Taking an in-depth look at the numerous benefits of powder coat profiles.

Considered as one of South Africa’s leaders in the supply of a range of trims and top quality accessories to the flooring industry, Kirk Marketing takes pride in offering a superior range of products and product expertise backed by extensive experience and knowledge gained through 11 years in the industry.

One of these ranges includes its Powder Coat Profiles, which are available in 2,5m lengths unless otherwise specified. Powder coating is a popular finish for architectural products, with its surface finish offering several benefits such as the fact that it is a dry powder system and therefore there is no need for solvents (which emit volatile organic compounds), making it a good choice when environmental considerations are of primary importance.

In addition, its colour consistency from batch-to-batch is of good quality, as the powder coating forms a skin on the surface of the material, which helps to hide surface blemishes and dye-lines. Powder coating is harder than a painted finish and as a result, more durable.

There are, however, some limitations to consider, such as the fact that powder coating forms a skin on the surface of the material and for this reason, profiles cannot be formed after coating. Even though powder coating ensures a durable surface finish, it can only withstand very light foot-traffic in domestic applications. These finishes are not recommended by Kirk Marketing in areas where heavier foot-traffic is expected.

This is because debris in footwear can cause scratching, chipping and other abrasive damage to surfaces. It is, however, an excellent choice for use on walls and other areas with little to no foot-traffic.

As with all architectural finishes, it is important to protect surface finishes from strong alkaline and acid building materials such as cement adhesive, grout and muriatic cleaners. If the finished faces of profiles come into contact with these materials, they must be removed immediately with fresh water.

It is advisable to rather tape the finished face in order to protect it. Any paint, powder coating, anodising and other surface finishes used in exposed, external applications can be expected to fade over time due to UV exposure and weathering.