galvanised steel security

Everyday, we task a huge variety of metals with a myriad of tasks, such as supporting our buildings, carrying our electricity, cooking our food...the list is practically endless. Certain metals suit certain tasks better than others, and in the realm of guarding and protecting our property and possessions, galvanised steel reigns supreme as the metal of choice for security purposes.

Just in case you're a little unsure what galvanised steel actually is, it's steel that's been strengthened by the chemical process of galvanization (which you probably guessed). This process involves passing the steel through a bath of molten zinc, one that is typically kept to a temperature of 860° Fahrenheit. After this, the steel gets coated with a more rust resistant material, again usually zinc, and is exposed to the atmosphere so that the oxygen reacts with the metal.

Named after its inventor, the Italian physicist Luigi Galvani (though originally, 'galvanism' referred to the administration of electric shocks to muscles...), galvanisation ensures that a mild steel tube or piece of wire can resist oxidation and corrosion, making it perfect for outdoor use. It's also strong, available in a huge variety of thicknesses and forms - such as sheets, tubes or rolls - and can stay strong when exposed to moisture and adverse weather conditions.

Galvanised Mild Steel Tube
 image of 2"x 2" Weld Mesh
Galvanised Steel Weld Mesh 2"x2"
Galvanising 400ml Spray

By now it should seem fairly obvious why such a metal would qualify for any job in security, but to really see it's benefits we need to look at the various ways in which it's used:

Shutter Doors - The standard way to provide a high level of security to the opening of any premise, business or otherwise, galvanised steel shutters add an extra barrier between the front door and the world outside. Their weatherproof make-up means they are a worthy long-time investment, and they can also be fitted with an electric motor for ease of use. Even if you're Walter White with a big bag of thermite, it's always going to be a challenge to break through one of these.

Steel Fencing - Galvanised steel wire is of the more remarkable outcomes of the the zinc coating process. Because of its strength, you can use it to create an effective security perimeter around your home or property to deter thieves and wild animals - both of whome would really struggle to cut through it. The best way to put it to use is to place the wires atop a fence, deterring unwanted visitors from climbing in.

Anti-Burglary Window Screens - Galvanised steel weld mesh is one of the most versatile and high strength engineering tools available, and can be used to create a wide variety of safety guards and screens in home and business security. Virtually unbreakable and very easy to fabricate as required, its uses include fencing, protective cages, machine guards and an effective form of anti-burglary screens on windows. Fitted with the same corrosion protection, these window guards can still be made to fit with the surrounding architecture, and are commonly used by many industries including agriculture and horticulture.

Field and Garden Gates - The standard security choice for farmers and landowners around the world, especially in some of the more rural areas of the country where the elements can be quite harsh. The malleability of galvanised steel allows these gates to be shaped in box end of slotted end styles, both of which can often be seen in bridal/footpath access points, with hollow sections for improved strength.

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