Tuesday 26 October 2021

What Fabricators need to know about Anodised Aluminium

Aluminium is known for being a versatile metal. Flexible, strong and corrosion resistant; it’s the ideal building material. 

It is also significantly more environmentally friendly than other metals as it is 100% recyclable. This means that carbon savings increase each time it is recycled and making it an increasingly popular choice for doors and windows. 

Although aluminium can withstand weathering better than other metals, it can still tarnish and oxidise over time if it does not receive additional treatment. One of the best ways to protect and enhance the appearance is by giving it an anodised finish.    

HOPPE has been using anodised finishes for its aluminium door and window hardware for over 35 years. This finish is created by using an electrolytic process which enhances its natural qualities making it even more durable. 

No additional covering is applied, it simply creates a layer that is built up from the existing aluminium that is fully integrated with the metal substrate.

This increases its abrasion resistance and helps the product to retain its appearance which is particularly useful in high traffic areas.

Corrosion resistance
Anodising hardware also increases corrosion resistance. Ironmongery affected by corrosion will become tarnished or discoloured. 

Anodised finishes are suitable for external applications even in coastal locations. HOPPE’s popular external door handles, the Atlanta and Tokyo, are available with anodised finishes as a profile or security set. 
HOPPE brand name products are tested to ensure flawless operation. These tests closely reflect the everyday knocks hardware has to take and extend beyond the requirements of technical standards such as DIN EN 1906. 

As part of HOPPE’s commitment to high quality products, all HOPPE handles have a 10-year mechanical operation guarantee, as long as assembly and maintenance guidelines are followed. 

Design choice
When the anodising process takes place, there is also the opportunity to alter the final finish. Popular finishes include silver and gold colours to complement traditional hardware finishes not only for entrance doors, but also around the home. 

As part of HOPPE’s duranorm® range there are internal door handles that also offer an anodised finish. The Dubayy, Seattle and Ibiza series all have a contemporary handle design to match a range of interiors. All three of these handle series are available in silver colour and polished chrome.

Finding hardware for aluminium window and door systems 
HOPPE (UK) has launched a leaflet that will help aluminium window and door manufacturers looking to specify compatible hardware for their products. 

Andy Matthews, head of sales at HOPPE (UK), said:
“We have collated a selection of high-quality products that are compatible with aluminium window and doors systems both in terms of design and aesthetics. 
The leaflet does not just cover handles, we’ve also included panic hardware and door closers to offer suitable solutions for all applications.”
To get a free copy of the leaflet, contact Andy on andy.matthews@hoppe.com or 01902 484 400. 

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