shower with PVD Finish

PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finishes involve a highly technical process which creates a hard surface coating. But why are these finishes trending? PVD finishes have amazing aesthetic properties and technical characteristics; not only are they beautiful, they are exceptionally durable, sustainable and resistant to corrosion (but more on this later!). 

Say goodbye to rusting hardware and say hello to looks that last a lifetime. 

Let’s take a look at what PVD finishes are, how they work, and some examples of how brands are using these innovative finishes to ensure their products last the test of time. Let’s dive in. 

First, What is a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) Finish?

In technical terms,  the PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish is created through a process in which hardware is subjected to a high voltage charge in order to attract that vaporized metal and deposit it on the surface. This creates a super hard coating.

This coating covers hardware and protects it against the elements – it won’t come off unless it is damaged, chiseled or hammered. 

Let’s take a look at how it works. 

Hardware Without a PVD Finish May Look Like This…

If a designer or project manager selects the wrong finish for a project -such as a beachfront property, for example- the hardware can quickly begin to show surface wear and corrosion. 

Hardware With a PVD Finish May Look Like…

This COCOON Piet Boon Wall Mount Rain Head will maintain the same look and feel without showing wear as a result of its durable PVD finish. 

What Settings Are Best Suited for PVD Finishes? 

PVD finishes are commonly used in kitchen and bathroom spaces. As these areas are used on a daily basis and the hardware is frequently exposed to water, hardware -a faucet with a gold finish, for instance- would lose its finish, whereas a PVD finish product will not fade, scratch or tarnish.

Additionally, while these finishes can be an excellent addition to any space, they are perfect for any setting that exposes hardware to the elements. For instance, spaces that are exposed to:

  • Salt water and/or salty air, such as coastal properties
  • High humidity
  • Strong winds

These elements are a recipe for rust, corrosion and damage. PVD treated hardware is designed specifically to mitigate these challenges.

What Are the Advantages of a PVD Finish?

This coating provides a range of benefits, making it a popular choice amongst interior designers and architects. These benefits include:

  • Corrosion-resistance: PVD finishes are designed to combat challenges such as UV rays, rain, salty air, and humidity.
  • Improved durability: PVD finishes can help to extend the lifespan of a piece by making the material extremely hard and resistant to scratches.
  • Environmentally sustainable: other coating processes are more damaging to the environment and require the use of chemicals, such as powder coating involving cyanides and toxic cleaning solvents.
  • Easy to maintain and clean
  • Available in a wide range of tapware, accessories and sinks

What Brands Offer PVD Finishes?

Wondering how to get your hands on some pieces with this popular type of finish? COCOON offers PVD finishes on their entire line. Let’s take a look at an example.

COCOON’s  PVD Finishes

We adore this dark gray bathroom sink faucet by COCOON. The JP36 Dark Gray is made from premium materials, this Bathroom Sink Faucet offers great function and value for your home. This fixture is part of COCOON’s John Pawson Collection, so make sure to check out other fixtures to accessorize your room.

For more examples of PVD finishes, check out our article about what’s new at COCOON.

How Do You Maintain PVD Finishes?

While these finishes are incredibly durable, they are not indestructible. Therefore, owners should be cleaning hardware, especially any pieces that are exposed to salt or wind-driven grit. We recommend wiping with a soft, dry cloth. Additionally, owners can clean hardware pieces with a polish to maintain the finish. 

Working with Specialty Hardware + Plumbing for COCOON Bathrooms  & COCOON Accessories

As the premier dealer and distributor for COCOON in the United States, Specialty Hardware + Plumbing has worked on hundreds of design projects to specify COCOON taps and their matching accessories. We understand the U.S. plumbing standards, and can work with clients to customize their requests. We are here to help make your luxurious bathroom design dreams a reality.

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