Big R’s Prefabricated Bridges are available in custom-painted or naturally-weathering finishes. Weathering steel contains elements that allow it to form a protective coating or patina when properly exposed to the atmosphere.
Many bridge engineers choose weathering steel for its environmental performance and economical benefits.
Benefits of weathering steel
- Reduced toxic emissions: No oil-based coating is used, which reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds.
- No contaminated blast debris in habitats: Because the steel is not painted, no periodic maintenance blasting is required.
- Cost savings of 10 percent or more initially and even more over the life of the structure: No painting and steel’s durability mean reduced costs.
- Long life and high performance: Weathering Steel has been used on bridges for many decades and performs well in most environments.