Structural Steel Painting

Toronto Structural
Steel Painters

B.E.S.T. Painting Ltd. focuses a great deal of manpower to address corrosion and other defects on Structural Steel. This includes structural I-Beams, Pipe Bridges, OWSJ (Open Web Steel Joists, HSS (Hollow Structural Steel), Columns and more.

Often, steel manufacturers have requirements from their clients to touch-up already erected steel prior to project completion. Due to our flexibility and long track record, we are trusted by many of Canada’s top steel manufacturers to address their Structural Steel coating requirements.

Painting Structural Steel is important for several reasons, as it helps protect the material and extend its lifespan while also enhancing its aesthetic appeal. Here are some key reasons why painting structural steel is important:

1. Corrosion Protection: One of the primary reasons for painting structural steel is to protect it from corrosion. Steel is susceptible to rust and deterioration when exposed to moisture, oxygen, and other corrosive elements. A high-quality paint or coating forms a barrier that prevents these elements from coming into direct contact with the steel, reducing the risk of corrosion.

2. Extended Lifespan: By preventing corrosion, painting can significantly extend the lifespan of structural steel.

Unpainted steel is more likely to degrade over time, leading to structural weakness and potential safety hazards.

Regular maintenance and repainting can further extend the life of the structure.

3. Aesthetic Appeal: Painting structural steel can also improve its appearance. This is particularly important in applications where the steel is visible, such as in architectural structures, bridges, or industrial facilities.

A well-maintained and  aesthetically pleasing steel structure can enhance the overall visual appeal of a project.

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4. Maintenance Simplification: Painted steel is easier to clean and maintain compared to untreated steel.

Dirt and contaminants are less likely to adhere to a painted surface, making routine maintenance more manageable.

Corrosion Protection

5. Environmental Protection: Painting steel structures can also help protect the environment by containing potential pollutants like lead or other heavy metals found in old paint or coatings.

Proper disposal and treatment of old paint can help prevent environmental contamination.

6. Safety: Painted steel structures are often more visible and, therefore, safer for people working around or using them.

Properly painted structural steel can help with marking boundaries and highlighting safety features.

7. Compatibility with Specific Environments: Different environments may require specific types of coatings to address their unique challenges. For instance, structures in coastal areas may need coatings that are more resistant to saltwater, while those in industrial settings may require coatings that withstand chemical exposure.

Properly selected and applied coatings can help tailor the protection to the specific environment.

8. Regulatory Compliance: Many building codes and regulations require that structural steel be protected with a suitable coating to ensure safety and longevity.

Complying with these regulations is essential, and painting is a common method to meet these requirements.

9. Preventing Fire Spread: In some cases, fire-resistant coatings are used on structural steel to slow down the spread of fires, enhancing safety in buildings and industrial facilities.