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Duplex coatings: five benefits

When two or more coating systems are used on the same metal fabrication, a duplex coating is achieved.

The term ‘duplex coating’ covers any type of coating that uses two methods together. Joseph Ash Medway, one of Widnes Galvanising’s sister locations, combines hot dip galvanising and powder coating – a powerful synergy, suitable for all types of steel fabrication. In this blog, we cover five benefits a duplex coating of galvanising and powder coating can bring.

A fence that was coated by Joseph Ash Medway

Five benefits of duplex coatings

1. Increased durability

Hot dip galvanising creates a strong, reliable finish by itself. However, the galvanised steel can be even more robust if there is an extra layer protecting it. The powder coating layer in our duplex coating combination provides an additional barrier, slowing down the erosion rate and enhancing the coating’s lifespan.

2. Environmentally friendly

Duplex coatings that combine hot dip galvanising and powder coating are kind to the environment. Joseph Ash Group’s plants are self-contained, with steel going in at one end and the final product coming out at the other end. Waste products emitted from the process are collected and reused, minimising the impact on the environment.

The galvanising process never uses more zinc than the steelwork needs to coat it thanks to the metal’s non-ferrous properties. This further reduces the environmental impact and means we only ever use the minimum amount of zinc.

3. Cost effective

Thanks to the increased durability of duplex coatings, the metal doesn’t need taking in to be coated as often. This reduces the cost of the coating, making it a suitable choice if you’re looking to save some money in the long term.

A metal treatment provider that offers duplex coatings under one roof can also help you save money by reducing the cost associated with transportation. Instead of using two different suppliers for the services separately, a provider that offers a one-stop-shop service will complete all coating requirements under one roof.

4. A wide range of colours

Galvanising will leave your steel with a shiny silver finish. However, you can stand out from the crowd with a colourful powder coated layer. There are plenty of photos of metal fabrications that have been powder- or duplex- coated by Joseph Ash Medway for inspiration. They have a wide range of different colours to choose from, and you can also choose to have a textured finish with varying matt, satin, and gloss levels. The possibilities are endless!

5. Quality assured

Although galvanising and powder coating have a traditionally long lifespan, not all steel coating service providers are equal. All steelwork treated at Joseph Ash Medway adhere to the coating’s requirements of BS EN ISO 1461 and BS EN ISO 9000 quality assurance specifications. You can rest assured knowing they hold numerous accreditations from various organisations.

Joseph Ash Medway, part of the Joseph Ash Galvanizing Group (alongside us), offers a 40-year guarantee on duplex coatings (subject to T&Cs). If you’re interested in Joseph Ash Medway’s specialty duplex coatings, get in touch with them to discuss your requirements.

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