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What is Oxidation?

You’ve heard the term. You may have even seen it on your garage door or aluminium windows. But what exactly is oxidation and how does it occur? Let’s discuss this process, how to prevent it, and how we can help. 

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What is Oxidation?

You’ve heard the term. You may have even seen it on your garage door or aluminium windows. But what exactly is oxidation and how does it occur? Let’s discuss this process, how to prevent it, and how we can help. 

What is Oxidation?

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when different things experience a chemical reaction with an oxidizing agent, typically oxygen. While oxygen is most common, other oxidizers such as salt can affect your home as well. This tends to discolor metal and can degrade its quality over time. 

You may associate oxidation with rust. In fact, rust (chemically known as iron oxide) is the result of iron becoming oxidized. Other metals have similar oxidized states. For example, copper turns green over time as it undergoes oxidization. This green substance is called patina. When aluminium oxidizes, it becomes aluminium oxide. 

As a side note, oxidation does not only occur with metals. Have you ever noticed how an apple turns brown after you cut it? This is oxidation as well. 

A Look Inside Your Metals

Understanding the process behind oxidation requires taking a look inside your metals to the molecules that form them. Metals are made of many different atoms. 

From a chemical standpoint, oxidation means that a substance is losing an electron. In the case of faded aluminium, it is the aluminium that loses the electron when it interacts with the oxygen in the air. The oxygen gains an electron, a process known as reduction. Generally speaking, metals are able to be oxidized more easily than other things. 

Losing an electron changes the structure of the metal. In some cases, this has an effect on its properties. For example, oxidized iron becomes much weaker. This is why oxidation on your aluminium windows can begin to cause damage to them. As the oxidation increases, the damage becomes more severe. We see this often with window joinery as well as garage doors. 

How We Help Fight Oxidation

Every homeowner wants their home to look its best. However, oxidation can quickly cause faded aluminium windows that become damaged over time. Taking care of your investment means addressing oxidation when it occurs. Our professional staff are happy to help restore your faded aluminium windows, removing oxidation as part of our six-step process

Available in several different finishes, we can restore your existing windows or provide a colour change. We pride ourselves in quality work and will happily redo the job at no additional charge if you are not satisfied. 

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