Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Parade.

Fantastic event!

Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Parade

We had a fantastic time at the Sherwood Park Canada Day Parade. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for running the event so smoothly.

The people of Sherwood Park were fantastic. The enthusiasm to celebrate Canada Day with the community was infectious and truly inspiring. Thank you Sherwood Park for sharing this wonderful day with us.

Special thanks to our runners who distributed 3000 pieces of candy as well as hundreds of brochures and business cards. A BIG shout out to Anna, Casey, Marian, Nicole, and Ryan.

A special thank you to all of those people from Sherwood Park who were so enthusiastically supportive of a local Sherwood Park business. Your kind words and encouragement for our craft is very much appreciated.

Happy Canada Day from the gnomes…

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Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce Canada Day Parade 2017

Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce website

Galvanizing – time to zinc about it

We’ve been asked why Gnome Homes uses galvanized frames. Since we build teardrop trailers to last a lifetime, we decided to use a lifetime frame. Why is galvanizing a lifetime finish? Because it will last 75 years.

Hot dipped galvanizing will last 80 to 100 years in an environment that has moisture and some salt. To be safe we’ll say 75 years on a teardrop trailer. Paint systems designed for 5 to 15 years will likewise have a shortened life in a wet salty environment. Corrosion/ erosion from debris in will further lessen the life of paint systems.

The zone where the zinc steel are bonded is actually harder than the underlying steel, improving to scratch and impact resistance. This is important when considering where you’re driving, and the projectile impacts that go with the region. In Canada we get slush and salt and rocks. And remember that when you speed up from 80 kph to 90 kph the force of the impact is doubled. At 100 kph the force is four times as much. So, if you drive really fast, traveling down the road is like using a sand blaster on your paint. This is where galvanized frames are truly outstanding. The frame in the shot below has seen over 2000 km of tough winter-road travel.

Galvanized Frame

Galvanized frame with 2000 real-world miles

Ah, corners. I just love putting paint on corners knowing it is the first part of the paint to get removed. Weakness of painting systems are amplified at every corner (I love puns too). Galvanizing protects corners extremely well. Unlike paint, there is no layer that can flake off. The metal is bonded and reconstructed to create an unyielding exterior.

To get equivalent life from a painted frame, the frame will have to be re-painted or touched-up 5 or 10 times. Galvanizing is so valuable because the initial cost as a fraction of the lifetime cost of painting. And who wants to be painting when you should be camping? Right?

Zinc used in galvanizing is green. Yes. Zinc is 100% recyclable, it is commonly found in the natural environment. We use zinc in baby cream and sun block. And Gnome Homes! Live a little!