The initial cost of hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel is the final cost. Once HDG steel is in place, it rarely needs maintenance for 75 years or more, even in the most corrosive industrial environments. Therefore, utilizing HDG allows maintenance budgets to be allocated to new projects and programs. With HDG steel, there is no expensive labor, site precautions and protection, surface preparation, and materials needed every 12-15 years as is required with paint.
To see a snapshot of HDG’s economic cost, download the Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Costs Less, Lasts Longer overview or the full publication.
As shown below, HDG’s time to first maintenance is a key contributing factor to low economic cost.