FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Can L & L Inc. produce custom made aluminum and iron products, such as aluminum and iron gate, aluminum and iron door, or aluminum and iron fence , etc?

Yes! Building on over 60 years of Welding and Fabrication experience, L & L Inc. can produce many other custom made aluminum and iron products according to our customer's designs. Our staff of AWS Certified Welders and Fabricators have the skills, knowledge and ability to turn your custom idea's into a reality! So please feel free to send us your designs, samples and or reference material, so we may evaluate the possibility to produce your project.

What is powder coating?

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in a liquid suspension form. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a "skin". The powder may be a thermoplastic, a thermoset polymer or a fluoropolymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals, such as aluminum extrusions, architectural building materials (guardrails) and automobile and bicycle parts.

Before applying the powder coating the material the material is prepared to ensure strong and lasting adhesion. For aluminum applications the preparation consists of six stages. Stages one and two are an alkaline wash, stages three and four are a reverse osmosis water rinse, stage five is a silane pretreatment and stage six is a reverse osmosis water mist. After this is complete the powder coating is applied. For steel applications the steel is media blasted to remove millscale then put through the same wash process as aluminum applications. For additional information please visit powdercoating.org

How long can I expect powder coating to last?

The amount of time powdercoat will last depends on the type of powder coat used and location. There are four different types commonly used in the industry, AAMA 2603, AAMA 3604, AAMA 2605 and Fuoropolymer. The conditions used to test these types are conditions found outdoors in south Florida (high heat, humidity and exposure to salt water). AAMA 2603 will last approximately 1 year in south Florida conditions with minimal adhesion loss and fading. AAMA 2604 will last approximately 5 years in south Florida conditions with minimal color change, about 50% gloss reduction and less than 10% erosion. These first two will last the shortest times of the four and are therefore not used by L & L Inc.

AAMA 2605 will last approximately 10 years in south Florida conditions with minimal color change, about 50% gloss reduction and less than 10% erosion. This is our standard coating due to it's durability and cost effectiveness. For salt water applications or upon customer request we use Fluoropolymer which lasts up to 20 years under south Florida contitions with minimal color change, about 50% gloss reduction and less than 10% erosion.

What kind of maintenance will my Aluminum fences and or railing require? Will I need to repaint them in the future?

In most cases, a simple spray from a garden hose will suffice in keeping your new L & L fence or rail looking good for years and years to come. Constructed from high-strength alloy, with a minimum 35,000 psi. Our products are designed to handle the elements as they are extremely durable and will not rust.

No, you will not need to repaint your rail or fence. Our standard powder coat finish is twice the thickness and hardness of typical wet coatings on the market today. This process allows our products to remain fade and scratch resistant so the color will stay true.

Are there different mounting methods available to attach the railing to the deck?

Yes, the standard attachment method is to "surface mount" the railing by mechanically fastening the post base plate into the decking substrate below. Alternative attachments such method such as "fascia mounted" by attaching the post to the exterior face of the structures rim joist or "core mounting" into concrete substrates are also available. Our representative will be able to discuss other alternative mounting methods, should your application require such during your initial consultation.

What colors options do I have available for my new Rail or Fence?

L & L Inc. offers a selection of available colors which range in price. These standard rail and fence coating's offering meet AAMA 2604 voluntary specification performance requirements and test procedures for high performance organic coating on aluminum extrusions and panels and optional coating to meet AAMA 2605 compliance are available. All products are covered by manufacturer's warranty protection plans.

Are L & L's railing, fencing and misc. metals solutions suitable for both multi-housing and commercial applications and do they meet building code compliance?

Yes, the heavy duty sturdy construction of our engineered railing systems meets 2018 IBC (International Building Code) and ADA (American Disabilities Act) as well as many others. The full list is available on our resources page.

Frequently Asked Questions - Fence

What type of warranty will I have on my fence?

L & L Inc. stands behind all of our consumer products and services, We offer an industry leading, limited lifetime warranty covering all workmanship and labor on your new purchase, so long as you own the fence/rail. (Gates will be covered for a period of two years from the date of completion).

Frequently Asked Questions - Rail

Frequently Asked Questions - Miscellaneous Metals