The following report explains the main chemical features of the materials used:
The material adapted for complex extrusions, characterised by good resistance and excellent surface finish in its natural state; it can be treated later to take on colours and various finishes. Natural aluminum Extruded aluminum is used in its natural state; uniform colour, good shock resistance, can be honed down to a maximum thickness of 1.5mm.
Anodised aluminum There is no difference between anodised and natural aluminum, apart from the anodized oxidation treatment. The anodisation occurs through galvanisation that through a process of electro-chemical oxidation colours profiles in standard colours of silver, bronze, and gold with a thickness of about 20 microns. Anodisation guarantees protection from oxidisation and corrosion from atmospheric agents. It cannot be sanded.
Painted aluminum Through an electrostatic painting process, profiles are uniformly covered with a thickness of approximately 80 microns. This makes them UV-resistant and resistant to atmospheric agents, tile adhesives, cleaning products and lime and mortar.
It is not recommended for use as flooring because it is not resistant to mechanical stress. It cannot be sanded. Polished aluminum. Once mechanically polished it is dipped in anodized chrome or gold bath. It has the same characteristics of resistance and wear as anodized aluminum profiles but with a polished appearance that makes it similar to steel.
Brushing of the profiles can be carried out to obtain a satin finish.
STAINLESS STEEL QUALITY AISI 304 (1-4301) Profiles in stainless steel 1-4301 are manufactured by a cold mould process and have an excellent resistance to all main chemical agents. Stainless steel resists mechanical impacts and is particularly suited for the food, hospital and chemical sectors. It can be brushed to give the profiles a satin finish for a more opaque appearance.
Resistant to the most common mechanical stresses and resistant to all main chemical agents, it is utilised in areas that are subject to intense traffic; brass tends to oxidise over a period of time and turn a yellow-brown colour. This can easily be removed by using normal polishing products. Profiles in brass can be obtained by hot extrusion or cold mould processes creating a thin layer with a uniform thickness.
Natural brass Extruded brass is used in its natural state; fairly uniform colour, good knock resistance, it can be honed down to a maximum thickness of 1.5mm using abrasives or special polishing products.
Polished bass The polished finish is obtained by mechanical polishing of the surface layer; polished brass maintains all the characteristics of natural brass; over a period of time it is necessary to brighten up the surface of the profiles using standard polishing products.
Chrome brass The chromed effect is obtained by a galvanisation process that gives the profiles a polished-sparkling effect similar to stainless steel; resistant to UV rays, chemical agents and atmospheric agents, tile adhesives, cleaning products and lime and mortar. It is not recommended for use in heavy-traffic environments as it has a limited resistance to mechanical impacts and persistent scratching.
PROFILES IN ALUMINUM COATED BY PVC
Profiles in aluminum can be covered in special decorative PVC that is highly scratch resistant, resistant to mechanical impacts, UV rays and chemical products normally used for cleaning floors. The special film faithfully reproduces the graining and pores of the wood in various colours.
Expanded PVC profiles are manufactured by extrusion maintaining a uniform colour.
Some profiles are supplied in self-adhesive form. The hot melt adhesive is non-toxic, non-inflammable and does not contain solvents. The adhesive maintains its optimum features up to temperature of +90°C and crystallises at temperature less than -15°C. During installation of the self-adhesive profiles the environmental temperature must not be less than +10°C. The installation must not be carried out on surfaces that are too crumbly or when installing carpet.