If you have a metal fence around your yard or are shopping for a metal fence, you might want to think about getting it powder coated. This refers to a type of paint or coating that is applied in a powder form and then adhered to the metal with an electrical current. Powder coating offers some great advantages for a metal fence versus standard metal paint; note a few of those advantages and some questions you might have about powder coating so you know if it's a good choice for your home's fence.
Is powder coating environmentally friendly?
One of the advantages of powder coating is that it's typically considered more environmentally friendly than painting a metal fence. Paints have solvents that keep them smooth and adhered to metal, and these solvents release what are called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air. VOCs are what give paints their bothersome odour. Because powder coating is adhered to metal with an electric shock, this coating doesn't need the same types of solvents as paints. Powder coating then releases few if any VOCs into the air. It is also much less likely to chip as paint so that fewer flakes wind up in the ground, making it an environmentally-friendly choice.
Isn't powder less durable than paint?
In truth, a powder coating may be more durable and long-lasting than paint. While the coating is applied in powder form, the electric shock that is used to adhere the coating to the metal causes an actual chemical reaction in the powder. This reaction creates an adhesion to the metal that is stronger than any type of paint. Powder coating shouldn't typically flake or chip, as mentioned above, and won't allow in moisture that would otherwise soften paint or allow metal to rust and corrode.
How long does powder coating last?
As durable as it is, powder coating is not indestructible. The pigment in the powder may eventually fade, just as pigment in paint, and especially for areas of the fence that are in direct sunlight for many hours of the day. Powder coating that is exposed to chemicals in pool water may also eventually fade or corrode, and your fence may suffer dents and dings that could ruin the powder coating. It's good to have the powder coating inspected and examined every year or as often as recommended by the installer so you know if and when any areas of the fence need a new coat.Share
30 September 2016
Greetings to all who come here. My name is Brad Hansen and I am an accountant who happens to know an awful lot about wells. My church began charity work in Cambodia over a decade ago and it has installed dozens of wells in villages across the country. Before I started helping in Cambodia, I had no idea about different types of water pumps. Over the years, I have learnt that different pumps are needed depending on terrain and usage. Of course, making sure that pumps are cost effective and easily maintained is important for charity projects. These days, I use my accountancy skills to purchase water pumps and other equipment at the best possible prices. Initially, I honed my understandings through research and talking to experts, so I feel that I have some knowledge to share. I hope readers of this blog find it helpful. Peace to you all.