As an installer, you work a lot with steel. An excellent material but it does have a substantial disadvantage: it rusts. What is the best possible way to prevent corrosion of the installation materials? Let us explain how that can be done.
All ferrous materials, such as steel and even stainless steel, will rust. Therefore, it is no wonder that after a certain period of time your installations will start to corrode if it is not treated properly.
In the long run, rust expands the material and distorts the installation. In addition the iron-containing installation material can become so rusted, that holes appear.
Exposure to oxygen and water start the corrosion process. Oxygen is in the air, so there is nothing you can do to prevent this. However, you can do something about the water. For example, you can determine the humidity of the room in advance. If the area has a high humidity, the material has to have a higher resistance to corrosion.
Solutions to avoid rust include installation materials made of galvanized material, stainless steel or powder-coated material. Furthermore, galvanized material is also available in varying degrees of corrosion resistance. This is useful as installation material used on dry spots in the building, do not have to be heavily galvanized.
In theory, the distinction between the different degrees of resistance to corrosion is evident. However in practice, various types are often used interchangeably. The term ‘galvanized’ does not always mean that the material is rust resistant for your situation.
There is, for example, galvanized material available which is perfect for use inside the building. But if this material is used outdoors, it would soon begin to rust. As an installer it is important to make a good assessment for each specific situation. You must not only take into account the air conditions and the surrounding environment, but also consider the material you will be installing. Is there a thicker layer of zinc or another alloy needed for your situation?
If you want to be sure that your installation materials have a very high corrosion resistance, BIS UltraProtect® 1000 is exactly what you need. The products coating with BIS UltraProtect® 1000 can effortlessly withstand a salt spray test of at least 1000 hours* (according to ISO 9227). Ideal for mechanical, solar systems and many other types of installations, both indoors and outdoors.