Depending on the product mix, square feet per ton, and condition of the steel surface, galvanizing is often less expensive on an initial cost basis. However, as with any purchase, the lifetime costs should be considered when making a project decision on the corrosion prevention system to utilize. And, with galvanizing, the life-cycle cost, i.e. the cost per year to maintain, is almost always less than a paint system. Paint systems require maintenance, partial repainting, and full repainting several times over a 30-year project life. The costs can be staggering, making the decision to paint a costly one in the long run.