Why Galvanizing

Why Galvanizing

Steel is a strong, versatile and inexpensive material with uses in many different industries. It has, however, one major disadvantage: it is prone to corrosion, even in interior environments corrosion protection is therefore essential if steel structures are to be economical.

Today, increased awareness of the long-term savings possible from reduced maintenance costs have highlighted the need for the durable protective systems for steel. Designers, specifiers, fabricators and users of steelwork are trying to develop the most effective, practical and economic solutions. 

Galvanizing is proven and sustainable

Galvanization is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent premature rust and corrosion. Hot Dip Galvanizing (HDG) is arguably the most environmentally-friendly process available to protect steel against corrosion and has many inherently sustainable features. 

Several studies have demonstrated the high economic and environmental costs associated with the repeated maintenance painting of steel structures. These burdens can be significantly reduced by an initial investment in long-term protection. Lack of attention to optimal corrosion protection can leave a damaging economic legacy of repeated maintenance costs. In social housing projects, future maintenance costs will be borne by the local authorities. In public infrastructure projects, use of galvanized steel leads to lower maintenance budgets, releasing public funds for other purposes.

Engineers choose galvanizing because it’s the most cost effective corrosion protection system with a long, maintenance-free lifespan. Once coated, galvanized steel is immediately ready for use. It provides a tough surface that resists immense damage and it’s environmentally sustainable.

Incorporating galvanizing at the onset of project planning ensures the highest quality coating, lowest costs, fastest turnaround times and optimum safety of galvanizing personnel.

A standard hot dip galvanized coating on fabricated steelwork, i.e. building frame, gate or appliance, give a typical life without maintenance of 50+ years in a rural environment. A paint coating could need remedial work three or four times before the galvanizing needs any attention.

There’s no other corrosion protection system that provides the long life, durability and reliable performance of galvanizing. To ensure optimum results — reduced coating costs, quick turnaround times and safety of personnel — there are a number factors that must be taken into consideration prior to fabrication.

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