The steel fabrication industry can be a mind-field if you don’t know what to look out for.
There are so many different certifications to look out for. Sometimes it can feel quite overwhelming when trying to decide the best company to go with. We have put together a quick guide to help you choose the highest quality steel fabrication company. That will give you the vest value for money as well as the best final result.
All steel fabrication work should be CE certified
CE means Conformité Européene (European Conformity). It is a mark to acknowledge that the company has met all the pre-requisites for working in the EU. Abiding by their standards, safety and quality requirements. It is mandatory for all structural steelwork, so this is a very important thing to keep an eye out for.
Timmins were actually one of the first companies in the UK to become CE accredited for structural steelwork. Our quality is guaranteed by the very highest standards.
Check the full range of services offered
Many steel fabricators do just that, but they do not provide an initial design service, installation, or even after-sales care. When external suppliers are hired for manufacturing, fabrication and installation, many problems can arise. Which can not only be costly, but a logistical nightmare when trying to coordinate everything!
By hiring a company that is able to provide a full turnkey service from start to finish, you will not fall into expensive issues further down the line. One of the main benefits of this is that your project will be directed by a single supervisor too. So you will always have a main point of contact during fabrication.
Steel fabrication is an exact science
Precision is key when it comes to steel fabrication, there is simply no room for error. No matter how large or small your structure – if there is a millimetre of error, the entire building could be compromised. You should choose a fabrication company that uses only the highest quality steel.
As part of the steel fabrication process, you should also request to see some of the plasma profiling that the company has carried out. If they use precision hole technology, this ensures seamless integration when erecting steel frame buildings.
It is all very well having a beautifully constructed steel building, but it has to withstand the test of time. Within all steel fabrication, check for corrosion protection being added to the steel. Paint coatings are more traditional methods, but are not as reliable as modern hot dipped galvanising treatments.
Choose a fabricator who uses the latest corrosion protection techniques, will leave you with a durable new steel building. The maintenance and repair costs will also be lower.
We hope you have found this guide useful. Please contact us if you would like any further advice on choosing a steel fabrication company.