“Hot-dip galvanizing added value and a competitive edge to the project due to its sleek appearance and durability. It also enhanced/impacted the effectiveness of our product by adding to the longevity of our lifts.” –Floatair Boatlifts
Floatair Boatlifts is the fastest growing boatlift operation in America, offering 40 models of all hand-constructed, American-manufactured parts. The company takes boatlifts to the next level, offering unique special features exclusive to Floatair engineering. To ensure the longevity and quality Floatair Boatlifts promises customers, they hot-dip galvanize every carbon steel component. This includes the frame, arms, slide tubes, cradles, T-Bars, guides, dock brackets, and riser plates.
Floatair Boatlifts are in freshwater lakes and rivers. There are many factors that lead to the corrosion of carbon steel in water. To ensure their lifts are durable enough to endure heavy waves/wakes, unpredictable weather and typical corrosion caused by fresh water, the company knew they needed to protect the steel. Galvanizing was preferred to other options for numerous reasons. It is a protective option that will not contaminate the fresh water in which it resides. It allows the company to offer a steel lift solution rather than aluminum, which is not as strong of a metal. Without galvanizing, the carbon steel parts used to assemble the lifts would corrode within five years. Hot-dip galvanizing provides considerable protection to the carbon steel immersed in fresh water. The corrosion rate is also decreased significantly, which allows the lifts to last 30-40 years rather than just a few years. The galvanized products save the customer from the costly process of replacing or rebuilding their lift very frequently.
Appearance is not an afterthought at Floatair Boatlifts. The carbon steel, before it is galvanized, it a dark, drab, matte gray. After galvanizing, the steel is much more appealing to the eye. The bright, unblemished silver adds to the overall beauty and appeal of the lifts. The galvanized finish coupled with the black tanks look immaculate and superior to other lifts. This sleek look undoubtedly improves the allurement of our lifts. Floatair Boatlifts strives to create durable lifts that are also desirable to their customers.
Sustainability is another important consideration, especially when it comes to our nation’s bodies of freshwater. Galvanizing benefits future generations by not contaminating the fresh water the lifts are placed in. The lifespan of the galvanized lifts are also much longer, meaning customers can use the same lift for decades.