There are quite a few options to choose from when deciding what type of metal to use for your project. Certain things need to be considered, like your project’s budget, preferred aesthetics, and the longevity of the material.Galvanized steel should be at the top of your list – it is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly metal that works great on any fabrication project. Here are the top 10 reasons you should choose galvanized steel for your next project.
Galvanized steel is the most inexpensive type of treated metal. The hot-dip treatment process is quick and saves money in labor hours. Other treatments need to be painted or sprayed on, and can take longer to complete.
When the steel has completed the galvanization process and is fully cured, the result is a beautiful matte gray color. This color blends well with any surroundings and will make your project blend beautifully no matter its location.
Strong and Reliable
Galvanized steel is incredibly durable and can perform in any situation. The coating is very reliable, and you can feel confident about the strength of the project. The galvanization process works to protect the steel and give it a long-lasting coating that prevents any corrosion.
A typical structure or project that is constructed using galvanized steel can last up to 50 years. Projects in more urban areas last around 25 years since they are exposed to more materials.
Steel that has been galvanized is constantly working to prevent damage and corrosion. This process is self-healing, and protects the metal even after there has been damage. The material is extremely difficult to scratch or damage, but in the event there is a small issue, your project will be protected.
Unlike other protection products that need to be painted or sprayed on, galvanization utilizes a dipping method that covers every surface of the project. This method ensures small areas or cracks and crevices are covered and not at risk for exposure to corrosive materials.
Because the process to galvanize the metal happens so quickly, your metal or project will be ready to use as soon as it is delivered. Other materials take time to cure or may require additional coatings after time has passed.
Inspections Made Easy
Depending on the type of project you are choosing metal for, it may need to be inspected at one time or another. The galvanization process ensures no areas of your metal will be subject to corroding or damage, which means quick and easy inspections.
Easy to Customize
If the matte gray look of the steel after it is galvanized is not appealing to your design scheme, your project can be painted or powder-coated. These treatments come in a variety of options and are safe to use on your galvanized steel. Painting or powder coating your project adds an extra layer of protection to your metal while adding to your design scheme.
Galvanized steel can be used in many different types of projects. Some of the most common uses are gates, handrails, safety barriers, roofing, awnings, balconies, appliances, vehicle parts, piping, HVAC duct systems, and water tanks. No matter the needs of your project, galvanized steel will ensure the metal is long-lasting.
Discuss Your Project with a Specialist Today
Swanton Welding specializes in galvanization and has skilled technicians who hot-dip galvanize on a daily basis. These professionals are happy to take your call and discuss the specifications of your project to determine the best way to complete your project.