Coating Condition Assessments
Coatings/corrosion protection is the single largest cost item associated with the maintenance of steel, concrete and most other structures, and managing and planning repairs, renovations and other maintenance needs can be a daunting task. A thorough assessment of current coating conditions provides the necessary information to owners for determining the most cost-effective maintenance strategy. Utilizing decades of specialized expertise in coating materials, industry standards and assessment techniques, KTA performs coating condition assessments to develop recommendations on maintenance, repair or replacement of existing coating systems.
KTA consultants provide an assessment of a broad range of factors known to impact coating system longevity and performance, as well as maintenance strategies including visible coating deterioration and corrosion, coating thickness, coating adhesion, surface preparation, and toxic metal content. Failure patterns are also identified so that alternative remediation strategies like spot repair and zone painting can be considered along with total removal and replacement. Once desired maintenance options are identified and prior to preparing bid documents, KTA’s professional staff begins the process of preparing opinions of probable cost.
KTA gathers background information (i.e., construction and painting history) and reviews drawings in order to become familiar with site-specific conditions. Field assessments are made on accessible areas of representative structural components, and samples are removed from representative areas of the structure for laboratory evaluation. KTA’s state-of-the-art laboratory conducts analysis on the collected samples to determine the generic coating types, toxic metal content of the existing coating systems and level of soluble salt contamination (if applicable). The field and laboratory data are analyzed to determine alternative painting strategies, and a report is issued detailing the observations and findings.
KTA has demonstrated such services on the following representative projects: