PVDF coating protects aluminium and steel cladding from the elements.

PVDF coating protects from the Gulf climate

With the construction boom in the UAE comes the need for highly protective coating systems. Particularly here in the Gulf where sun, salt, and sand can pummel our architecture. Architectural coating is a big part of the coating industry. Whether skyscrapers, sheds, homes, hangars, or port buildings, 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.

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 UAE.

What makes PVDF coating the right choice

PVDF coating is a type of thermoplastic fluoropolymer – a class of coating that includes non-stick, low-friction coatings like Teflon. Though fluoropolymers are commonly used for heavy duty industrial applications, cookware, and medical coating, PVDF coating is used for architectural applications and metal sheet using the pre-painted coil process. It is an incredibly versatile coating type that is known as the heavy duty option in the metal architectural coatings market. PVDF coating provides:

  1. Extreme weatherability and UV resistance – Excellent resistance to fading and chalking, and very high retention of gloss and colour.
  2. 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.
  3. Excellent chemical resistance – Protects from the various pollutants it might be exposed to and provides resistance to stains.
  4. Versatility – PVDF coatings are modifiable to give extra properties such as antidirt or anti graffiti.
  5. 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.

Why the percentages matter – 70% PVDF coating

There are different grades of PVDF coating, each one suitable for a different range of applications. This is reflected in the percentage of PVDF resin that makes up the resin component of the coating; There is usually a blend of PVDF and another proprietary mix of resins. The higher the percentage of PVDF, the greater the strength of the coating’s protective properties. In the UAE where sun and salty coastal air are both risk factors, 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%.The payoff is that the higher the percentage of PVDF, the higher the cost. Ultimately it comes down to how much you want to spend and the demands made by the environment and use of the substrate. Remember that coating failures end up being more expensive.

Where to find PVDF coating in the UAE

With such a robust construction industry, it is no surprise that the UAE has many companies whose services include PVDF coating for steel and aluminium architectural cladding, roofing, siding, and sheet metal. These companies include Spectrum Industries, Alumetal, Alubond USA, and United Metal Coating LLC.  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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