Great Britain’s network of canals and waterways is home to at least 15,000 people. Owing to housing shortages and soaring prices in recent years, canal living has become an increasingly popular alternative to inland housing. In fact, a Self-build.co.uk article published a few years back says the continuous demand for floating homes has led British Waterways (the government body previously tasked to care for rivers and canals in Great Britain) to forecast the need for 11,000 more moorings until 2018. In England, the city of Birmingham, with its share of canals and rivers, is a favourite spot for houseboats.
Birmingham, West Midlands (January 20, 2015) – Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd., a leading provider of anodised aluminum and metal polishing services, celebrates its 30th year of providing quality workmanship and excellent customer service. Under managing director Andrew Law’s supervision, the company has grown into a reputable anodising and metal polishing specialist firm that many businesses in U.K. trust.
Badger Anodising saw its humble beginning as a metal plating company in the jewelry quarter in Hockley. In 1985, Andrew Law acquired it from the previous owner and developed a more diverse customer base. Within five years, the company turned into a successful enterprise with fifteen full-time staff.
Anodising is the process of producing protective films to guard metal surfaces such as aluminium and aluminium alloys from damage and chipping. The decorative finish achieved through anodising protects aluminium from corrosion. This process is commonly used on items like door knobs and other fixtures and appliances with metal surfaces.
Aluminium anodisers use this process in many different applications. An article in Electrophoretic cites some examples of sectors/industries that employ anodising:
The fascia board is a long straight board that runs along the roofline, the point where the roof and outer walls of the house meet. It gives the house a clean finish by connecting the end of the rafters and trusses, creating a smooth appearance along the roof’s edge. Its primary function is to prevent moisture damage in the home’s interior by protecting the roof. It also acts as support to the bottom rows of tiles and guttering.
As one of the house’s shield against different weather elements, the fascia board also suffers cumulative damage. The common cause is the heavy weight from gutters clogged by debris, water deposits or ice dams during winter. Although there are gutter technologies that remedy this problem, the fascia itself deteriorates over time. Most fascia boards are wooden, but wood rots easily so home builders resort to metals like aluminium to strengthen the roofing system.
One of the words that usually come to mind when someone mentions the word “metal” is “shiny.” This is due to the fact that most metals often sport a shiny finish, which is quite pleasing from an aesthetic point of view. Most metals, however, do not come out looking shiny right away; they undergo various types of metal finishing to achieve that long-lasting sheen.
Metal finishing is a process that deals with treating the metal’s surface. The main reason why manufacturers need to do metal polishing and finishing is to remove oxidation from the surface of a metal object, prevent contaminants, and make the metal as pure as possible. There are a variety of finishing techniques designed to achieve a specific purpose. Here are some things to consider when planning a metal finishing task for your project.