Steel is a common product in modern America. Cars, buildings, bridges, and more are made from different types of steel, and builders and engineers love it for its high strength and durability. However, steel also has a weakness: rust. Rust can be a big problem for steel products if it’s not treated and cared for properly. That’s why the metal buildings we sell at Bargain Barns USA are made using only the highest quality galvanized steel for long-lasting protection.

How does galvanizing protect your steel building from the elements for years? Galvanizing might not seem like anything special, but it’s actually a delicate process that helps steel buildings and structures last years longer than they would otherwise. So how does it work?

How Galvanizing Works

All galvanizing is based off the same idea: rust cannot harm steel when it’s coated with something that does not rust. Galvanized steel is coated with a layer of zinc to protect it from oxidizing. In modern steel manufacturing, there are two main ways to galvanize steel:

  • Hot-Dip Galvanizing: In this method, the manufacturer dips clean steel into molten zinc. When they remove the steel, some zinc remains on the surface of the metal. This zinc forms a protective coating that keeps the steel safe from corrosion. Hot-dip galvanizing is most often used for large steel parts such as frame members and body panels on steel buildings.
  • Electrogalvanizing is when the steel manufacturer uses electroplating to attach a thin but durable zinc layer to the steel. Electrogalvanizing is useful for small or thin steel parts, as well as for pieces like nuts and bolts which would have their threads filled in by liquid zinc if they were hot-dipped. 

At Bargain Barns, our steel buildings are manufactured using both the hot-dip and electrogalvanizing methods. This ensures that all the parts of your steel carport or steel shed are as durable and well-constructed as possible from the moment they leave the manufacturer.

How to Maintain Galvanized Steel

Galvanized Steel Building

Galvanized steel is far more durable than untreated steel, which makes it great for steel buildings and carports. However, even galvanized steel is not 100 percent weatherproof. Over time, the zinc coating on all galvanized steel will wear away, especially when exposed to rain, salt water, or acidic substances. As the galvanized coating wears away, your metal building may become more susceptible to rust. That’s why it’s important to maintain your galvanized coating on your metal building.

Fortunately, it’s relatively simple to maintain galvanized steel. Steel buildings require very little maintenance in general, but the first goal should always be preventing corrosion to protect the steel from rust.

The best way to protect galvanized steel is to give it additional protection beyond the galvanized coating itself. Paint is an excellent example - a coat of metal paint on your steel building’s frame and panels can protect the zinc coating and make your building last much longer. Home improvement stores also sell many other rustproofing products including oils and sealers, but these can be more difficult to work with and don’t always last as long as paint.

Other than a coating, the best way to prevent corrosion to galvanized steel is to keep it relatively clean and dry. Dirt and grime can create rough surfaces that water will cling to, making it more likely to wear away the zinc coating protecting the steel. An occasional wash with some soapy water can keep your steel building in top shape for many years.

Galvanized steel is just one of the many reasons that a steel building from Bargain Barns USA is a great home investment. A steel building will keep your car or other property safe from sun, rain, and other inclement weather, and it will last for many years with very little maintenance. Plus, the cost of a steel carport or steel garage is far lower than an addition to your home, making them the smart choice for economical buyers.

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