Finishes and Warranties
FinishesI. Standard Finish
Satin aluminum achieved by rotary sanding or chemically cleaning and etching.
II. Thermoset Powder Paint Finish
Thermoset powder paint is standard for poles specified with "painted finish". Standard colors are: Dark Bronze, Black, White, and Dark Green. Special colors are virtually unlimited and are provided as specified. Thermoset powder paint finishes are resistant to scratching, chipping or peeling and have excellent color retention.
Pole shafts are dry sanded without lubricant and shot blasted before the coating process. Brackets, castings and other components are cleaned in a mild basic solution, rinsed in clear water, etched in a mild acid solution, rinsed in clear water and allowed to dry thoroughly.
Weather-resistant polyester or urethane thermoset powder is electrostatically applied, oven cured and bonded at approximately 400 degrees F to a minimum dry film thickness of 1.5 mils.
Guaranteed Color Uniformity
Our standard thermoset powder coating is a minimum 1.5 mils of urethane or polyester thermoset powders. The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers, Metal Finishes Manual, rates the outdoor life of these powders at 15 plus years.
Thermoset Powder Paint Finish Versus Anodized Finish
A color finish on aluminum poles can be obtained by either painting or anodizing. Thermoset powder coating, because of its superior qualities of color retention and surface adherence, has replaced traditional liquid painting and is now recommended over anodized finishes for a number of reasons.
Anodizing is an electro-chemical process resulting in a colored aluminum oxide layer on the pole surface. Colors are limited to clear, black and various shades of bronze. Anodizing will inherently result in color variations where there are chemical or physical differences in the same part (pole shaft) or between parts (pole shaft and base or handhole casting).
Extreme color variation occurs between the tube (Alloy 6063-T6), castings (Alloy 356) and weld metal (Alloy 4043). Minute differences in the surface properties of the tube caused by fabrication processes such as tapering will sometimes result in slight color variation of anodized finishes.
These color variations in anodized finishes are unavoidable.
Although anodizing is available, HAPCO does not utilize in-plant anodizing. Anodizers, who can physically handle pole products, will not guarantee color uniformity. Therefore, HAPCO recommends thermoset powder paint for guaranteed uniformity of color over anodized finishes.
Standard WarrantiesHAPCO STANDARD ALUMINUM PRODUCT WARRANTY
Hapco warrants its aluminum pole assemblies for their lifetime to be free of defects in material and workmanship and to be free from corrosion, except those items normally consumed in service. This warranty does not cover failures or corrosion due to:
• Improper installation.
• Misapplication – product used outside of specified use.
• Damage from handling, transportation, installation, vehicular impact, abuse, or vandalism.
• Site specific wind induced or other vibration.
• Installation in soils with a pH under 5 or over 9.
• Improper grounding.
Hapco will, at its sole option, repair, replace, or credit Buyer’s account for any product that does not conform to this warranty.
HAPCO MAKES NO OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. HAPCO SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LIQUIDATED DAMAGES AND BACK CHARGES.
This warranty does not include reimbursement for the expense of installation or removal of equipment, transportation, or any other expenses which may be incurred. This warranty applies to the pole assembly only and does not include anchor bolts, connecting hardware, or foundation. Authorization must be obtained from Hapco before any material is returned. This warranty excludes finishes such as powder coating, anodizing, and satin. “Lifetime” is defined as the lifetime of the products intended use. The foregoing states the Buyer’s sole remedy for any breach of warranty by Hapco.
This warranty applies only to Hapco aluminum pole assemblies shipped on or after January 1st, 2011.
HAPCO FACTORY-APPLIED POWDER COATING WARRANTY
HAPCO warrants its factory-applied powder coatings against cracking, peeling or excessive fading due to normal climatic exposure for a period of five (5) years from the date of shipment. Damage to the finish coating caused by mechanical abuse, such as rough handling during installation or vandalism, is not covered by this warranty. This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the material involved and does not include reimbursement of consequential expenses such as installation or removal of equipment or transportation costs.
SQUARE STEEL POLE
HAPCO FACTORY-APPLIED POWDER COATING WARRANTY
HAPCO warrants its factory-applied powder coatings on Square Steel Poles will not fail or substantially deteriorate when the coated product is properly utilized and subjected to normal climatic exposure for a period of one year from the date of shipment. If during the Warranty Period, the steel pole exterior coating exhibits any cracking, peeling or excessive fading, Hapco will repair or replace the defective coating, at its option, at no charge to the Purchaser, if the Purchaser promptly notifies Hapco in writing and furnishes proof of purchase at time of such failure or deterioration becomes evident. Damage to the finish coating caused by improper handling during shipment and placement in service; damage or failure caused by acts of God, falling objects, external forces, explosion, fire, riots, civil disturbance, acts of war, radiation, misuse or abuse in application or any other such occurrences beyond Hapco's control is excluded. The liability of Hapco under this Warranty, or for any loss or damage arising out of or connected with the design, application, sale or use of the exterior coating, whether the claim is based on contract or negligence, shall not exceed the price allocable to the value of the original factory applied powder coating which gives rise to the claim and upon expiration of the Warranty Period all such liability shall terminate. Hapco shall not be liable for any special or consequential damages including, but not limited to, loss of profits or revenue, loss of use of equipment, substitute equipment cost or labor charged to remove or reinstall defective product, nor any product transportation expenses to and from Hapco's process plant if factory replacement of the defective coating is necessary. Authorization must be obtained from Hapco before any product is returned. The foregoing states the Buyer's sole remedy for any breach of warranty by Hapco.