Page 73

Building Products October 2017

ADVERTORIAL | SFS INTEC FASTENERS ENSURE BUILDING ENVELOPES STAND THE TEST OF TIME According to Craig Johnson, SFS Technical Services Manager, fasteners are highly technical products which hold the key to delivering building envelopes that stand the test of time, structurally and visually. Fasteners are highly technical products which hold the key to delivering building envelopes that stand the test of time, structurally and visually. OCTOBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 73 Craig points out: ‘The durability of the fastener fundamentally depends on the material used in its manufacture. Coated carbon steel fasteners are usually insufficient to provide long-term resistance to corrosion because of the damage their coatings suffer during installation, which exposes the metal to the elements and causes rapid corrosion of the fastener.’ He continues: Stainless steel fasteners are a much more reliable choice. They are usually manufactured from two grades of stainless steel – both austenitic; A2 (also known as grade 304) and A4 (also known as grade 316). ‘Applications with extremely high humidity and where there is a combination of certain chemicals, such as those present in swimming pools, tend to demand another grade of stainless steel, A5. Crucially, A2, A4 and A5 fasteners do not have coatings that are susceptible to damage, relying instead on the inherent properties of stainless steel for their high resistance to corrosion. Aligned with performance is aesthetics, ensuring the fastener heads are consistent with the façade or roofing panels – with powder coating being the most effective way to apply a colour finish. ‘When this is applied to A2 or A4 stainless steel fasteners,’ Craig states, ‘this combination ensures a façade will retain its integrity over a long service life, without suffering defects that impact on the visual appeal of the structure. An example of high performance, powdercoated fasteners in action is as part of an iconic new building on Salford’s MediaCity UK’s waterfront for upmarket bar and restaurant chain The Alchemist. Main contractor Artez, working with leading roofing and cladding contractor Longworth, has created an eye-catching structure, The Bund. The new building’s gold roof and walls, and stunning terrace that cantilevers out over the canal, are designed to match the aesthetic and style ambitions of the client and of the high class cocktail bar’s clientele. www.sfsintec.co.uk SFS fixings shape our landscape Extend the lifespan of your building - the choice is easy! Use A4 stainless steel fasteners from SFS for improved durability, greater resistance to corrosion and a longer warranty. T: 0113 2085 500 W: www.sfsintec.co.uk E: gb_technical@sfsintec.biz


Building Products October 2017
To see the actual publication please follow the link above