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Maintenance Tips To Extend The Lifespan Of Steel Structures

September 06, 2023
Maintenance Tips To Extend The Lifespan Of Steel Structures



Robustness and resilience are, unambiguously, the two key features that define the durability of any steel structure. As steel structures are constantly exposed to different elements like rain, snow and sun, there are certain things structural steel fabricators can do to ensure the structure’s maximum longevity. While steel structures themselves are known for their durability and resilience, it is still important to give them the proper maintenance to ensure their extended lifespan. In this blog, we are exploring the tips that can help extend the lifespan of a steel structure.

Tips to extend the lifespan of steel structures

1. Anti-corrosion treatment

A well-designed steel structure can last as long as 100 years. However, there is one factor that can seriously affect the longevity of a steel structure - rust. Applying anti-corrosion treatment on the steel surface is the best way to extend the structure’s lifespan. Inorganic zinc coating or epoxy are two of the most common options used for anti-corrosion treatment of steel. With proper treatment applied, steel can last even longer. 


2. Responding to damages promptly

Physical damages to steel structures are bound to happen over time. When a steel structure is damaged, it is important to respond to it immediately to prevent the damage from spreading over the entire structure. Sometimes, damage fixing requires the involvement of a structural engineer, a welder or a steel structure fabricator. 


3. Cleaning before painting 

Painting steel structures is not a novelty. Sometimes, the project requirements call for applying paint on the steel surface. If your project involves painting the steel, it is important for the surface to be cleaned and primed before the painting in order for the paint to bond properly. If these steps are not followed, paint can flake and chip away over time, exposing the bare steel to elements and causing it to rust. 


4. Painting 

As mentioned above, steel is typically painted, depending on the requirements of the project. Painting a steel structure not only improves its appearance, but it also helps prevent rusting. Choosing the right and high quality paint that can withstand constant exposure to sun, humidity, and other weather conditions will help achieve maximum durability of the structure.



If you are looking for experienced structural steel fabricators in Toronto who can build truly long-lasting steel structures, Weld Rich & Steel Inc. got you covered. As experienced steel structure fabricators and welders, we know all about steel fabrication and maintenance. Browse our project portfolio and get in touch with us today to discuss your next structural steel fabrication project.