At East Coast Crates we manufacture superior
aluminum dog crates which are expertly handcrafted out of sheets of anodized
Aluminum is a wonderful product for dog crates and
superior to plastic dog kennels and wooden dog kennels. Aluminum is strong, lightweight, cool, non-absorbent, and will not rust.
Unfinished aluminum will tarnish and oxidize causing residue
to rub off and discolor your dog and your clothing and
there are a variety of methods available to prevent coat
rub off such as anodozing and powdercoating All
aluminum finishes can scratch if treated roughly. Raw
untreated aluminum crates used to be simply painted on
the inside to prevent the residue from rubbing off on
your dog but this quickly wore off and you were back
down to the raw aluminum. Powdercoating is a
process in which the metal is painted and the thick
surface is baked on but has a tendency to chip and peel
because it does not adhere well to flexible sheets of
aluminum and adds weight to the metal.
Anodizing is a chemical electrical process that
actually instills the finish into the metal rather than
on the surface of the metal. The aluminum is placed in a tank of chemicals and dye and electrically charged for a period of time. This causes the dye to be
permanently instilled into the metal.
The result is a non toxic permanent harder finish that does not add any weight to the crate, will look new year after year, and will never rub, chip or peel off.
Anodizing has been utilized commercially for many
years in aluminum products that come in contact with
moisture such as airline materials and components,
shower door and window trim, garden equipment, and
marine equipment and is regarded as the industry
standard to protect aluminum however it does add expense
to the material. We utilize a variety of finishes
and guages however we recommend Anodized 050 aluminum
dog crates as the workhorse of the East Coast Crates product line.
Make no mistake that anodizing
continues to be the industry standard and is the most superior method to treat
and protect the aluminum for your high quality investment.
as defined by the
The unique anodized finish is the
only one in the metals industry that satisfies each of
the factors that must be considered when selecting a
high performance aluminum finish:
Durability. Most anodized
products have an extremely long life span and offer
significant economic advantages through maintenance and
operating savings. Anodizing is a reacted finish that is
integrated with the underlying aluminum for total
bonding and unmatched adhesion.
Color Stability. Exterior
anodic coatings provide good stability to ultraviolet
rays, do not chip or peel, and are easily repeatable.
Ease of Maintenance. Scars and
wear from fabrication, handling, installation, frequent
surface dirt cleaning and usage are virtually
non-existent. Rinsing or mild soap and water cleaning
usually will restore an anodized surface to its original
appearance. Mild abrasive cleaners can be used for more
Aesthetics. Anodizing offers a
large increasing number of gloss and color alternatives
and minimizes or eliminates color variations. Unlike
other finishes, anodizing allows the aluminum to
maintain its metallic appearance.
Cost. A lower initial
finishing cost combines with lower maintenance costs for
greater long-term value.
Health and Safety. Anodizing
is a safe process that is not harmful to human
health. An anodized finish is chemically stable, will
not decompose; is non-toxic; and is heat-resistant to
the melting point of aluminum (1,221 degrees F.)
Since the anodizing process is a
reinforcement of a naturally occurring oxide process, it
is non-hazardous and produces no harmful or dangerous
Feel free to visit the
Council for further information.
Advantages of Anodizing vs. Powdercoating
|Prevents coat residue
All Aluminum Scratches
All Aluminum Scratches
Powdercoating Peels when
chips are exposed to moisture
Powdercoating Adds Weight