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Galvanizing steel pallets and shipping containers

Storage and handling companies rely on steel for everyday logistics of items, both big and small. To ensure your goods get from A to B, make sure you’re transporting them with the help of galvanized steel.

What is galvanized steel?

Hot dip galvanizing, which we often shorten to “galvanizing“, is a steel coating method that protects against corrosion. It’s done by dipping the metal into a bath of molten zinc, which forms a type of bond that means it can withstand corrosion from moisture and atmospheric attack.

Galvanizing your steel pallets and shipping containers means they last longer thanks to these corrosion-protection qualities. This enhanced lifespan means you save time and money on repairs and replacement steel. It also means that galvanizing has a cheaper lifetime cost than alternative coating methods such as paint, due to a reduced need to recoat.

Benefits of galvanizing for pallets and shipping containers

Galvanizing steel pallets and shipping containers and improving their corrosion-resistant properties brings several advantages for the transportation and logistics sector. These include:

Corrosion resistance

The primary reason why people galvanize their steel is because of the corrosion resistance qualities it gives to steel. Galvanization acts as a protective barrier against rust caused by moisture, chemicals, and diverse weather conditions. In the transport industry, where these assets face harsh environments during transit and storage, resistance to corrosion is especially important for maintaining structural integrity and ensuring cargo safety.

You can reliably use them on longer journeys without worrying about losing or damaging items due to corrosion.

Extended lifespan

By protecting against corrosion, galvanized steel pallets and containers enjoy a significantly longer lifespan compared to ungalvanized ones. This means cost savings for fabricators and end-users, reducing replacements and maintenance frequency while improving overall efficiency.

Durability and strength

Galvanization reinforces steel’s inherent strength without compromising its structural integrity. Steel pallets and containers undergo significant stress during handling and transportation. Galvanized surfaces offer exceptional resistance to scratches, abrasions, and mechanical damage, ensuring continued performance under rigorous usage.

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Environmental sustainability

Galvanizing is an environmentally friendly solution and fits into a circular economy, as the zinc coating is recyclable and poses minimal environmental hazards. The prolonged lifespan of galvanized steel reduces the need for frequent replacements, contributing to reduced resource consumption and waste generation.

Reduced maintenance costs

Galvanized steel requires minimal maintenance compared to untreated steel. The protective layer reduces the need for ongoing upkeep, saving time and resources for fabricators and users. This low-maintenance feature enhances operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Protect large containers

Galvanizing is also suitable for large steel shipping containers. Unlike painting, which is a very manual and labour-intensive process, the galvanizing process is done at a galvanizing plant. Depending on the company, they can accommodate for even the largest of fabrications depending on the bath sizes they offer.

Stand out on the roads with powder coating

Galvanizing by itself is an excellent choice for protecting your steel against corrosion. However, you can increase your steel’s durability even more with powder coating.

Powder coating is a steel coating method that can be used alongside galvanizing, to protect your steel against corrosion even more than with galvanizing alone. It’s considered to be the superior alternative to paint because it shares many of the benefits of paint without compromising on corrosion protection.

Unlike paint, which acts only as a surface-level coating, powder coating synergises with hot dip galvanizing by creating a durable bond that resists chipping and corrosion.

Powder coating doesn’t just bring extra durability – it also has aesthetic appeal. Like traditional paint, powder coating comes in a wide range of colours, and you can even choose from different finishes such as metallic or glitter. Adding colour to your shipping containers could be an opportunity to help your brand be recognisable; if people see a bright colour transporting their goods, they’re sure to remember it.

Even if bright colours aren’t your thing, you can always choose to powder coat in a traditional silver colour, helping to extend the lifespan of your steel and maintain its smooth and shiny appearance.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing for transportation companies

We understand the unique requirements for transportation companies. We offer the highest quality galvanizing at our nine UK sites, as well as a one-stop-shop facility for powder coating, galvanizing and shot blasting at our Medway plant.

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Many industries rely on their steel fabrications being kept outside. From structural steel buildings to farm gates and transmission towers, steel is prone to corrosion in moist environments. Fortunately, hot dip galvanizing serves as the perfect coating method for steel that is exposed to the elements.

What happens when galvanized steel gets wet?

Normally, when steel gets wet – whether from the rain or moisture in the air – it corrodes very quickly. When metals collect moisture, an electrochemical reaction causes the steel to corrode. The corrosion process is often accelerated by dissolved salts or impurities in the water.

Rust is just one type of corrosion but it’s one of the most prevalent types to affect steel. It occurs when oxygen reacts with metal atoms, forming metal oxides. Both oxygen and moisture are required for steel to rust. However, it’s very unlikely your steel will be kept away from oxygen if it’s exposed to moisture. Therefore, it’s important to slow down the corrosion process as much as possible.

The galvanizing process involves dipping steel into a bath of molten zinc, causing the zinc particles to metallurgically bond to the steel. This bond creates a much more durable finish that surface-level coatings such as paint, meaning galvanizing is effective for protecting steel against atmospheric attack, such as heavy rain.

Is galvanized steel good for outdoor use?

Galvanized steel is good to use outdoors thanks to its corrosion-resistant properties. Structural steel, transmission poles, and agricultural equipment are all types of steel that are likely to be affected by weather conditions, among many other types of steel fabrications.

If you’re in the construction, agricultural, transport or energy sectors, galvanizing steel that is used outside means you save time and money on maintenance and replacements.

Outdoor paint for steel

Hot dip galvanizing is a reliable coating method for protecting steel against weather damage. However, you may be looking to add an extra layer over your steel such as paint.

Paint is often used to give colour to steel and add an extra layer of protection, but it can chip away easily, compromising the underlying steel. Even when using waterproof paint, it is advised that you recoat it every 5-10 years. But what if there was an alternative to paint that doesn’t need retouching so frequently?

Fortunately, there is. Powder coating is a method of coating steel that adds colour without compromising on durability.

Powder coating is the best alternative to paint. Unlike paint, which chips easily and does not protect against corrosion, powder coating is applied electrostatically to the steel. This application technique means that the layer of powder coating protects the underlying steel against corrosion. Powder coating used in synergy with hot dip galvanizing is known as a duplex coating.

Joseph Ash Galvanizing for durable steel

With nine UK sites, we’re never too far away to protect your steel.

  • We’ll collect and deliver your steel to our site ✔️
  • Comprehensive technical support, guidance and assistance at every stage ✔️
  • Hot dip galvanized to BS EN ISO 1461 standards ✔️
  • Part of a circular economy ✔️
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