POWDER COATED ALUMINUM
Powder coated aluminum is a beautiful and durable material for outdoor furniture. It is lightweight, corrosion resistant and very good looking. Powder coating is a polyester based coating that uses uniformly sized micro-beads of polyester, electrostatically charged to adhere to base materials. The coating is thick like an epoxy paint, but because it is electrostatically charged and then baked/cured onto the base material, it doesn’t flake or peel like paint or epoxy. The color is softer than comparable colors and the depth of the coating is larger.
Aluminum by its nature does not rust. It will not have red/brown rust colors like untreated steel can have; instead it will oxidize into a cloudy and white powdery finish over a long period of time in adverse conditions. To protect against this oxidation, we utilize high quality aluminum to begin with and powder-coat it using the above process. The seal formed on the outside of the aluminum acts as a protective layer against corrosion and creates a uniform and beautiful finish on the aluminum.
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POWDER COATED STEEL
Steel is strong and allows for small dimensions with outdoor furniture. It’s heavier than aluminum, and it does have the potential to rust. We powder-coat our steel furniture. Steel’s weight and feel denotes high quality and permanence. We want the finish to produce that feeling of longevity as well. We use the same powder-coating process as detailed above in the (Powder-coated Aluminum) section. The sheath that is created on steel components is equally effective at stopping potential corrosion as detailed above.
The colors and finish texture on powder-coated steel provides a beautiful protective layer against the effects of nature on your outdoor furniture.
Teak Warehouse also offers steel furniture that has been finished in a galvanized coating. This is a thin skin of zinc material that renders the steel, highly resistant to rust (it won’t rust where the galvanization is intact), and gives it a beautiful raw, metallic, multi-dimensional silver and grey color. This finish is beautiful long-lasting and offers a unique finish that you won’t be able to find on many pieces of outdoor furniture. This finish is NOT powder-coating. It is an entirely separate process of treating the steel for corrosion resistance and to give it a finished quality. It is listed with the above materials, because it has similar care instructions and because the base material is the same.