BU638 Finishes on architectural hardware
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- BRANZ Limited
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- BRANZ Bulletin
This Bulletin describes the most commonly used substrate materials and finishes for hardware available in New Zealand.
There are available in a range of metallic and paint finishes providing different levels of corrosion resistance and wear characteristics. Some finishes are essential for protection while others are for decorative purposes only.
Architectural hardware describes the fittings used for windows, doors, furniture, electrical and bathroom components.
• door fittings - handles, knobs, locks, latches, bolts, kick plates, closers, hinges
• window fittings - stays, catches, locks, hinges
• furniture fittings - handles, catches, locks, hinges, drawer runners
• bathroom fittings - taps, faucets, shower roses, shower controls, towel rails, toilet roll holders, soap trays, grab rails, robe hooks
• electrical fittings - light fittings, switch plates, socket outlets
Most architectural hardware is manufactured from a range of metals. Plastic is commonly used for electrical fittings (such as light switch and socket plates), cupboard door pulls and knobs. Door knobs and pulls may also be made from timber, glass or ceramic.