What Is Galvanized Steel?

Galvanized steel is steel which has been treated with a rust-resistant zinc coating. It can come in the form of sheets, tubes or rolls, and is available in a variety of thicknesses and strengths. This material is used in manufacturing around the world for products exposed to moisture and adverse weather conditions. Some examples of its use include automobiles, building materials, fencing, and household appliances.

Galvanized steel is widely used in applications where rust resistance is needed, and can be identified by the crystallization patterning on the surface. The construction industry is one of the greatest consumers of galvanized steel products. This material has been used for support beams, piping, heating and air conditioning duct work, barriers and handrails. Metal roofing is popular in some regions because of its durability, rust-resistance, and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofs are not easily damaged by hail and heat. It is lightweight, fire-resistant, and recyclable and basically maintenance free.

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