I have to confess to being guilty of a work related sin, pointing out examples of galvanized steel during family holidays. So much so that I proudly hold the title of being ‘sad’.
I have recently fallen into an even more irritating habit of identifying bits of steel that are rusting and proudly claiming “should have been galvanized!”
Having listened to a fascinating piece on the history of the development of our motorway signage – a lot more interesting than it sounds – I began to pay more attention to their design and even noticed comma’s that separate town names on the overhead gantries.
Maybe some hot dip galvanized applications are so ubiquitous that they too get lost; lamp posts, motorway barriers, and sign posts. Galvanizing is all around us but may have dropped out of our consciousness because our mop buckets and dustbins no longer provide the metallic clunk of yesteryear.
Why should this matter? Studies have shown that up to 3% of GDP is lost to corrosion annually. By protecting our steelwork correctly, on day one, a lot of money can be saved.