Mild steel fences can be found across various suburbs in Melbourne. However, before understanding the applications of mild steel, including mild steel fencing, and the properties of mild steel fences, we should know what mild steel is.
Mild steel is made from iron and carbon. The ‘mildness’ is determined by the carbon content. Low carbon steel has 0.04–0.3% carbon content. Mild steel has a 0.16–0.29% carbon content and is also considered low-carbon steel. It has a relatively high melting point: between 1450°C to 1520°C. Having a higher melting point is beneficial because that makes mild steel more malleable when heated. That is suitable when the material is prepared for whatever purposes needed by cutting, drilling or welding.
Applications of mild steel
Mild steel is used for fencing and gate purposes. Mild steel is hard to break and additional protective layers, such as paint and galvanizing, provide extra protection.
Additionally, this material is used in construction for various steel frames, machinery parts; pipelines; and structural steel.
Yes, as mild steel can be galvanized, fencing made of mild steel can also be galvanized. This additional zinc layer provides an additional protection from corrosion, extending the lifespan of your steel fence.
Is galvanizing needed for mild steel fences? As mild steel does not have a high resistance to corrosion in an untreated form, fences are usually galvanized to provide that protective layer.
Galvanized mild steel fences can also be recycled if needed.
Furthermore, if you have fencing that is not galvanized, you can use suitable primers, metal paint or metal spray paint to enhance the protection from rust and corrosion.
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