Do LST radiators rust?

  • 18 Jun 2019

When buying an LST radiator, you will likely be wondering whether it will rust. Contour discusses what it is doing to prevent its LST radiators from rusting.

Rust is formed when iron, or a metallic alloy containing iron, such as steel, is exposed to both oxygen and moisture for a long period of time. The iron in the metal reacts with the oxygen which forms an oxide compound at an atomic level, impacting on the structural integrity of the metal itself.

The primary catalyst for the development and spread of rust is water. In bathrooms, toilets and shower facilities, there is an inevitable presence of moisture and water, which creates the concern for rust in metallic objects such as radiator covers.

Standard LST radiators are manufactured from 1.5mm Zintec steel. This metal has properties within it that protect it from rust and corrosion. If there is damage to the powder coating which has exposed the metal underneath it, and there is prolonged exposure, rust can occur.

In wet environments or where the LST radiator is over 1 metre in width, Contour recommends LST radiators that are made from magnelis. This is a form of steel which has undergone an additional treatment stage, similar to hot-dipped galvanising. This process makes the material stronger and more resistant to rust and corrosion, ensuring best possible structural integrity for the nature of the product.

Magnelis is suitable for both standard environments and in spaces where anti-ligature solutions are required which makes it suitable for bathrooms in the mental health sector or other places where personal safety is a primary concern.

Alternatively, LST radiators can come made from aluminium. These LST radiators are best suited to standard environments where anti-ligature requirements aren’t necessary.

Contour can be contacted at;
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43 Broadway
Shifnal
TF11 8BB
Tel: 01952 290 498
Email: [email protected]

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