When we are talking about faster construction, durability and sustainability there is one material that stands out – steel.
Steel is a vital and necessary part of modern construction for both buildings and transport systems. While in some applications, other materials such as concrete and timber can replace the use of steel, it is often the preferred option for a range of reasons. In particular, steel can be recycled and used over and over again and, therefore, the need to use up new materials is reduced.
Steel, unfortunately, can corrode in exposed situations and must therefore be protected from the elements either by painting or through an alloying process like hot dip galvanizing. As long as modern design carries on using steel for buildings and infrastructure, it must be protected to ensure its durability.
Enabling Infrastructure with Galvanizing
Achieving the housing targets set out by the government can only be done by putting the required infrastructure in place to enable housing developments. Hot Dip Galvanised steel is a proven material that has been used throughout the world. As you look around your street, or travel down the motorway you will see, signs, lampposts, electricity poles, toll plazas, power transmission lines all of which are galvanized. The same is true when travelling by rail. Galvanized steel is all around you in both urban and rural environments.
By protecting schools, infrastructure, water & waste treatment plants, bridges and recreational facilities from corrosion we are actually protecting against preventable failures and avoiding additional maintenance costs.