When to opt for PVD coated architectural hardware
When choosing architectural hardware, such as lever handles or other door fittings, window fittings, and furniture fittings, it is good to take various factors into account. In addition to selecting the design in the right colour, you can also opt for a PVD coating. But what exactly does this entail and when should you choose a PVD coating? We're going to tell you all about it.
Physical Vapour Deposition
PVD stands for Physical Vapour Deposition. During the PVD coating process, a top layer is applied over the base material (stainless steel) of our products by evaporation at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius. The PVD finish is ultra-thin but also extremely strong, which results in a top layer that is much harder than the substrate. The PVD layer ensures that our hardware is more resistant to external influences, such as weather, coastal conditions, corrosion, acidity from hands, etc. The top benefits of the PVD finish are:
PVD coating extends the lifespan of architectural hardware
Due to the extremely strong PVD top layer, fittings, such as door handles, are highly resistant to corrosion and wear and tear. As a result, the quality is increased and the products have a longer lifespan. The strong PVD finish is also more resistant to scratches, although it must be said that no mechanisms, including lever handles, are completely scratch-resistant in the long term.
PVD coating is weather and wind resistant
Architectural hardware for front doors, garden doors, or other exterior doors, is exposed to different weather conditions, such as UV rays, rain, and salty air. The PVD finish protects the product against these influences and, although no product is completely maintenance-free, the coating ensures less maintenance. Together, this results in an extended life span.
The PVD coating process is sustainable and environmentally friendly
In addition to the durable quality of the end product, the PVD process is more environmentally friendly than alternative coating processes. No harmful gases or other substances are released and there is no waste. The process does not affect the recycling value of the stainless-steel base material.