Many plastics are attacked by ultraviolet radiation and products made from them could crack or disintegrate if they are not made UV stable.
Ultraviolet rays interact with the carbon bonds in plastics to form free radicals, which then react further with oxygen in the atmosphere. The exposed surfaces of products then discolor and crack. In extreme cases, complete product disintegration can occur.
UV damage can be prevented by adding anti-UV chemicals to the plastic when mixing the ingredients prior to molding. UV stabilizers absorb the UV radiation and dissipate the energy as low-level heat, preventing the formation of free radicals.
Every product we manufacture receives a UV stabilizer. Every one of our colored products receives it as chemical component of the colorant. We do make some custom parts with no color added – those “natural” parts get clear UV stabilizers added in absence of the colorant.
This helps to ensure our products will last for years. We want our customers to get the most out of their investment. We still have pool ladders in use that we made in the 1980s – and they look great!
A lot of plastics manufacturers DON’T add UV stabilizers. One of our biggest competitors who makes pool steps overseas doesn’t use it to save money, and their parts fade and crack after a year or two of service.
A lot of toy makers and kids’ furniture manufacturers don’t use it not only to save money, but also because they want their products to fade. There’s a reason why reds fade to pink, and yellows to blah – that discourages re-sale at garage sales and encourages buying a newer, brighter product at the store.
We add UV stabilizers as just one facet of our attention to quality. You’re spending your hard-earned dollars on an Confer product and we appreciate that: We want you to get the most out of that investment. You’re buying a product you expect to last for years. We want to make sure it does.