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Powder Coated vs. Galvanized Steel Portable Shelters

Portable ShelterThere are two different types of frames that portable shelters are usually made from. They normally have a frame made from powder coated steel or galvanized steel. Both types of frames have their advantages and the kind that should be used depends on what they will be used for.

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Powder Coated Steel

Powder coated steel is created by baking powder onto steel. It is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat to form a "skin" over the steel. This process is used on household appliances, automobile parts, and frames for portable shelters. One of the biggest advantages to powder coated frames is their price. They are much less expensive than frames that are made from galvanized steel. Other advantages include:

  • Produce thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings
  • Coating does not run or sag
  • Can be recycled
  • Original steel generally has fewer appearance differences after being powder coated
  • Prevents chipping, peeling, rust, and corrosion

Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel is steel that has gone through a chemical process that will keep it from corroding. Layers of zinc oxide are coated onto the steel to create a protective surface. Steel that is galvanized is stronger, more durable, and will not rust. The biggest advantage to a portable shelter that uses a galvanized steel frame is durability. Once the steel is galvanized its life will be extended substantially. Other advantages include;

  • Will not rust or corrode
  • Increased strength
  • Labor costs are less than alternatives
  • Creates a barrier around the steel to protect the original product
  • Will not scratch
  • Waterproof
  • Resistant to ultraviolet rays

 

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