Warm to Touch Handrails

May 2004 saw the introduction of the UK`s Building Regulations 2000, Access to and the Use of Buildings parts M1 & M2 (Click here), stipulating that handrails needed to be “slip resistant and not cold to the touch

J&A Stevenson Ltd uses a coating designed for the long term cost effective protection of metals, which is taking the industry by storm following tests showing that it is one of the warmest feeling coatings on the market. This feature is now proving to be a major breakthrough in the face of the new regulations in the United Kingdom.

One key attribute of the coating is a tactile quality that gives a “warm to the touch” feel.

Unlike traditional coatings such as wet paints, polyester or PVC based products, the coating chemical make-up is such that it is an excellent thermal insulator making it warm to the touch, even in winter. In fact, the colder the ambient temperature – the more noticeable the warmth of the coating is.

In single coat applications, thicknesses of 170 to 300 microns (0.17 –0.30mm) can be achieved two layered application on tube resulting in an increase of up to 1.2mm on the diameter.

Another key feature of the coating in the light of the new regulations is that although extremely smooth and glossy, the surface is also slip resistant. It is available in a wide range of colours and more recently, in various finishes ensuring that the aesthetic appeal of the coating can be considered as well as compliance with the UK`s new regulations.

The coating achieved this performance whilst also remaining environmentally friendly.

No constituents feature on the Environmental Health 2000 list as the formulation contains no solvents, no VOC`s, there are no heavy metals including zinc, no TGICs, no phthalates and no halogens.
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