Hot-dipped galvanizing is the process of coating metal with molten zinc to protect it from corrosion. This is a method highly used by any industry working with wrought iron. The galvanization process is added to the steel after it’s been fabricated. Many of our galvanized wrought iron gates, fences, and stairways can be seen all of the San Diego area, especially locations near the ocean such as La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Downtown’s Convention Center and Seaport Village.
Types of metals that are hot-dipped galvanized:
- Wrought iron
Note: Stainless Steel is naturally anti-corrosive and
does not need to be hot-dipped galvanize.
The main element used in the galvanization process is zinc. There are a total of four layers added to the base of the metal. The first three layers consist of alloy metals including zinc. The final layer added to the metal is 100% pure zinc. Hot-dipped galvanization provides the ultimate anti-corrosion protection because it acts as a barrier between the metal and the environment. Be wary of terms such as “coated” or “plated” when choosing your method of protecting your fabricated or non-fabricated parts. Any other method of reinforcing your wrought iron to protect it against rust will not compare against hot-dipped galvanization. Wrought iron that is not hot-dipped galvanized will be vulnerable to the long term effects of harsh conditions in the environment such as moisture from climate, emissions, transportation exhaust, or gases and other chemicals.
Demand of Hot-dipped Galvanization Structures
The popularity of galvanizing grew considerably after the first plant opened in the United States in the late 1800’s. Many old structures have undergone renovations to remove old steel components that have rusted overtime and have been replaced with hot-dipped galvanized parts. Most structural assemblies especially those in the transportation industry have galvanized infrastructures to help sustain a safe operation. And by today’s standards most buildings, bridges, and highways are constructed using steel that has been hot-dipped galvanized. As such, using galvanized fasteners is highly recommended for any structure because it will ensure that the interior will remain intact for years with no maintenance needed. Most assemblies in the construction process of a steel structure require the use hot-dipped galvanized fasteners because they will not rust over time in turn maintaining the adhesive that will provide a stronger reinforcement for each part of the structure.
Benefits of Hot-Dipped Galvanization
- No maintenance required.
- Galvanized parts will always remain intact regardless of outdoor conditions.
- Ensures a safe structure.Environmentally safe.
- Increases metal’s longevity.
Steelworks outsources with other companies in the county of San Diego on all galvanized jobs. If you are planning your next ornamental iron project, consider having it hot-dipped galvanized to increase the quality and the lifespan of your metal.