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Metal Building Basics: What is Powder Coating?

What is powder coating? If you’ve ever done much research into your structures’ metal building accessories, or dug into the spec sheets for our various products, you’ve likely seen the phrase before. Whether or not you’ve understood the ins and outs, however? That could be another story entirely.

Powder coating refers to a resin-based covering applied to a wide range of metallic items, including roof hatches, door canopies and other accessories upon which your company relies. As the Powder Coating Institute notes, the most common application involves mixing the resin with pigments and agents, grinding it into a powder, applying it and then curing the powder coated item in a hot oven.

But, why would a company opt for powder coating in lieu of traditional paint? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few things to know about this popular approach to preserving the integrity of your metal building accessories, as well as the overall look of the structure itself.

Powder Coating Provides Added Durability
Unlike run-of-the-mill paint, which has a tendency to show its age somewhat quickly, powder coating is there for the long haul. This baked-on finish is less vulnerable to scratching, fading, flaking and other traditional wear and tear. For that reason, it is the coating of choice for everything from farm equipment, to industrial machinery and beyond.

Powder Coating Adds to Your Aesthetic
By incorporating pigment into your powder coated finish, you can ensure your metal building accessories blend into the overall look. In essence, the completed product’s pristine finish looks just like it would after a traditional paint job — and will maintain that like-new appearance long into the future.

Powder Coating is Good for the Budget
Powder coating’s durable nature isn’t just about appearances. Because the covering is built to last, it means fewer touch-ups as time progresses — and fewer out-of-pocket expenses. As even small expenditures add up over time, this can equate to big savings.

So, what is powder coating? It’s a great option for companies seeking a way to keep their metal building accessories looking their best. If you’re interested in learning more about Metallic Products’ powder coating options — or about our ventilation products in general — feel free to contact our team. We are always happy to help!