For the most part, our prefab steel buildings are generally resistant to rust but this is for a number of reasons. No matter what you use your building for, you’ll probably want it to be up for quite some time; so making sure that it doesn’t become damaged is an integral part in making the structure last. Thankfully, much of the preventative measures for keeping your building from rusting are done before the structure even reaches your job site, but it’s still important to know how they function.
The Risks Of Rust
Before going into ways to prevent rust, it’s important to understand the problems that it can cause. Rust is a chemical reaction between oxygen and iron over an extended period of time. Eventually if left untreated, the rust starts to “eat through” the metal, causing it to get weaker and weaker until there are holes, gaps and further damage which may lead to collapse. This is, obviously, a major safety hazard no matter what you’re using your structure for. Rust can have detrimental effects on your structure, and make it unusable if left untreated for too long. This is why it’s much more important, cost and time-effective and logical to take preventative measures to ensure this type of damage does not befall your structure.
This method is essentially coating the steel in zinc as a way to keep rust away from it. It’s dipped into melted zinc in order to make it adhere to the material, and once it hardens it creates an amazing protective layer between the outside elements and the steel itself. Any eventual rusting (after many number of years or lack of maintenance) will occur on the zinc before reaching the steel itself. It’s important to know that Lincoln steel buildings only uses galvanized steel to complete our steel structures. As soon as it arrives at your job site, it’s already been treated with this protective layer.
Another way to keep your steel building from getting rusted is with paint. There are plenty of protective paints that work perfectly over galvanized metal to not only make your building look even better but also create a moisture barrier. Various types of paints can be used like polyester, acrylic, silicone or a mix or all 3. Lincoln steel buildings in particular uses a siliconized polyester paint to get the job done.
With all of these preventative measures, it can be easy to forget that there are still some extra measures of your own that you should take to help keep rust at bay. Cleaning your structure on a regular basis is just one of the ways you can do this, using a power washer and even a brush for dirtier areas. Using a mix of laundry detergent and warm water will help you get your building as clean as it needs to be. By keeping your structure clean you prevent chemicals or natural substances from being able to just sit on your structure, which might actually trigger or speed up any rusting on it without you realizing it. Of course, it will be imperative that you keep all windows and doors of the structure closed, cover any plants or outlets nearby before you start power washing it to prevent any accidents.
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