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Why and Where Are High Performance Coatings Used?

High performance coatings – not necessarily on the minds of the everyday person, but something almost everyone encounters in their daily lives. Drive over a steel bridge on your early morning commute to the office? Ever wonder about the pipelines that transport oil across the country to warm our homes? Or what about the transformers that transfer electricity over long distances and into our homes so our appliances like our fridge, stove, and television work on a daily basis? The steel bridge, the pipeline, and the transformer all have one thing in common: they all (usually) have a high-performance coating.


Maximizing Service Life


  • High-performing coatings are applied to enhance the performance, resistance, and aesthetics of the object it is being applied to
  • Often applied to tax-payer funded structures to maintain its longevity and durability, there are also practical safety purposes for applying such coatings as well
  • All in all, the coatings serve to extend the service life of structures, fixtures, and object assemblies


Example: The Steel Bridge


One example portraying the importance of high performance coatings is the steel bridge. Let’s say the steel bridge is located in the city of Toronto, and encounters daily traffic. Commercial trucks and commuters rely on the bridge every day to get from point A to point B. So the bridge must be able to stand the test of time – through cold Canadian winters, to the hottest days of summer, and must be able to consistently carry its traffic load every day. Lucky for us the high-performing coating on the steel bridge is resistant against temperature changes, protecting the bridge from rust corrosion – and serving to increase the overall longevity and durability of the bridge.


Maintaining Durability and Longevity


High performance coatings are applied to many objects and fixtures in everyday life. They are also used to protect floorings that are subject to everyday excessive use and abuse such as auto-shop garages or the hallways of sports arenas. They also play an integral role in protecting surfaces that require resistance against chemical damage and abrasion. In sum high-performing coatings offer practical and aesthetic protective solutions which serve to enhance the durability and longevity of any surface it is applied on.




Did not realize there were aesthetic qualities to high performance coatings!
Posted by: Samantha | January 17, 2019, 11:02 am
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