If you are replacing exterior components of your chimney system (especially in close proximity to the ocean) one of the best materials to use is zinc-coated steel. Using a zinc coated product for chimneys has several great advantages:
- Protection from rust and corrosion – Unprotected steel can corrode easily, particularly when exposed to temperature fluctuations and moisture. Untreated steel may become damaged and unserviceable within just 2 years. With a zinc coating, however, a protective barrier is made between the atmosphere and the steel material. This layer helps protect the structural properties of the steel base material, and ensure that it remains protected from corrosion and rust.
- Longer lifespan – Zinc-plated steel can easily last 30 years or longer without any major deterioration or significant corrosion, and remain functional for many more years. This longer lifespan makes zinc coatings a great investment, which will pay off in the long run.
- Lower maintenance costs – Even when exposed to unfavorable conditions such as salt water, zinc-coated steel is able to stay in good condition, requiring very little maintenance. While regular cleanings are still recommended for your chimney, the overall cost of maintenance will be lower, providing you with even more savings.
- Scratch and damage resistance – Even high-quality steel can be structurally compromised if a deep scratch or gouge exposes the underlying material. Zinc helps prevent this by forming a strong bond, which galvanically protects the underlying steel and helps prevent corrosion.
Interested in using a zinc coating? Contact Chimney Champions and see if you can benefit from zinc-coated exterior components.