Structural steel is mainly used to develop various construction projects: industrial buildings, bridges, sports facilities, etc. Structural steel has particular characteristics (regarding its shape, chemical composition, and resistance) adapted for this type of project. It is important to note that different international standards regulate the manufacturing and storage parameters of structural steel in most industrialized countries.
Like other types of steel, its main components are iron and carbon (the more carbon the alloy has, the greater its strength). Among the main characteristics of structural steel are high strength, elasticity, compatibility with welding processes, and corrosion resistance.
Points to consider when choosing a provider
Points to consider when choosing a supplier for structural steel fabrication to include the following:
It is essential that, when choosing a supplier for structural steel fabrication, we select a company with experience in that area. The experience will be vital since it will give us a higher level of security (due to the different norms and standards that must be met) and show us that the supplier is qualified to carry out this task. It is recommended that the supplier has previously worked on projects of a similar scale to our current project.
It is recommended that the company has a team of highly qualified professionals with experience in the area and extensive knowledge of quality norms and standards. Another factor to consider is whether the company is using updated technology or procedures, as this will reflect its current level of competitiveness and relevance in the market.
It is essential to look for positive references for a supplier since we can have a clearer idea of their quality of work and the level of service. It is important to note that if these references are in our area, they will be more helpful or have a more excellent value. For example, a connection from a supplier in another country will have a lower value than a reference from a local supplier since the latter will be better adapted to our environment. Another point to note is that we must always verify the integrity of said references.
Price vs. Quality
Prices are essential in this type of project; however, it is necessary to remember that cheap is sometimes not the best, especially if you want a high level of quality in the final result. It will be advisable to pay a higher price for a better material or service in some cases. It is advisable to have several proposals in this regard and not focus only on low prices but also on other aspects, such as transportation, payment facilities, installation, after-sales support, supplier experience, and other alternatives that can influence the final result.
Customer service and support
The provider must have good support and customer service; this is essential, especially when building medium or long-term relationships. Different indicators can give us an “idea” of the provider’s quality level in this area, for example, if the company provides support in our language, its online presence, etc. You can also ask different questions through the traditional or digital channels of the company and measure the time (or quality) of the responses received. Another point to consider is to analyze what percentage of this communication is personalized (natural person) or automated (bot, recording, or artificial intelligence program). A touch made with an honest person will be more relevant than a communication made by an automated program.
What do you think about this topic? What else do you think should be considered when choosing a structural steel fabrication service provider?
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