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The Importance of a Certified Hardware Finish

Friday, March 29, 2024

BHMA prioritizes safety and performance in builders hardware for all users, but functionality and aesthetics are also placed at the top of the list. Architectural finishes play a crucial role in both the aesthetic appeal and long-term durability of a building. Architects face a myriad of choices in selecting materials that can withstand daily wear and tear while maintaining their visual appeal.

Testing with Materials and Finishes

ANSI/BHMA A156.18 Materials and Finishes is essential in guaranteeing finishes meet rigorous criteria, uphold correctly, and remain durable. Testing includes resistance to salt spray exposure, ultraviolet (UV) light, humidity, and chemicals, ensuring the product prolongs the life of a facility. BHMA finish designations not only establish standardization in appearance but also convey the base material. Verifying architects are supplied with durable materials that are resistant to corrosion, prolonged use, and environmental factors.

Through ANSI/BHMA A156.18, architects can be confident as testing not only aids in determining overall function but is also integral for applications like fire-rated openings. Additionally, certification moves beyond integrity as it promotes continued aesthetic attainment.

Certifying Aesthetics

Certification to ANSI/BHMA A156.18 is a necessary complement to mechanical and electromechanical certifications for the base hardware, forming a comprehensive assurance of quality and performance for the customer, while also supplementing aesthetics.

With certification, it is assured that the hardware stays uniform and visually apt for lengthy periods of time and through different levels of use – allowing for facilities to remain consistent for extended time frames.

Designing a building or facility to be durable and aesthetically pleasing is not a simple task. Which is why ANSI/BHMA A156.18 is essential when considering hardware function and visual appearance. Relying on the BHMA standards allows specifiers and architects to ensure the builders hardware they use will help them provide a variety of benefits all at once.

A list of BHMA-certified products can be found in the BHMA Certified® Product Directory. For more information on ANSI/BHMA A156.18, visit here.

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