Transport and Storage

New galvanized products should be handled, transported and stored with the normal care given to any other surface finished building material. New galvanized steel surfaces which have not yet developed the patina of protective insoluble basic zinc carbonates, which normally contributes to the long life of aged coatings, are highly reactive and susceptible to premature corrosion under poor conditions of exposure.

Transport should be under dry, well ventilated conditions. When stored on site, material should be covered where possible and raised clear of the ground on dunnage or spacers. When shelter is not possible material should be stacked to allow drainage of rainwater. Storage in contact with cinders, clinkers, unseasoned timber, mud or clay will lead to surface staining and in severe cases, premature corrosion.

Clearance for ventilation between stacked galvanized products is necessary under damp or humid conditions to avoid the possibility of wet storage stain and the development of bulky white corrosion product. Attack on the galvanized coating producing white corrosion is caused by the retention of condensation or run-off water between the contacting surfaces under conditions of restricted air circulation. The attack is frequently superficial despite the relative bulkiness of the corrosion product but may be objectionable because of appearance. In severe cases corrosion product should be removed to allow the natural formation of protective basic zinc carbonate film.

Where galvanized products are likely to be stored or transported under poor conditions the galvanizer can, on request, apply a simple chromate treatment which will minimise wet storage stain. Under severe conditions chromating should not be relied on and new galvanized products should be packed carefully and protected for shipment and storage.

Continuously galvanized sheet steel products designed for outdoor exposure are normally given a carefully controlled chromate treatment during manufacture.  This treatment provides excellent resistance to wet storage staining and against early dulling during initial outdoor exposure. Care should nevertheless be taken to see that sheet and coil is kept dry while awaiting fabrication or erection.


Hot dip galvanized coatings can withstand chains used during transport.


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