Colorgalv®. There is NO equal.
And this proves it!
The picture on the top was taken in December of 2003, almost 10 years after the fencing was installed. It still looks great!
The picture on the bottom, also taken in December of 2003, has only been installed since 1999, and it has failed completely.
The only similarities between these two installations is the location. They are adjacent to each other on the Connecticut River.
Why would one fail and the other look as good as new 10 years later? The answer is simple: The installation on the top was Colorgalv® by Duncan. The one on the bottom was an “or equal”. Even though Colorgalv® was specified for the fencing on the bottom, the contractor submitted an “or equal”.
Why accept a substitution?
Is it cheaper? No. Is it better? No. Will it last longer? No.
The initial cost of Colorgalv® is virtually equal to painting over galvanizing, so there really is no appreciable “first cost” savings by going with an “or equal”. And when you look at life cycle costing, well, the savings are astronomical.
Colorgalv® is a complete process. All work is done in one factory controlled environment. Nothing is left to chance and all the variables that could possibly lead to a failure have been eliminated. So, Colorgalv® is truly a better process than an “or equal”.
And, since Colorgalv® is warranteed for 20 years, you will have the peace of mind knowing that a company in business since 1890 will be standing behind the work to ensure the longevity of the installation.