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Corrosion Zones for Abey Masonry Tie Selection

Any construction within a coastal area should incorporate corrosion resistant stainless-steel ties for maximum effectiveness. Just as incorrect brick specifications can lead to salt damage in coastal areas, ordinary galvanised mild steel brick ties can result in hidden damage in brick walls.

For over 65 years, Abey has been designing Brick Ties to conform to Australian conditions and strict standards. In fact, Abey were the first to produce a range of products in stainless steel. Our Abey Ties are Australian Made, they are lighter, stronger, better lasting and competitively priced stainless steel product that meets the current building standards. We test our ties to ensure they comply with Australian Standards AS2699 & AS3700.

Abey’s steel ties cover durability exposure classifications R2, R3 and R4. Grade 304L stainless steel ties cover R3. 316L ties cover R4. Other corrosive environments, such as alpine or heavy industrial areas, should also be considered as R4 environments. Abey recommends SS31L Marine Grade Ties in high corrosion zone areas.

To assist you with working out which Masonry Tie to use, Abey has developed the Durability Exposure Map . This map represents an indication of corrosion zones within a costal environment. As a general rule, the closer to the coast that a dwelling is located, the more corrosive the environment and the greater level of corrosive resistance masonry ties need to provide.

If you have any questions as to which tie to use, please contact our Customer Service centre so we can take you through your requirements.