The decision to have a item galvanised really can only be made on a job to job basic, but here at West Country Blacksmiths, we generally look to have the majority of our work galvanised especially is it is to go outside or to sit in a damp environment.
The Hot Dip galvanizing process has been around for 150 years & is a means of protecting steel products against oxidation & corrosion. Galvanizing protects a steel material by means of coating the steel work with a layer of zinc.
The galvanizing process is a staged process that includes hydrochloric acid treatment to ensure that the surface chemically clean prior to zinc coating. The steel work is then fully immersed into a tank containing liquid zinc held and controlled at 450 deg. C. The zinc reacts with the steel surface which forms a series of zinc iron alloy layers which are metallurgically bonded to the steel substrate. This gives a coating which even when damaged in small areas, will provide an impenetrable layer to the steel substrate. In comparison to other corrosion protection systems.
At West Country Blacksmiths we have most things galvanised including gates, handrails, railings, posts, estate railings, garden furniture and we alway receive positive feedback from our customers. We use and highly recommend McArthur Group for galvanising, and they offer their specialist Galvanizing services from two locations in the UK. We work closely with the Bristol depot who can generally turn the work around in a short window.