Galvanized Steel Structural Pipe

Diagram of a pipe
     A = Nominal Pipe Size (ID)
     L = Length

One of Earth's most widely used materials, steel galvanized piping provides outstanding strength, toughness, and durability. Galvanized pipe schedule (40) is black coated or uncoated in various nominal sizes, including 7’ and 21’ lengths, providing a versatile, cost-effective solution for various projects.
Read more about galvanized coated and uncoated steel pipe below!

What is Galvanized Steel Pipe?

Galvanized steel pipe features a protective zinc coating that helps prevent corrosion, rust, and the buildup of mineral deposits, thereby extending the pipe’s lifespan. Galvanized zinc coatings provide extended protection, enabling volatile applications to withstand years of continual use. Galvanized steel pipes are commonly used in plumbing and other water-supply applications.

Differences Between Galvanized and Black Coated Steel Pipe

The main difference between galvanized steel and black coated steel pipe schedule is the zinc coating that lines the galvanized pipe. Galvanized steel’s zinc coating offers a sacrificial layer not exhibited by black coated steel. Thus, black coated steel is less expensive than galvanized steel and is generally used for transporting gas instead of water, limiting its exposure to corrosive elements.

Galvanized Steel Pipe Applications

While galvanized pipe is known for its use in construction, its rust-protective coating makes it a preferable metal option for precision automotive, plumbing, and structural applications, some of which include:
  • Construction and architecture
  • Water/sewer plumbing fixtures
  • Automotive assemblies
  • Trailer frames
  • Pipeline systems
  • Gas and fluid transfer lines
  • Industrial equipment manufacturing
  • Oil and gas processing

Galvanized Pipe Advantages

Coated galvanized steel pipe is dipped into a protective zinc coating to prevent corrosion in wet environments, delivering rust-free protection for up to 30 years.
  • Excellent strength
  • Durable surface coating
  • Lower-cost alternative to stainless steel

Galvanized Steel Pipe vs. Black Coated Steel Pipe

Black coated steel pipe features an all-over black finish. Due to its high heat resistance, the pipe schedule is commonly used in fire sprinkler systems. Black steel pipe is also popular for other water transfer applications, including potable water and gas lines.

What is the Lifespan of Galvanized Structural Piping?

No matter the circumstances or installation conditions of steel galvanized piping, the pipes will eventually deteriorate and fail; the question is how and when. The general life expectancy of steel galvanized pipe is between 80-100 years. Some of the factors that can decrease the lifespan of your galvanized pipe schedule (40) include:
  • Location
  • Increased usage
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Incorrect installation
  • Improper usage
  • Corrosion
  • Defects

The IMS Difference

Industrial Metal Supply is your trusted steel galvanized pipe distributor in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, or Northern Mexico. IMS metal benefits include:
  • Same day will call pickup
  • Next-day, local delivery
  • Volume discounts
  • On-site cutting services
  • No minimum purchase
  • Support of Just-in-Time manufacturing processes
  • Sales staff that act as an extension of your purchasing department (we will get any metal products you need)
  • Material management (stocking and delivery on a scheduled basis)
  • Credit lines with good terms
  • Knowledgeable staff that knows metal
  • Seven stores open six days a week (check each location for specific times)
  • We also stock aluminum pipestainless steel pipe, and brass tube/pipe

Next-Day Delivery on Galvanized, Black Coated & Uncoated Steel Pipe

Are you looking for next-day, local delivery? IMS delivers galvanized, black, and uncoated steel pipe schedules throughout Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Northern Mexico.

Galvanized Steel Pipe Secondary Services

When you order from Industrial Metal Supply (IMS), we can cut your metal to size and deliver it the next day. If you require more extensive services than just sawing or shearing, we also offer the following advanced metal-cutting options:  

Contact Industrial Metal Supply for Steel Pipe Available in Southern CA, AZ, NV & Northern Mexico

Industrial Metal Supply is your trusted supplier and distributor of premium steel structural metals, including metal channels, channel beams, steel beams, steel angles, tees, and more. We offer quick delivery throughout our locations in the Southwest region and Mexico. Contact us today to discuss steel building metals for your application.
Looking for specific metal information, industry guides, or metal maintenance tips? IMS’ blog series provides all the details you need to enhance your metal IQ. IM is your trusted galvanized steel piping supplier.
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