The Treehouse Attachment Bolt (TAB), is a mainstay in today’s treehouse industry. Powder-coated and non-powder-coated treehouse attachment bolts differ primarily in their surface finish and the protective properties they offer.
Powder-coated treehouse attachment bolts:
These bolts are coated with a dry powder that is electrostatically applied and then cured under heat, forming a durable and protective layer. The powder coating process involves spraying a finely ground pigment onto the metal surface, which adheres to it due to the electrostatic charge. The coated bolts are then baked in an oven, where the powder melts and fuses to create a smooth and resilient finish.
- Enhanced protection: Powder coating provides a thick and robust layer that offers excellent resistance against corrosion, scratches, and UV fading. This helps to extend the lifespan of the bolts and maintain their aesthetic appeal.
- Environmental friendliness: Powder coating is known for being environmentally friendly as it contains no solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The process produces minimal waste, and any overspray can be collected and reused.
- Cost: Powder-coated bolts tend to be more expensive than non-coated options due to the additional process involved.
- Potential for chipping: Although powder coating is highly durable, if the bolts are subjected to extreme impacts or constant rubbing against hard surfaces, there is a possibility of the coating chipping or peeling over time.
Non-powder-coated treehouse attachment bolts:
These bolts do not undergo the powder coating process and are typically made of bare metal, such as galvanized steel or stainless steel.
- Cost-effectiveness: Non-coated bolts are generally more affordable compared to powder-coated ones.
- Simplified installation: The absence of a coating makes it easier to tighten or adjust the bolts during installation.
- Reduced protection: Without a protective coating, non-coated bolts are more susceptible to rust, corrosion, and weathering. Over time, exposure to moisture, UV rays, and other environmental elements can lead to degradation and compromise the integrity of the bolts.
- Limited aesthetic options: Non-coated bolts usually have a plain metal finish, which may not be as visually appealing compared to powder-coated bolts.
In summary, powder-coated bolts offer superior protection against corrosion, scratches, and fading.
Non-powder-coated bolts are more cost-effective but lack the same level of protection and aesthetic customization.
The choice between the two depends on your budget, desired lifespan, and visual preferences for your treehouse.For more on TABs, read our blog post on The Importance of Treehouse Attachment Bolts. Installing a TAB? Download our TAB Installation Guide Here.