Advantages And Disadvantages Of Galvanizing Pipe

Galvanized pipes are types of steel pipes coated with another metal to discourage rusting. The coating is usually made of zinc. If you are considering galvanized bollards for your business or organization, take a moment to review the advantages and disadvantages first.


Galvanized coating is designed to prevent corrosion and rust. It is also manufactured to keep other minerals, such as calcium, from building up on the pipes or bollards. It can last for years depending on the quality of the coating and the application.


Despite its longevity and corrosion resistance, galvanized coatings are still subject to chipping, cracking, and similar damage. Using it on bollards designed to protect retail storefronts from vehicle damage, for example, can mean plenty of dings, scratches, and chips. The exposed metal rusts in reaction to the elements and spreads corrosion throughout the rest of the pipe or bollard. This eliminates any rust protection the coating provides. Powder coating over galvanized bollards also means bubbling and chipping issues.

Pipes and bollards are heavy enough without adding galvanization to the equation. In addition to heavy handling, galvanized pipes and bollards are frequently environmental hazards. Any damage they sustain means rust may run into nearby drains, therefore polluting waterways and harming animal life. This is one of the many reasons galvanized piping is rarely used in the state of California anymore.

Additional galvanization disadvantages include the cost. Galvanizations add up to .50 cents per pound of piping to the final installation price. It also costs you more money in the event of any damage because the pipes or bollards will have to be replaced instead of just repaired.

The disadvantages of using galvanized pipes and bollards far exceed the advantages. They are an expensive, eco-UNfriendly choice you should probably avoid.

When you work with 1800Bollards, you will not deal with the issues stemming from galvanization. We use zinc primer instead of galvanized materials to coat our bollards, which lasts much longer and is highly effective. It is also environmentally safe and works well with powder coatings. You will subsequently enjoy high-quality, eco-friendly, cost-effective bollards, whether you need them for your college or university, retail establishment, restaurant, warehouse, or other business or organization.

Call us today at 1-800-Bollards (800-265-5273) to learn what our products and services will do for your business. We offer a range of bollards for your convenience, including high-security options.

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