Steel has been the material of choice in the building industry since the late 1800s because of the numerous benefits it provides. While steel offers an effective and efficient framing system for the building envelope, the hot-dip galvanizing of both interior and exterior elements is an excellent method to provide a durable and maintenance-free corrosion protection system to last for decades. Around the world, galvanized steel is considered aesthetically pleasing, and the contemporary, industrial appearance galvanized steel exhibits is rapidly becoming a popular architectural choice.
Although traditionally galvanized steel is selected for durable and sustainable corrosion protection, its functional use can also allow a greater amount of design freedom and become part of the exposed beauty of a project. The living, naturally diminishing spangle, along with a luminous distinct silvery grey finish can compliment and blend in with rural, wooded, wildlife-sensitive areas or where a neutral appearance is important.
Whether trying to achieve a delicate and bright look, a striking appearance, or a structure that will blend in with the surroundings, galvanized steel can provide a natural gray appearance or even be top coated with a variety of colors to achieve a sustainable, corrosion-resistant design leaving an impression for generations. Further, hot-dip galvanizing’s attainability, workability, recyclability, cost effectiveness, and low environmental impact makes it a formidable and sustainable choice today and for the future. When specifying hot-dip galvanized steel for building and architecture projects, following established design and fabrication guidelines for optimizing coating quality ensures maximum aesthetics can be achieved for ornamental and/or AESS components. It should be noted that Galvanized Steel is not recommended for use in areas with extremely high rainfall or a high content of salt in the air, persistent fog or extremely high humidity.