Will it fade or become brittle? Is it safe near saltwater? How long will it last before I need to replace it?
Confidently answering these questions and concerns posed by customers can be a challenge for manufacturers of building products exposed to rough weather conditions year after year. In preparation for these questions, proactive manufacturers have their products tested to characterize what types of changes will occur when exposed to accelerated aging due to weathering and erosion. Once manufacturers have this objective test data, they are better equipped to provide clear guidance that can alleviate their customers’ concerns, leading to greater success for their product lines.
ICC NTA laboratories are accredited to the ISO 17025 standard, which ensures that you and your customers can rely on the validity of our results. Our team also understands how important test results are for your business goals and objectives — all our team members work together with you to efficiently conduct tests and prepare the test reports you need. We conduct accelerated weathering tests for various products, including but not limited to:
As part of the International Code Council Family of Solutions, we work directly with ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) to create tailored test plans that capture specialized requirements for innovative products, such as those found in the ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria. Test plans help ensure your innovative product has a clear path through the certification process with agreement from all participants. Below is a list of standards or criteria that may be included in test plans for accelerated weathering:
- ASTM D2565: Standard Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Outdoor Applications
- ASTM G154: Standard Practice for Operating Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus for Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials
- ASTM G155: Standard Practice for Operating Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials