Working with steel in commercial construction adds strength and durability to a project. While this a great material for buildings or projects that will face considerable wear and tear, steel is highly susceptible to corrosion damage. This is a problem that costs the U.S. economy almost $300 billion a year. Corrosion is a gradual process, but the preventive measures such as protective coatings or liners help protect construction equipment and building materials from the earliest installation.
Preventative Measures Against Corrosion
Corrosion is the deterioration of metal after prolonged reaction to the environment around it. Steel is the most recognized material affected by corrosion, and areas of damage can weaken the structural integrity of projects. Corrosion can occur internally, and the work of tank lining companies is to provide an interior coating to piping or tanks where corrosion can occur. Because of the problem corrosion holds, both domestic and foreign materials are being developed that are highly resistant.
Building Codes and Specifications
Preventing corrosion is priority of the construction industry as a whole. This importance is evidenced by the building codes and regulations placed upon commercial projects. Considerations for development and structures include:
- Evaluating the characteristics of the corrosive medium
- The humidity and temperature conditions in different spaces
- The probability that corrosive substances will come in contact with building structures
- The presence and quantity of dust known for facilitating corrosion
- The climate and environmental conditions at the construction site
Steel isn’t the only metal used in commercial building applications. Aluminum, lead, copper, galvanized steel, bare iron, and cor-tem steel have an edge over traditional steel uses because of the natural and synthetic protections against corrosion. Coating building materials with protective compounds is also a step in reducing the potential for corrosion.
Contractors are careful when selecting their materials as they must remain compliant with building codes. Steel applications are strong and durable, so long as measures are taken to prevent and address corrosion.