Sustainable Steel Coatings: Protecting the Environment and Infrastructure

George Cooper

Sustainable Steel Coatings: Protecting the Environment and Infrastructure

At our company, we believe in the power of sustainable steel coatings to protect the environment and vital infrastructure. Buildings across the United States consume vast amounts of energy, water, and electricity while contributing to carbon dioxide emissions. That’s why we are dedicated to implementing green building strategies that enhance environmental performance and maximize economic benefits.

By integrating green construction methods at every stage, we can achieve a range of benefits, including the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems, improved air and water quality, waste reduction, and conservation of natural resources. But one crucial element in this equation is the use of sustainable steel coatings. Our reRubber rubberized coating systems, for instance, seal and protect surfaces from environmental elements, prevent rusting on metal surfaces, and even reduce energy costs.

These water-based coatings boast strong adhesion properties and are easy to apply. Moreover, they contain recycled tire crumb rubber, making them a sustainable choice for protecting both the environment and the infrastructure we rely on.

Coatings for Bridge Protection: Extending Service Life and Ensuring Safety

Bridges are an integral part of our society, connecting people, businesses, and enabling the transportation of goods. To ensure their longevity and safeguard them from weather, corrosion, and excessive wear, it is crucial to construct new bridges, maintain existing ones, and protect them effectively.

Coatings play a vital role in shielding bridges from the elements and corrosion, effectively extending their service life and reducing the need for frequent maintenance. Steel bridges, which account for approximately 25% of all bridges in the United States, are often coated with protective coatings to prevent corrosion.

Different coating systems, such as zinc-rich primers, epoxy intermediates, and topcoats, are commonly employed on steel bridges to maximize their durability and protection. The National Bridge Inventory reveals that bridge conditions vary across the United States, with a higher percentage of older bridges classified as fair or poor. By applying adequate coating systems, we can significantly improve the condition and safety of bridges, ensuring their long-term sustainability.

Choosing the Right Coatings for Water Storage Tanks: Considerations for Asset Owners

Coatings are essential for protecting water storage tanks from corrosion and ensuring their longevity. As asset owners, including municipal water works departments, it is crucial to evaluate the available coating options carefully. Standards like ISO 12944 and AWWA D102 provide valuable guidance on suitable coatings for steel structures and water storage tanks.

When considering various coating options, it is important to take into account several factors. Firstly, the specific atmospheric environment of the tank’s location plays a significant role in determining the most appropriate coating system. Additionally, industry standards recommend specific outside and inside coating systems, which should be carefully considered. Finally, estimating the practical maintenance time of each system is crucial in determining its long-term sustainability.

Price should not be the sole deciding factor when selecting coatings. Asset owners should prioritize the expected service life of each coating system and consider the associated costs. This approach ensures that the chosen coating system delivers long-term sustainability while minimizing disruptions to the community.

Prioritizing Long-Term Sustainability: The Value of Coatings with Extended Service Lives

When it comes to selecting protective coatings, we understand the importance of prioritizing long-term sustainability. According to the United Nations, sustainable options may have higher upfront costs but offer significant savings and benefits in the long run. That’s why coating systems with extended service lives are considered more sustainable.

By choosing coatings that last longer, we can reduce the frequency of repaints and associated costs. This not only ensures cost-effectiveness but also minimizes disruptions to the community and mitigates environmental impacts. Evaluating coatings based on their expected service lives, associated costs, and specific performance characteristics helps water and wastewater asset owners make informed decisions, delivering the most sustainable and long-lasting solutions.

Fortunately, there are resources available, such as the Water/Wastewater Asset Protection Guide, that provide valuable information to aid in decision-making. By utilizing these resources, decision-makers can select coatings that maximize value, minimize overall cost, and ensure the long-term durability of infrastructure assets in the water and wastewater industry. Emphasizing long-term sustainability through coatings with extended service lives is essential for fostering a greener, more resilient future.

George Cooper