Water-Based Coatings for the Protection of Wood on Buildings and Surrounding Areas
As manufacturers of wood coatings, we strive to ensure that the production, use and disposal of wood treated with our materials does not have a negative impact on the environment or manufacturers (of furniture, joinery, wooden houses, etc.) or consumers.
Wood is a sustainable material and it is therefore logical to produce sustainable coatings for its protection. These include raw materials of natural origin and from renewable sources, and biodegradable products.
Considering how a coating affects the product life cycle is the first step in using wood coatings, which facilitate a circular economy. A product must be recyclable when it reaches the end of its useful life. Production processes must produce the fewest greenhouse gases possible. The product’s durability, biodegradable raw materials, reduced energy consumption in production, and recycling products and wood coatings, all play an important role in achieving this goal.
Modern joinery is mostly treated with water-based coatings, which ensure easy maintenance and a long service life.
When using wood outdoors, the purpose of the wood coating is primarily to improve the wood’s aesthetic function and UV resistance. The biggest challenge is extending the durability of coatings. Above all, it is essential that the required coating restoration periods are as long, simple and inexpensive as possible.
For this purpose, Helios manufactures the Aquavita range of coatings, which includes all the products needed for the high-quality and aesthetic protection of wooden windows and other wood in the house. All products and systems are tested internally, and by institutes at home and abroad, and comply with SIST EN 335-2, SIST EN599-2, DIN 68800-2, ÖNORM B 3803 and other standards regulating the quality and characteristics of wood protection materials.
Aquavita products fit broadly into two groups, based on their intended use:
- AQUAVITA protection system for windows and doors: Dimensional stability of the product is needed here, ensured by a suitably thick protective film and, with normal use and correct installation, prevents wood from getting wet and consequently swelling. The Aquavita protection system for windows and doors consists of Impregnations, Intermediate coatings, primer and top coats. The top coat is adapted to be applied in a single spray in a thickness of 300 μm without the risk of dripping.
Protection against UV rays, which cause wood to degrade by decomposing the lignin, and against the coating from peeling, is ensured by selected pigments and UV absorbers. We offer Aquavita impregnant dip&brush for the protection of non-resistant wood types against blue stains. We recommend the use of intermediate coatings to consider the aesthetic appearance of windows when protecting them.
The weak points of window frames are the V-shaped corner joints and front wood. We recommend protecting them with Aquavita coating for end grain wood and Aquavita filler for V-joints, applied after impregnation to protect the window from water intrusion in problematic places, and to extend its service life.
Windows must be maintained to extend the service life of the coating and window. We therefore recommend regularly inspecting your windows. Mechanical damage (hail, blows, scratches) requires immediate repair. For regular maintenance once or twice a year, we recommend using Aquavita Caring milk, which closes the pores on the surface and extends the coating’s service life.
- AQUAVITA protection system for wood on buildings and the surrounding area:: walls, eaves, fences, garden houses, playground equipment, etc. only require partial dimensional stability. However, protection is very important – the wood must be protected against fungi and insects from all sides, so we recommend applying impregnation by dipping. For this we recommend Aquavita impregnant extra, and for the final protection we recommend Aquavita top coat brush or Aquavita email brush.
The listed materials are applied depending on the intended use using common application methods – dipping, flow coating, with a brush, roller and spraying (air gun or automated dispensing devices or robots).