As many people are aware, sourcing hardware products that will be displayed either near the coast or in highly populated industrial areas can be very difficult, as brass or zinc based products pit and tarnish very quickly due to the salt in the air. This is particularly evident in areas within a 25 mile radius of the coast, or within 5 miles of high populated industrial areas.
UAP are constantly looking for ways to improve their ever expanding product range, and have developed Nanocoast® hardware – a range of door hardware products that are specifically designed for the coast. Nanocoast® products are made from 304 grade stainless steel, and have also been salt spray tested to ASTM B117 for 2,000+ hours. Not only do UAP offer an industry first lifetime coating guarantee on all Nanocoast® products, and you can have confidence that the products will not pit, rust or corrode no matter what environments you put them in, the products are also extremely competitively priced.
You may wonder why UAP have taken the decision to use 304 grade stainless steel, instead of 200 grade or 316 grade stainless steel which some competitors use. As Ben Jennings, Marketing Manager at UAP, explains, “the reason for us using 304 grade stainless steel is simple – it gives the products the best corrosion resistant without being too expensive. The 304 grade is an austenitic stainless steel which contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel, and has low carbon content, giving excellent corrosion resistance in a wide variety of environments, and good resistance to oxidation. It is this 8% nickel content which gives the corrosion resistance at the coast.”
“Downgrading the stainless steel quality to a 200 series grade stainless steel means that even though they have similar mechanical and physical properties to the 304 grade, there is decreased nickel content. The nickel is replaced by manganese which results in weak corrosion resistance, and high carbon content leaves the stainless steel susceptible to stress corrosion cracking. On the other hand, the 316 series grade would dramatically increase the prices of the products even though the corrosion resistance only slightly increases, with a nickel content of 10%. 316 it shares similar characteristics to 304 grade stainless steel in resistance to oxidation and durability, and you would usually use 316 when you need a higher resistance to solutions such as sulfuric acid and chlorides at high temperatures. In this sense, you can see why it seemed illogical not to use the 304 grade to produce our products.”
Ben continues, “So far, we have released three fully suited colour match ranges into our Nanocoast® range; Mirror Polished Stainless Steel, PVD Gold and Satin Stainless Steel. The range includes door knockers, door viewers, letterplates, door handles, numerals, hinges, letterplate shrouds, identity slots, and our newly introduced pull handles and round door knobs.”
Nanocoast® products provide you with true quality, and the competitive prices make them exceptional value for money. Why take the risk with other products which have the potential to rust. To find out more information, call the UAP sales team today on 0161 796 7268.