Hot Dip Galvanized Steel Vs. Aluminum

Published On : 2017-02-22

Looking for the smartest option for your rooftop products? We can help you right here. Read on to learn the benefits of using aluminum versus hot dip galvanized steel for equipment on your roof.

Why does Skyline Group make aluminum ladders and guardrail? It is often thought that aluminum is more expensive to use than galvanized steel. In most cases that is incorrect, and aluminum construction provides quick turnaround time, is easier to install, and lasts longer - benefitting the end user!

Lead Time

Unlike custom steel products, KATT ladders and Sentry Guardrail are produced in volume and kept in stock. After shop drawings are approved, a basic ladder system can typically ship the next day. A custom steel item can take several days in fabrication and up to 1 week for galvanizing. If you are in a hurry, Skyline Group is ready to move when you are!

Hot Dip Galvanized Steel Vs. Aluminum

Ease Of Install

Skyline Group aluminum ladders and guardrails come in easy-to-install sections that can be simply moved by hand to their install location, through building elevators or other points of access. Comparable steel products typically have to be lifted into place due to their weight. This incurs extra costs ie. crane hires, permits and traffic disturbances. Steel products installed in sections usually have to be welded together in place, requiring on-site galvanizing, touch ups and resprays. Including the cost of hiring a skilled, CWB certified welder to do the work.


Although it is not commonly known, aluminum does not rust. Galvanized ladders and guardrails have often been used to protect against corrosion but can begin to fail with time. Aluminum is the wisest choice for life-long protection against the weather, and keep in mind that the KATT ladder system has an available 10 year warranty!


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