One challenge you might have encountered with building materials, piping, and pipe clamps made of steel is high corrosion costs. Canadian taxpayers face $63 billion every year to cover corrosion
of these materials.
Quality solutions that protect these materials are not easily found. But one answer to this complex problem is the quality top surface protection product solution. It’s saving engineers from the impact of corrosion on building materials. Learn more about it in this article.
How can corrosion affect building and piping materials?
Corrosion can significantly damage piping and building materials, such as pipe clamps
, profile rails, fixpoints, sliding elements, and mounting accessories
. It causes them to become weaker and deteriorate, leading to a costly problem and issues with structural integrity.
What is top surface protection?
Top surface protection
is a protective layer added to the surfaces of building materials. It prevents them from sustaining expensive corrosive damage and lengthens their service life.
How does top surface protection work?
Plant engineering solution manufacturers first administer layers of top surface protection to the surface of steel building materials. Some surface protections can resist level C5 industrial level corrosion – (the highest level of corrosion caused by atmospheric conditions
Product engineers test all products that have top surface protection to validate this; they undergo a salt spray test, which lasts for 5900 hours to test their endurance.
How does top surface protection correspond to the corrosion levels?
There are six different corrosion levels to be aware of according to the international standard of corrosion protection (ISO 12944). These corrosion levels include C1, C2, C3, C4, C5-I, and C5-M, with C5-I referring to industrial level corrosion and C5-M referring to marine level corrosion.
C1 level corrosion is very low. It’s so low that materials don’t require protection
and you might only paint them with a C2 category coating for aesthetic reasons. C5 level corrosion even includes materials that might be temporarily stored in environments with high moisture or salt contamination levels (like offshore or coastal environments
Different levels of top surface protection are available for each of these corrosion levels. For example, a -5 top surface coating corresponds to a C5 corrosion level.
Which support structures can you protect with top surface protection?
You can protect a wide range of support structures with top surface protection. In terms of level C5 category protection, structures for indoor swimming pools and road tunnels gain significant benefits.
Other top surface protection coatings are available. For instance, use top surface protection -3 for category C3. It protects industrial washing machines from corrosion.
Choose top surface protection for your building materials
Strengthening building materials with top surface protection is an ideal solution. It saves money and requires fewer preparation efforts when compared with painting solutions.
You can choose top surface protection by reaching out to plant engineering solution experts. Reinforce the integrity of your building materials going forward. Find out more about industrial plant engineering solutions and corrosion at prosupportsolutions.ca