Usually glazing track or U-channel profiles are available in 4 standard colours: black, white, silver and grey. There is also the standard natural mill finish option. However, you may be looking for something more personal or different, perhaps to suit your design or brand. In this article we look at the pros and cons of choosing your colour glazing track, the process involved and how to do this.
Above: The four standard colours readily available for glazing track. Track can also be supplied in a natural mill finish.
Note: Due to device screen differences, lighting and other variances, colours may look different on screen.
The pros and cons
Using a colour of your choice gives you more freedom to create a unique space, whether at home or in the office. You won’t be limited for choice, as there is a wide range of colours and finishes (including matt and gloss) to choose from. As a result you may be able to create a more effective interior design or match company brand colours for consistency.
However, coating the glazing track with a non-standard colour will likely increase costs. Also, this will could an impact on your delivery leads times, thus worth checking with your supplier delivery dates and prices before opting for this option. Another consideration is replacing or repairing a bespoke coloured track will be more costly in the future.
Choosing your colours
Applying colour to glazing track is done using a process called powder coating. Powder paint is primarily a pigmented powdered resin that is bonded when cured in an oven.
The industry uses the RAL Colour System. It is a European colour matching system that sets a standard and quality assurance for paint, coatings and plastics colours. Just in the RAL Classic colour range, there are 213. There are 1,625 in the RAL Design Colour range.
Having a physical sample of the colour you want to achieve is advisable. Thus it is best you obtain a physical RAL colour chart or fan. Viewing colours on screen may not produce the desired final colour, as mentioned above this is due to device screen differences, lighting and other variances, colours may look different on screen when compared to the actual track colour.
Above: An example of bespoke colour gold colour trims .
To conclude, choosing a non-standard colour for your glazing track may achieve the interior design effect you are looking for. However, it is worth weighing up the benefits with the disadvantages. When choosing the colour you want, essential you take the vital steps needed to make sure you have selected the correct colour you want - a physical RAL colour chart or fan is recommended.
Speak to a reliable and experienced glazing company like Prism Glass who will be able to assist with your glass installation project - whether you have standard or non-standard requirements. We have over 10 years of experience working with glass in construction. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on +44 (0)208 947 8428.