What are architectural ironmongery finishes and what do they mean?
The finish of an architectural ironmongery product simply refers to it outer colour. Only that ironmongery product usually don’t get a paint job, they are mostly plated with other metals which creates a smooth and shiny surface, giving the product its finish.
The materials and finishes used in architectural ironmongery products have tremendously evolved over the past few decades. One of the most commonly used materials is solid brass, which is then polished and plated to create popular finishes such as polished brass, polished chrome, satin brass and satin chrome. In order to create polished brass, the base brass material is buffed to a glossy sheen and then lacquered to protect the brass. Polished and satin chrome usually feature a solid brass base which is then chrome plated. This strong plating results in an extremely hard-wearing and robust finish that requires very little maintenance to maintain its original appearance.
Polished brass is a gold colour with a high mirror like shine made from solid brass. Any item we list on our website as Polished Brass will be made from real brass. For brass coloured items that are not made from real brass, they will be labeled as either: Electro Brass, Brass Plated, or Brass Effect.
A new material on the ironmongery scene, one that is also used for chrome plating, is Zamac. This material is relatively inexpensive compared to solid brass, which means you can acquire the same quality finishes and designs for all your ironmongery needs at a more affordable price.
Pewter is seeing something of a resurgence in popularity and is used in both traditional and contemporary settings. It has a warm, rustic feel and exudes charm and finesse.
Other finishes that are growing in popularity and work beautifully in all kinds of interiors are Satin Nickel, Satin Brass, all kinds of wood finishes and clear and colourful Acrylic styles.
Lacquered finishes such as PB, SB, AB & IBMA are not advised for use in high traffic areas or external locations and particularly subject to pollution or coastal conditions. Lacquer, in these environments, will break down prematurely resulting in a patchy appearance.
Most ironmongery products come in a variety of finishes, befitting your needs. To differentiate between the different finishes of a same design, each finish has been assigned a code. This code is used in the model number of that particular finish.
Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it “stains less”), but it is not stain-proof. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment to which the material will be subjected in its lifetime. Grade 316 stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and is ideal to use in harsher environments such as wet and humid climates and marine/coastal conditions. Grade 304 doesn’t provide the same level of protection against corrosion as grade 316.
Stainless steel needs little or no maintenance at all. If there is a product required, but is unavailable in Satin Stainless Steel then satin nickel is the closest match as an alternative finish (providing that is available).
Composite materials (or composites for short) are engineered materials made from two or more materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties.
The composite blends that we have on offer are very versatile and durable. All composites are made from a closely guarded blend of resins, mixed with core ingredients.
To understand this in detail lets consider and example of “Curve Designer Door Handles on Rose”. This door handles has a unique model number “JV520″, which represent a unique design. This design is available in different finishes or color like Satin Nickel (SN), Satin Chrome (SC) etc. Each finish has its unique code. This code is commonly added to the main model number to have a distinct model number for each finish. For example Satin Nickel finish of “JV520″ door handle will have model number “JV520SN”, where SN represents Satin Nickel.
We hope that this will help you understand more about “finishes” or “colours” of door handles and knobs. Please note that each door handle may not be available in all finishes.