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Keep roads and highways safe with galvanized steel

If you work in the roads, highways, and traffic sector, it is to essential protect your steel structures from corrosion. The safety of our roads becomes compromised if steel barriers, bridges and overpasses become corroded. Galvanizing steel in the roads and highways sector ensures the public stay safe while travelling, while keeping your maintenance costs and downtime to a minimum.

What is galvanizing?

Hot dip galvanizing is the process of submerging iron or steel into a bath of molten zinc. The zinc coating forms a metallurgical bond with the steel, creating a durable barrier that can withstand harsh environmental conditions. There are numerous benefits of hot dip galvanizing for all companies, but it is especially important for the roads and highways sector.

Corroded steel structures, such as bridges or guardrails, can pose safety hazards to motorists and pedestrians. Weakened structures may not be able to withstand the required loads or impacts, potentially leading to accidents or injuries.

What can be galvanized in the industry?

Motorway barriers; bridge and overpass barriers; and barrier systems are some of the key components in the road and highway sector that benefit from galvanizing. Thousands of people drive on roads daily, and the strength of these components is vital for ensuring the safety of the public.

Away from the roads, the wider traffic industry can benefit from galvanized safety gates to assist with traffic flow.

Benefits for galvanizing road and highway steel

Galvanizing has many advantages and benefits for your highway projects, including:

  • Long-term durability: A galvanized coating can last for decades without requiring any painting or touch-ups. An average coating thickness of 85 microns can protect a steel structure for up to 100 years. Even in coastal environments, a galvanized coating can deliver a life expectancy of 30 years or more.
  • Sustainability: Galvanizing is an environmentally friendly process that uses natural and recyclable materials. The zinc coating reduces the need for repeated maintenance painting, which saves energy and resources and reduces emissions. Galvanized steel can also be easily reused or recycled at the end of its life.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Galvanizing pays off in the long run. It is cheaper than other corrosion protection methods, and it reduces the lifetime costs of your projects by reducing the frequency of maintenance and repairs. Galvanizing also has a fast turnaround time, which means you can get your projects completed quickly and more efficiently.
  • Quality: Galvanizing with Premier Galvanizing means you get a first-class service, technical expertise and premium quality. We have two different Premier Galvanizing sites as well as seven sister sites as part of the Joseph Ash Group. All our work is hot dip galvanized to BS EN ISO 1461 standards.

As part of the Joseph Ash Group, we case studies from companies in the roads and bridges sector. Contact us today for more information.

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