The Safal Group is committed to ongoing testing to prove the quality of the material it makes under its brand names. Safal Steel and Mabati Rolling Mills have initiated various real-life test sites for their material in South Africa and Kenya respectively.
Real-life exposure sites are the best way to verify the performance of products in a specific enviroment by exposing them to the elements in an environment that most closely approximates to the environment experienced by material installed on an actual building.
Safal Steel recently took it further, to track actual COLORPLUS installations in especially highly corrosive applications, the intention being to use these sites as “reference sites” for ongoing proof of performance.
Sever Marine Conditions: V&A Waterfront Helipad
Colorplus performance under Severe Marine conditions is being tracked at a Helipad site on the V&A waterfront in Cape Town, only 40m from the Ocean, but partly shielded by a wall, which could equally have deflected additional seaspray onto the Helipad building, or may protect it. The roof also had additional exposure to fumes from Helicopter fuel.
The material is a Colorplus AZ200 material, using a modified polyester colour coating system.The paint surface, both top and bottom, shows no sign of chalking or peeling after 2,5 years, even though the unpainted galvanized purlins underneath are showing signs of premature corrosion.
Sever Industrial Conditions: Milnerton - Takealot Warehouse
Colorplus performance under Severe Industrial conditions is being tracked at a Takealot warehouse located only 800m from an oil refinery, and 200m from a chemical storage plant.
The material is a Colorplus AZ100 material, using a modified polyester colour coating system.The vulnerable outer paint surface shows no signs of chalking or peeling after 4,5 years of exposure to both oil refinery and chemical plant fall out