Galvanizing in Construction: Strengthening Structures for the Long Haul
Galvanizing is a manufacturing process of applying a protective layer of molten zinc to steel, iron, and other metals to prevent them from rusting. It is the most common method of protecting these metals from corrosion and is fast becoming a medium of choice for construction projects to strengthen structures for the long haul, and for good reason.
Galvanized steel is one of the most durable metals available and, if applied by experts like our professionals at Armco Superlite, can last for decades with minimal maintenance.
We at Armco Superlite are globally recognised as the leading galvanizers throughout Africa and beyond. In this article, we will explain the importance of galvanization in construction along with a few of the many benefits a professionally finished product has over other rust-prevention mediums.
Why is Galvanizing Important When Steel is Used in Construction Projects?
Galvanized steel is a versatile material that can be used in a variety of construction applications. Although there are alternative methods, galvanizing is most successfully achieved through the hot-dipped method where the steel is prepared and then dipped in a molten zinc emersion bath. Once dry, the steel can be transported to the client’s building site when it is required, saving on the on-site use of valuable space.
Steel that has been treated with hot-dip galvanization with an average thickness of only 85 microns, approximately the thickness of a sheet of paper, has been known to protect the metal for up to 100 years. Alternative methods of corrosion protection, apart from the irritations of the on-site application processes, are proving to have levels of protection for only a fraction of that time.
For these reasons and more, more construction companies, architects, and structural engineers are turning to galvanizers for this versatile product since, over time, this method of corrosion protection is proving to be the most cost-effective way of protecting steel over long periods.
4 Benefits of Galvanizing Metals in Construction
Here are a few benefits of galvanization in construction:
Lowest Initial Cost:
Cost analysis will reveal that galvanized steel will typically be more cost-effective than other corrosion-prevention methods. Furthermore, it is prepared off-site, causing minimal interference with the build.
Lowest Long-Term Costs:
Alternative products may appear cheaper initially. However, frequent maintenance, increased labour costs, a rise in the prices of raw materials in the future, and production stoppages will prove more expensive over time.
Galvanized steel may last between 70 and 100 years, with very little maintenance. Consequential losses because of shutdowns for maintenance due to using other methods of rust prevention may prove exorbitant.
Galvanization covers every part of the treated material, even recesses, bolt and screw threads, sharp corners, and inaccessible areas. It offers outstanding resistance to mechanical damage and once the structure is completed, no further protection is required.
Arm Yourself with Armco Superlite
At Armco Superlite, we have been supplying superior-quality galvanized products for more than three decades. We have two state-of-the-art galvanizing plants in Isando and Randfontein. Our Isando plant can accommodate heavy-duty structural steel up to 13 metres long with an output of around 2000 tons per month. Our Randfontein plant can accommodate light to medium structural steel up to 6 metres long, with an average output of an impressive 800 tons per month.
We are South Africa’s leading certified galvanizer with a formidable footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are proudly listed in accordance with the BSI ISO 9001:2015 quality scheme, and all our galvanized products adhere to the SANS 121 / ISO 1461 specifications.
Why Choose Armco Superlite?
We at Armco Superlite are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality galvanized products at the most competitive prices. We use only the finest raw materials and the latest, cutting-edge technology in our galvanizing process. Our products are inspected at every stage of production to ensure that they meet our strict quality standards.
Planning your next construction project? Consider arming yourself with Armco Superlite and contact us. Our superior products, expert advice, and excellent after-sales service will ensure that you will be armed for decades.