Powder coating is one of the most common and most popular types of paint application processes, especially when it comes to aluminium windows and doors. At Open Windows and Doors, we are Perth’s leading manufacturer of commercial and residential aluminium bi-fold doors, stackers, sliding and French doors as well as sliding, awning and louvre windows. Let’s look at the process of powder coating as well as the benefits a powder coated finish can bring to your doors and windows.
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is applied as a free-flowing powder in a completely dry form, you can think of it as paint with the solvent part removed. The coating is applied electrostatically and then cured under heat. Usually powder is used to coat metals, but there are a number of other potential applications.
What Does the Process Involve?
The powder coating process on our aluminium windows and doors is a relatively simple yet effective process that involves three primary stages.
- Pre-Treatment – This involves the removal of all foreign particles, dust, and grease. The goal here is to have the surface be as clean as possible so as to maximise adhesion.
- Application – The powder coating finish is applied via a finely mixed collection of pigmented powder. The powder material bonds to aluminium extrusions, completing the finishing addition.
- Curing – The coating will be cured by way of a high-temperature oven. The powder is melted during this process which leads it to form a hardened coating after the material cools down.
What Are the Benefits of Powder Coating?
Powder coating not only allows you to improve the look of your windows and doors, but there are other many benefits as well.
Durability – Powder coating allows your windows and doors to hold up against harsh climatic elements and the general wear and tear of day to day use. Some are also ideal for homes in coastal locations with a lot of salt in the air. Many powder coating finishes come backed with guarantees of 15, 25 or even 40 years.
Low Maintenance – Besides a regular clean, there is no sanding, staining or re-painting needed to keep the colour looking its best. A simple clean on a regular basis is all it takes.
Eco-Friendly – The powder that does not adhere to the surface is collected and reused, meaning that there is little waste. And since the coating process happens in a sealed environment, there is little to no risk of air pollution.
Design Flexibility – Modern powder coated aluminium windows are available in a huge range of colours, textures and shades. With hundreds of colours to choose from you can easily match your windows and doors to the colour scheme of your home. Many colours are also available as gloss, satin or matt finishes as well for even greater design flexibility.
Depth of Colour – powder coating provides a much deeper and richer colour, even in white.
Whether you require standard white gloss, matt black or windows and doors in the latest colours, a powder coated finish offers solutions not just in colour but also durability and weather protection.
At Open Windows and Doors, we have been manufacturing aluminium windows and doors for homes and businesses across Perth. Our experienced team can provide expert advice on products, hardware and finishes including powder coating so you get the highest quality doors and windows for your needs and budget. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of powder coating or to discuss the requirements for your aluminium doors and windows, contact us today on 1300 180 280 or send us an enquiry online.