Linetec Shares Expertise on Protecting Coastal Projects

Lintec is protecting exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from seaside corrosion and is sharing its expertise.

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Paint and anodizing finisher, Lintec, is protecting exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from corrosion when exposed to the coastal and seaside environments. The company is sharing its expertise and showcasing its durable finishes in the latest issue of its “Architectural Finishing Facts” newsletter.

As part of its ongoing series of educational articles, "Choosing the Right Finish for Coastal Projects" is available on Linetec's website and is emailed to more than 50,000 subscribers.

The article warns, "Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these aluminum components can damage the building envelope's structural integrity, leading to systemic failure." According to the recent article, preventive measures can extend the architectural aluminum look and life, protecting it against the harsh environments of the corrosive coast.  

To mitigate corrosion's destructive results, Linetec describes proper selection, specification, application and maintenance of finishes in coastal conditions. According to the company, both its 70-percent PVDF coatings and Class I anodize finishes are highlighted as the most durable finishes for exterior-facing architectural aluminum products.

Linetec recommends these finishes meet the stringent standards of AAMA 2605-13 for paint coatings and AAMA 611-14 for anodize. In addition to resisting corrosion, the finishes are tested for resistance to water, salt spray, humidity, impact, chemicals, detergents, scratches and fading due to ultraviolet light. Finished aluminum also is fire retardant and does not swell, rot, warp or attract insects.

Supporting environmentally sound practices, anodize finishes contain no VOCs, and painted coatings should be applied in a controlled facility that safely captures and destroys the VOCs present in liquid solvent-based paints before the finished products' arrival on the building site. Whether anodized or painted, the aluminum used to produce these products may utilize recycled content and may be recycled after use.

Linetec will display samples of its durable finishes at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo. For more information about Linetec's finishing services for coastal projects and architectural aluminum products, or to subscribe to "Architectural Finishing Facts," visit linetec.com.