Linetec offers over 30,000 color choices

From Dark Ivy to Copper Anodize, Linetec offers 30,000 color choices and distinctive anodize finishes

With more than 30,000 colors in our palette, the ability to match almost any hue in-house and a range of anodize colors that includes our proprietary copper, Linetec provides long-lasting finishes for architectural aluminum products.

Miami Valley dd logo 1Linetec’s finishes are specified on windows and curtainwall, column covers, canopies and panel systems, in thousands of building projects every year. The assortment of durable finishes may be requested as liquid or powder coatings, or as eco-friendly, VOC-free anodize. With the 100% air capture system and regenerative thermal oxidizer, VOCs from the paint process are captured and destroyed so there is no adverse environmental impact.

To precisely match customers’ color needs, our in-house blending laboratory features unsurpassed technology in paint blending and dispensing operations, encompassing several high-performance paint manufacturers. In our laboratory, computers scan samples and provide the recipe of tints and bases to match anything from a piece of metal to a swatch of fabric.

Colors and forms affect how we go about our everyday lives. Bold hues are coming forward in architectural design. Warm, pearlised painted aluminum is starting to take a stronghold. Brushed and polished aluminum finishes also have emerged as a newer trend.

The proprietary, copper anodize finish continuous to attract building teams seeking a distinctive look. “Architects appreciate this unique finish for a wide range of projects: from eye-catching modern designs to historic restoration projects that will never patina,” adds Schroeder. This exclusive, eco-friendly finish allows aluminum to present the look of real copper without such shortcomings as salt run-off stains, galvanic corrosion and patina.

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Linetec’s eco-friendly anodize process creates an aesthetically appealing, matte finish. As slight imperfections can be common with secondary billet, the eco-friendly process is well suited for products manufactured with recycled aluminum. Materials with recycled content may assist building projects seeking certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Rating System™.

With respect to green building goals, the anodize process contains no VOCs. When it is time for the installed architectural product to be removed, anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building.

 For color cards and more, please contact Linetec at 888-717-1472, sales@linetec.com or www.linetec.com.

 

Eco-Friendly Architectural Anodize

We’ve recently published an anodize white paper – Achieving Success with Architectural Anodize. The white paper begins with a discussion of its environmental characteristics and the additional benefits of eco-friendly anodize.

To download the entire white paper, click here.

Traditional anodize compared to eco-friendly

The Anodize Process and its Environmental Characteristics 

The anodizing process consists of immersing the aluminum to be anodized in a solution, referred to
as an electrolyte, and passing a direct electric current through the electrolyte and into the aluminum, with the aluminum acting as the anode. The result is a controlled formation of a durable oxide coating on the surface of the aluminum. The anodic coating greatly increases resistance to corrosion and abrasion.

Anodized aluminum is 100% recyclable with no intermediate process needed for anodized aluminum to reenter the recycle chain, lending itself to post-consumer recycled content during demolition or restoration of the building. Anodizing is a water-based process and uses no VOCs, making it a light-fast, durable alternative to paints and organic coatings.

Eco-Friendly Architectural Anodize

There are additional environmental aspects when the anodizer utilizes the newest etching technology. Linetec, and other environmentally-conscious finishers, changed from the traditional caustic etching process to a more eco-friendly etch system allowing customers to use secondary (recycled) billet in the anodize process.

With eco-friendly anodize, small surface defects are hidden by an aesthetically desirable  “frosty” matte finish and the appearance of the aluminum is enhanced. The resulting matte finish reduces glare in bright sunlight, an attribute associated with increased productivity and comfort for occupants. Gloss level reading is typically reduced from 15 to 25 with conventional anodize, down to a gloss level of 3 to 12 for eco-friendly color  anodize. Interior comfort and recycled material content are recognized by green building programs such as the LEED® Green Building Rating System™.

The eco-friendly anodize process reduces landfill waste used with conventional etch processes by 75-80 percent. Landfill waste directly relates to the production of greenhouse gas.

The eco-friendly  anodize etch process has the viscosity of water and will not collect in the small recesses of aluminum extrusions or narrow aluminum tubes, enhancing the durability and lifecycle of the finished product.