After a light pole is manufactured, certain finishes and treatments can be applied that will increase its lifespan and improve its appearance.
This article will explore the advanced technology behind protective light pole coatings, light pole finishes, and light pole treatments that enhance both the lifespan and aesthetics of light poles.
The Importance of Coatings and Finishes
Durability and Longevity
The life expectancy of a light pole depends on several factors:
- The environment in which it’s used: Harsh environments will require light poles that can better withstand the elements. Windy, rainy, and snowy climates can take a toll on a pole’s structural integrity. Coastal areas that experience sea salt spray are also considered harsh environments. This can lead to greater risks of rust, corrosion, and/or stress on the structure.
- Its application: Light poles that are installed in a quiet park can last a long time. Poles that are installed in industrial or marine environments are more likely to encounter harsh conditions. The same goes for installations in wastewater treatment plants, refineries, and even swimming pools (chlorine). In many cases, these areas have caustic chemicals that accelerate the corrosion process.
Special protective coatings and finishes help to extend the lifespan of a light pole by providing corrosion resistance and protecting it from environmental and/or application-related factors. The different types of materials used to manufacture light poles will factor into what types of finishes and coatings you will use.