Some might think that, if you build a structure of solid concrete, you’re set for life! No need to worry about rust or corrosion? That would be incorrect. When it comes to the twin menace of rusting and corrosion, even concrete structures require TLC (tender love and care). And the best way to deliver that care is by using proven concrete rust prevention solutions.
Read on to find out what makes concrete susceptible, and how concrete infrastructure owners can fight back.
Why Concrete Structures Rust and Corrode
Typically, when building engineers and construction crews build a concrete structure, they don’t just use cement and mortar to create the structure. They use concrete, mortar, cement and other compounds and pastes as binding agents. However, the underlying structure includes elements made from iron, steel and other metals and alloys.
The concrete mixture, once poured over these other elements is exposed to the environment (or cured). Through a process called hydration, the binding agents solidify and strengthen, encasing the reinforcing iron and steel features within in. And that’s what makes concrete structures so strong and durable.
Whether they are dams, bridges, roads, granaries, warehouses, residential homes or commercial buildings, concrete structures like these have significant elements made from iron and steel. And without the use of high-end concrete rust prevention solutions, rust and corrosion from those metals will compromise the entire concrete structures.
Risks of Rust and Corrosion to Concrete
Typically, rustable elements in concrete structures form the underlying core of the structure. And because these features aren’t always glaringly visible, they remain unnoticed for prolonged periods. When left unattended and un-maintained, water, moisture and oxygen (air) come into play to plant the seeds of rusting and corrosion.
The Portland Cement Association, an organization committed to providing advice and research to the cement industry in America, warns about the risks posed by rust and corrosion, to concrete structures, in these words:
“Corrosion of reinforcing steel and other embedded metals is the leading cause of deterioration in concrete.”
Remember, the reason that building engineers deploy iron, steel and other alloys in concrete structures is to reinforce and strengthen the structure. Once iron and steel elements in concrete structures corrode or rust, it compromises the integrity of the entire structure:
- Bridges become unsafe to travel over
- Roadways and highways become safety hazards
- Homes and buildings may come crumbling down
- Dams and spillways risk bursting and causing massive floods
- Granaries and silos no longer keep produce dry and safe from rot and mildew
With the previously mentioned TLC, rusted and corroded concrete structures may result in millions of dollars of losses, including to life and property located up/downstream from those structures.
The Concrete TLC Solution
So, what’s the best way to provide that TLC to your concrete structures? RustBullet’s LLC DuraGrade Concrete rust prevention solutions are a highly-effective defense, against the twin menace, for all concrete structures, regardless of the binding materials used for the exterior. DuraGrade Concrete is a single-product rust prevention solution, which means there’s no need for advance prep of the surface. You won’t spend hours – and hundreds of dollars – applying primers and top coating first.
So, if you own concrete buildings and infrastructure, be proactive and give them the DuraGuard TLC treatment before rust and corrosion takes hold. You’ll save yourself a tone of time and money by being proactive.