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RAL 7016 – The most specified colour

Driven by the rapid rise in aluminium fabricated products including doors, windows, external furniture, school canopies etc, Anthracite Grey (RAL 7016) has developed into one of the most specified powder coating colours.

This increase in recent years has led most powder coating suppliers to make it a stock item. Firmly recognised as an architect’s top choice, RAL 7016 is spread far and wide, being used in the latest retail parks, new build homes estates, to restaurant facades, schools and city centre developments. Its reputation has become phenomenal – why is this?

Practical and unobtrusive

This is why RAL 7016 is chosen more than any other RAL colour:

• RAL 7016 is an extremely useful grey tone that blends incredibly well with most building materials (facing brickwork, painted render, wood cladding and natural stone etc)

• RAL 7016 is very unobtrusive when compared with white. It prevents window or door frames from standing out aesthetically and diminishing the overall visual impact of a new extension or school.

• RAL 7016 has an exceptionally low maintenance necessity – its obscure colour is very forgiving to any grime and dirt deposits that may build up over time – unlike white, which only really looks its best when pristine.

Above all though, its most significant advantage is that Anthracite Grey is one of the easiest colours to integrate into an existing colour scheme. It blends with and accentuates almost any other colour.

Whilst there are many RAL colours to select from when coating aluminium, RAL 7016 anthracite grey is right out in front in terms of popularity. Thanks to its adaptability when applied to aluminium’s beautiful profile extrusions, the result is a product that can immerse itself into almost any existing style of property and still look like it was always supposed to be there.

A classic example of this use of colour and product is the Spaceshade outdoor and school canopy system. Its unique ability to subtly fit with the overall aesthetic of a school is what makes Spaceshade one of the most popular outdoor learning products for new build and existing buildings – the combination of classic yet contemporary design and the unobtrusive Anthracite Grey finish enables it to fit in easily with both traditional and modern architecture.

Click below to view some of our  case studies featuring the use of RAL 7016. Revit downloads for the Spaceshade aluminium canopy system are also now available for use.

Dene Magna School    Downend School     Hacton Primary School    Hillside First School

Briarwood School     Redfield Primary Academy



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