If you’re purchasing steel for a project where rusting or other corrosion prevention are vital factors, one process you might be considering for your steel is known as galvanization. Referring to the process of coating the steel with zinc oxide during manufacturing, galvanization protects your steel and may also change its appearance to a format many prefer for visual projects.
At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to explain the galvanization process for any of our steel tubing, steel plate or any of our other steel products. There are also certain situations where you want to avoid galvanization depending on the project you’re working on – let’s go over the entire process and its pros and cons.
In the majority of cases today, steel manufacturers will galvanize a piece of steel by dipping it into a vat of molten zinc. When this happens, the zinc bonds itself to steel in a similar way to any other alloy – it becomes an actual part of the chemical composition of the steel itself.
This means that between the steel and zinc is a gradient mixture of both compounds that combines their properties. This is known as hot-dipped galvanization, and is the most common process. There is another process where zinc is sprayed onto the steel instead, but this process creates a weaker zinc layer and isn’t as common.
There are several distinct benefits to galvanization of steel:
There are also a couple potential downsides to be aware of with galvanization:
For more on steel galvanization, or to learn about any of our steel products or services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.