Combatting Corrosion: A multi-billion dollar problem

Protecting Your Assets: The Hidden Risks of Corrosion in Industrial and Commercial Areas

As industrial and commercial sectors continue to thrive, the importance of safeguarding valuable assets becomes increasingly paramount. One of the most insidious threats faced by metal infrastructure is corrosion. The gradual decay caused by corrosion not only poses significant financial burdens for various industries but can also lead to devastating accidents. In this article, we will explore the risks associated with corrosion, examine the substantial costs incurred by different sectors, and explore trusted solutions to prevent corrosion and protect your investments.

The Silent Threat of Corrosion

Corrosion, often referred to as the “silent destroyer,” is a natural process that occurs when metal reacts with its environment. Factors such as moisture, humidity, temperature fluctuations, chemicals, and pollutants accelerate the corrosion process. Over time, this degradation weakens metal structures, compromising their integrity and stability.

The Costly Consequences

The U.S. Navy

The United States Navy spends a staggering $6 billion annually to combat corrosion on their ships and submarines alone. This immense expenditure highlights the magnitude of the problem and the critical need for effective preventive measures.

PACIFIC OCEAN, (Aug. 14, 2007) - USS Antietam (CG 54) (right), USS Preble (DDG 88) (center) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77), transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) concluding Valiant Shield 2007. The PHOTOEX featured 15 ships and 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps including a B-52 bomber. The John C. Stennis, Kitty Hawk and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups were participating in Valiant Shield 2007, the largest joint exercise in recent history.  Held in the Guam operating area, the exercise includes 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell (RELEASED)

Oil and Gas Industry

Corrosion poses significant risks to the infrastructure of oil and gas installations. From pipelines to storage tanks, any compromise in integrity due to corrosion can lead to leaks, spills, and even catastrophic accidents. The financial toll of such incidents is staggering, not to mention the environmental impact they cause.

Aerial view oil terminal is industrial facility for storage tank of oil and petrochemical industry products ready for transport to further storage facilities.

Transportation Sector

Corrosion affects bridges, railways, and highways, which are the lifelines of transportation networks. Rust and deterioration weaken these structures, compromising safety and leading to costly repairs and closures. The financial burden on governments and taxpayers is substantial.


Protect Your Investments with Anti-Corrosion Coatings

There are two main types of anti-corrosion coatings; sacrificial coatings and barrier coatings. Sacrificial coatings sacrificially corrode to protect the underlying substrate from corrosion, while barrier coatings create a physical barrier that prevents corrosive substances from reaching the substrate. For best results, both are applied in series.


Sacrificial coatings

There are several types of sacrificial coatings but some of the most well known are zinc, magnesium, and aluminum coatings.

Zinc Coatings: Zinc is one of the most widely used sacrificial coatings and tend to be used in outdoor structures and steel bridges. Zinc tends to be a cost-effective solution for large-scale applications.

Magnesium Coatings: Magnesium is lightweight and provides a higher energy density than zinc. It is most commonly used for underground pipelines and buried structures. This coating tends to be suitable for small or intricate structures due to its flexibility and conformability, but requires proper design and installation to ensure optimal performance.

Aluminum Coatings: Aluminum coatings are lightweight and provide an effective barrier against salt, moisture, gases, and UV radiation. Aluminum is used in marine structures and offshore platforms where there is high salt content. Aluminum coatings also form in plates, which prevents corrosive substances from reaching the underlying substrate.

Barrier coatings

Like sacrificial coatings, there are many types of barrier coatings. These coating’s will be placed overtop of the sacrificial coatings to prevent new sources of corrosion from damaging the substrate.

Epoxy Coatings: Epoxy coatings offer excellent barrier protection. They create a durable, chemically resistant layer that shields the substrate from moisture, chemicals, and other corrosive agents.

Polyurethane Coatings: Polyurethane coatings are known for their toughness and resistance to abrasion. They provide a strong barrier against moisture and UV radiation, offering long-term protection.

Polymeric Coatings: These coatings are formulated with polymers that provide barrier protection against corrosion. They can be customized to offer specific properties like flexibility, chemical resistance, or high-temperature resistance.

A Trusted Partner in Preventing Corrosion

Prevention is always better than cure, especially when it comes to corrosion. This is where painting contractors such as Indu-Kote Systems comes to your rescue. With years of expertise and a strong reputation, Indu-Kote specializes in providing superior corrosion prevention services that save you from the immense costs associated with metal degradation.

Advanced Coating Solutions:

Indu-Kote employs cutting-edge corrosion protective coatings that act as a barrier against harmful environmental elements. These coatings are specifically designed to adhere to metal surfaces, providing an extra layer of protection that significantly prolongs the lifespan of your assets.

Customized Approach:

Recognizing that every industry has unique requirements, Indu-Kote offers tailored solutions to address your specific corrosion challenges. Our team of experts will conduct a thorough assessment, recommend the most suitable coating systems, and provide ongoing maintenance to ensure optimal protection.

Proven Track Record:

Indu-Kote has a proven track record of successfully serving industries ranging from manufacturing and construction to energy and transportation. Their dedication to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction has earned them the trust of numerous clients who continue to rely on their services.


Corrosion poses a substantial threat to the longevity, safety, and financial stability of industrial and commercial infrastructure. By taking proactive measures and partnering with Indu-Kote Systems, you can protect your valuable assets and avoid the exorbitant costs associated with corrosion-related incidents. Don’t wait for corrosion to take hold—act now and secure the future of your investments.

To learn more about Indu-Kote’s corrosion prevention services and how we can safeguard your assets. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward ensuring a corrosion-free future. Invest in protection and secure your assets with Indu-Kote.