With the rising costs associated with other coating systems and maintenance expenses, more specifiers consider life-cycle costs when selecting their building materials. Life-cycle cost analysis offers more comprehensive cost consideration since it takes into account both initial costs and ongoing maintenance expenses for a project’s lifetime. Given that hot-dip, galvanised steel requires no upkeep for 70+ years in most environments, Life cycle costs often equates directly with initial costs; making hot-dip galvanised steel an economical and environmentally sustainable choice.
Therefore, when specifying materials for any project, specifiers must consider more than just the initial cost when choosing protection systems. Accounting for long-term costs like service life extension, expected first maintenance cycle time, and economic impacts related to initial and continued upkeep will provide more accurate predictions of its effect on future generations.