Q: Do you use chemicals in your galvanization process?
A: We use some acids and bases to clean the material prior to galvanizing it. We pride ourselves on our environmental record and recycle all of our chemicals and rinse waters to the fullest extent possible.
Q: How does galvanizing steel protect from corrosion?
A: Let’s start with some definitions. Corrosion is how metal breaks down as oxygen attacks the surface. Rust is the special type of corrosion experienced by iron. Oxygen creates iron oxide, which flakes away from the body of the metal, exposing fresh metal to oxygen.Metals that don’t rust, like aluminum and stainless, form an oxide layer on the surface. This resists further corrosion. Another metal that oxidizes without rusting is zinc, and zinc is interesting because it bonds well to steel.So, if you want to give steel a coating that lasts longer than paint, cover it with a layer of zinc. And that’s how galvanizing protects steel.Q: How long will galvanized steel last on a project?
A: A key benefit of using Hot Dip Galvanizing is its durability. Data shows that galvanizing can provide between 34 to 170 years of protection for steel.
Q: What are your specialties?
A: We are the premier producer of hot-dip galvanizing and we can give answers about the craft for galvanized steel before you begin your project, that is important and needed.
Q: How do you keep galvanized steel from rusting?
A: The most important step in preventing corrosion on galvanized steel is keeping it out of environments where it is exposed to substances with a pH below 6 or above 12. One side of this requirement is that it is important to keep galvanized steel out of acid rain.