PVDF coating works hard to protect your roofing and cladding
Sheet metal cladding is a big part of modern architecture. Everything from Frank Gehry projects and skyscrapers to sheds and metal roofing uses sheet metal cladding because it is easy and effective, as well as attractive. Construction both old and new is enhanced, beautified, and protected by coatings. PVDF coating (short for polyvinylidene fluoride coating) is known for its high performance attributes such as its exceptional weathering properties, stability, inertness, and resistance to chalking, fading, and UV. Because of these strengths, it has become a go-to coating for exterior architectural applications.
In this article we look at the properties and benefits of PVDF coating, as well as where to find specialist applicators and products in the US.
What PVDF coating can do for your project
PVDF coating is a type of thermoplastic fluoropolymer, a class of coating that includes non-stick, low-friction coatings like Teflon. They are commonly used for heavy duty industrial applications, cookware, and medical coating. When used for architectural purposes, PVDF coating is applied to metal sheet using the coil coating process. It is an incredibly versatile coating type and is known as the heavy duty option in the metal architectural coatings market. Among its many benefits are:
- Extreme weatherability and UV resistance – Excellent resistance to fading and chalking, and very high retention of gloss and colour.
- Excellent chemical resistance – Protects from the various pollutants it might be exposed to and provides resistance to stains.
- High thermal stability means that they can be used to create ‘cool roofs’ – They provide an insulating layer which contributes to lower air conditioning costs.
- Versatility – PVDF coatings are modifiable to give extra properties such as antidirt or anti graffiti.
- Flexibility – PVDF coatings can be bent and moulded after application without damaging or cracking the finish. This means that the sheets can be formed after coating.
Playing the percentages – the 70% PVDF coating difference
There are different grades of PVDF coating, each one suitable for a different range of applications. This is reflected in the percentage of the resin component made up of PVDF; There is usually a blend of PVDF and another proprietary mix of resins to make up the coating. The higher the percentage of PVDF, the greater the strength of the coating’s protective properties. In the US, where a vastly varying climate can throw literally everything at a coating, 70% PVDF is the recommended blend for exterior applications.
The other most common blend is 50% PVDF, which displays the UV resistance and strength to a good level, but not as long-lasting or hard-wearing as 70%. Ultimately it comes down to cost and the protection requirements of the environment and use of the substrate. The higher the percentage of PVDF, the higher the cost.
Where to find PVDF coating companies in the US
A wide range of companies in the US offer pre-painted steel and aluminum roofing and cladding for construction and building. These include Jupiter Aluminum, AFP Metal Products Inc., KBP Coil Coaters, and Material Sciences Corporation (MSC). The coatings themselves are produced by various companies and have a number of trade names. The most popular of these are produced by AkzoNobel (the TRINAR range of 70% PVDF), PPG (the Duranar range of 70% PVDF), and the now-combined Valspar/Sherwin Williams (Acroflur 50% PVDF, Fluropon 70% PVDF coil coating, Flurospar, Flurothane).
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