Reasons to Choose a Steel Power Pole
Power poles come in various heights, strengths, and materials with one of the leading contenders in this space being the steel power pole.
Power poles first made their way onto the scene back in the 19th century after the invention of the telegraph. Samuel Morse later expanded telegraph systems across America, which increased the demand for power poles, all of which were made of wood at the time.
The steel power pole was the next type of utility pole to be erected across the world, with Australia gaining particular attention for our patented Stobie pole, a utility pole consisting of two vertical steel posts with a concrete slab between them.
The switch from wood to steel
As strong and readily available as wood is for power poles, there are some drawbacks which caused utility companies to seek alternatives like the steel power pole:
- Wood is prone to infestation and decay
- The material is less appropriate in coastal regions where there is a lot of moisture in the air and ground
- Fire resistance is limited
Advantages of the steel power pole
The steel power pole is the answer to many of the issues the wood power pole faces.
1. Improved reliability and consistency
Proponents of wood poles use the materials’ lifespan (15-20 years on average in comparison to 10-15 years for a steel power pole) as a way to justify its use. But the problem with wood is that you can never be entirely sure of the material’s consistency and reliability.
The quality of wood varies from tree to tree, meaning that when it is used in construction, the product will also vary in quality. Steel, on the other hand, is a manufactured product which must meet stringent specifications. This means a better quality and more trustworthy pole. A steel power pole is also not susceptible to rot, infestation, or fire.
2. Better for the environment
Another important consideration is the impact utility poles have on the earth. As it turns out, a steel power pole may be better for the environment overall than its wooden counterpart, particularly when it comes to CCA-treated wooden poles.
- Less disturbance to our forests’ terrestrial biome
- Less disruption to forest inhabitants
- Reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions
- Lower risk of untreated waste
- When the life of a steel power pole comes to a close, this non-toxic material can be easily recycled into brand new steel products.
3. Easier to install and maintain
There is no question that a steel power pole weighs less than a heavy wooden pole, making it easier to transport and install. Because it is a manufactured product, the steel pole can arrive pre-drilled to meet company or municipal standards, which again significantly shortens the installation time of the pole.
4. A more attractive alternative
Appearances are subjective, but many prefer the look of a steel power pole to a wooden utility pole. Not only can steel be coloured to suit the colour scheme and architecture of a property, but cables can be run inside of the pole as opposed to along the outside, unlike other types of power poles available today.
Not sure which power pole is right for your project?
The steel power pole is an attractive choice for many reasons, but it may not be the best type of electricity power pole depending on a variety of factors.
To learn more about your options, we welcome you to arrange for a Sydney power pole consultation with one of our accomplished electricians here at Everest Electrical. Serving the Sydney area for over 15 years, we understand the unique issues and conditions local communities face and will provide you with a thorough assessment to help you determine which power pole is right for your project.
We invite you to call our Everest Electrical team today on 0410 229 139.