Paint and Finish
There are 4 finish options for your gates and railings; painted, galvanised only, galvanised and painted, powder coated.
We spray paint your gates and/or railings with specialist paint designed for application to steel. The spray paint process ensures a smooth and hard waring finish.
It is recommended that anything that scratches away your paint to he bare steel will require you to touch up / paint over any exposed steel areas to prevent rusting and weakening your steel gates or railings and ensure their increased longevity.
We can paint in any RAL colour you may wish to choose, however costs between RAL colours may vary and time to order in any unusual RAL colours may also vary.
It is clear that most railings and gates are black, although they can look good in white and some other colours such as olive green.
Consider the location and purpose of the railings and how any colour may effect how it looks at its location and within its enviornment compared to the colour and style of your building and or walls and surrounding areas and structures.
Consider also that unusual colours that yoy may like may not prove populare with the neighbours !
if you maintain your gates and railings and keep an eye on them and touch up over time any exposed areas then you should expect your railings and gates to last a long time. An exact time cannot be provided for the logevity of your painted steel structures. Such paint manufacturers will not guarantee how long their paint will protect your structure, however they provide specially designed paints for steel and other factors determine the length of time your railings will last in the secure and attractive manner they were originally installed, such as locations exposure to weather, the extremity of weather over time and your attention and occassional maintenance of your gates/railings.
See the complete RAL colour spectrum and choices here or click the chart above: https://www.ralcolorchart.com/color-chart
Rail heads, post tops, decorative panels and other decorative items within a railing or gate can look magnificent and impressive when painted metalic colours such as gold or silver.
We use metalic paints from the same provider as our standard paint. Such paint is designed specifically for the applciation to steel.
Galvanising is a thin layer of Zinc alloy applied to your gates and/or railings by being dipped into molten Zinc.
Galvanising is especially recommended if you live close to the coast where salt in the air combined with wind can speed up the process of wear on the steel.
The Zinc layer provides protections against this erossion process and prevents accelerated rusting in coastal and areas of extreme wind or weather.
You may also choose your railing and gate sections to be galvanised to be extra secure in knowing you have done all you can to cover your railings and ensure their longest lasting future and strength and minimise future maintenance from you. Some buyers also consider that they like the look of galvanised railings and it can suit and blend in or compliment a modern house design.
Galvanised steel structures can look more rugged as the small amount of zinc galvanise can cause once smooth steel to be more rugged and this can add to the appearl for some owners if that is an effect they are looking for.
Galvanised and Painted:
We cover our galvanised steel structures with the same paint that we provide for clients who just want paint on steel.
The paint is what is termed "self etching" where by a chemical in the paint is responsible for effectively "scarring" the steel or galvanised structure at a microscopic level to ensure that the surface is rugged enough to enable the paint to stick/bond to that surface.
Powder coating is a plastic electostatically charged powder that is blown onto railings and gates. Initially the gates and railings are etched and worn in a sand blasting process to ensure that the powder will stick and settle. Once covered in an even layer the powder coated railings/gates are heated to bind the powder to the surface.
Powder coated raiings provide a protective layer to the steek structure and can be chosen in a variety of RAL colours and therefore provide quality protection and colour at the same time.
Because of the electro static process the powder migrates to the nearest charge surface so powder coating is not useful for gates and railings with intricate structures such as decorative panels or gaps where the anges will not get filled with the powder coat layer. This is why powder coating is more often used for the more simplistic gate and railing designs to ensure even coverage of the powder ove the enture steel structure and not leaving areas of thinner or no cover.
With powder coated steel structures it is much more difficutl to make modifications or changes in the future and certainly less financially viable to make any changes. Not that most people require any changes after installation.
You cannot readily paint new colours ontop of powder coated structures. So if you wanted to paint metalic rail heads or add ons then Powder Coating is not for you. Repainting on top of powder coating is possible with some sanding down of the powder coated layer to take it from its smooth structure to a rough surface for the new paint to bond to. But why buy powder coated steel structure to then rub the protective powder coated layer away at reduction or elimination of its protective benefits and additonal cost of time and effort. However if you are in such position a 180-grit sand paper should be enought to grind away enough of the power coat layer to enable you to get a layer that the paint may stick to.
Powder coating has proven popular option. Consider how this may suit the envionrment to be installed in given that it will provide a slightly different finish to normal painted railings.