methods like Powder Coating. Perfect for designs where there is a need for the underlying metal’s beauty to be visible. What’s more, due to its resistance to salt spray, this coating is ideal for application in coastal properties.
No matter where PVD is applied, the result is scratch-proof products and surfaces that are highly resistant. Apart from its renown durable qualities, PVD coating is available in almost any colour. It’s also the ideal alternative to electroplated and painted finishes. Learn more about how PVD is applied, discuss your specific requirements, by talking with an architectural ironmongery expert.
If you require a harder finish, Powder Coating is ideal (particularly in rugged environments like swimming pools). It’s a dry powder that is applied to the product and cured with heat. A process which causes the powder to bond – adding an extra layer of protection from corrosion.
There are several ways to apply Powder Coating. You can use it on almost any metal and for this reason -expert guidance is recommended. Like PVD, Powder Coating adds to the product’s durability and is also available in a wide variety of colours.
Ironmongery finishes should not be confused with finishing touches. Your choice of finish at the beginning of your project could make all the difference at the end. Consult an architectural hardware expert at the start. And whilst not all standout projects win awards they can help you win your next project.
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