The success of your project is often determined by the materials you choose at its outset, and so selecting piping materials is always an important decision for engineers, builders and contractors. One material that they seem to pick over and over again is galvanized pipe.
Galvanized pipe is pipe that has been coated with a layer of zinc. This coating protects the pipe from corrosion and rust, leading to increased longevity and enhanced reliability.
The zinc is often applied via a hot-dipping process, literally lowering the intended material—whether it is steel, aluminum or another metal—into hot zinc. This coating protects the pipe by corroding first when the pipe is out in the field, allowing the metal underneath it to stay intact and usable for a longer period of time.
Here are a handful of great reasons why you should choose galvanized pipes for your next project:
Galvanization is often less expensive than other ways of protecting metal from corrosion. This is due to the fact that other methods often require intensive labor. Labor costs have risen steadily, which means the costs of these methods have risen as well.
ASTM Galvanized Pipe Standardization
The ASTM has standards for many different types of galvanized pipes. This means that when you buy an ASTM galvanized pipe, you can count on its quality and accurately predict its performance and lifespan.
Because galvanized pipes are resistant to corrosion, you don’t need to repair them as often as other types of pipes. This saves time and money, especially if your pipes are located in areas that are difficult to reach.
Simple To Inspect
You don’t need sophisticated equipment to inspect galvanized pipes. Rather, the integrity of their coatings can be checked by the human eye, and their thickness can be measured with straightforward processes that won’t damage the pipes.
Zinc coatings provide cathodic or sacrificial protection, meaning that even if small parts of the zinc layer have been scratched or damaged, the exposed metal underneath will still be protected. Furthermore, galvanization protects the parts of your pipe that are usually problematic—the corners, recesses and nooks. Other processes of protecting pipes don’t offer this all-over protection.
If you have any questions or are considering galvanized pipe for your next project, please contact us. We’ll get back to you quickly with the information or quote you need.