One of the most important things to remember for any building project is to have the right tool for the job. Making sure you do have the correct tool will make every bit of work just that much easier. However, many people think this only applies to hammers and screwdrivers when it’s just as important to choose the right materials for the job as well. Galvanized steel stands out as among other materials as a high performing type of steel that has a lot to offer. Here are five reasons why you should choose galvanized steel for your next job.
When it comes to building, you want to make sure that the structure is going to last as long as possible and still remain in good shape. After several studies and a variety of tests, galvanized steel has been proven to have a lifespan much longer than other structural materials. It was found that it lasts in good condition for more than 50 years in rural areas and 20-25 years in more populated urban or coastal settings.
There aren’t many construction materials that are as reliable as galvanized steel. The galvanization process includes the setting of a protective zinc coating to impede the tendency of steel to start rusting. This means that with an extra layer of a different metal, the steel inside is protected for the elements, which is why it lasts so long, as mentioned above. The process results in a reliably durable material that is extremely rust- and damage-resistant.
Construction materials come in all varieties, including different types of treated steel. However, those other coatings and layers on steel tend to cost much more. For example, special types of paints that are often used to coat and protect steel require a certified person to do the process, meaning you’ll pay more for the materials, simply because of labor costs. The cost of galvanized steel, however, remains low due to its simple processing.
With other materials, like steel painted with a protective layer of special paint, you’ll need to make regular inspections to ensure that there are no areas chipping off that could allow rust to form. With galvanized steel, on the other hand, the galvanization process means the zinc is melded to the steel and won’t be coming off any time soon. This means that the material needs far less maintenance than other materials might need.
With other building materials, contractors may need to prep them to get them ready for use after delivery. This could include cleaning, treating, or painting. But galvanized steel is ready to go immediately. The zinc-dipping process only takes a few minutes to complete and doesn’t require any further preparation or inspections. Instead, the steel is ready to go, as is.
Still wondering about which type of metal will work best for your next job? We offer a large and diverse steel & aluminum inventory coupled with an extensive array of in house metal processing equipment that allows us to service customers on an unparalleled level. For questions or information on our products and services call us today at 978-658-1121 or contact us directly on our site.