10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Metal Fabrication Company

Posted by Steve Clymer

Topics: Custom Fabrication

If you are in the market for a metal fabrication company for you next big project you may be wondering how to narrow down the best company for the job. Here are some main factors to consider when you are choosing a metal fabricator to work for you that will help narrow the field to determine which company has what it takes to serve your needs.

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#1: Experience

Not only do you need to know how long the company has been in the metal fabrication business, but you also want to know what types of projects they have done in the past. Some metal fabricators specialize in specific types of building, or only work on projects of a certain size. Their experience with past projects similar to yours is highly important.

 

#2: Workforce

Another important factor for you to consider is the size of the workforce that the metal fabricator has on hand. If their workforce is too small they may not be able to complete your project in a timely manner. In addition, you need a workforce composed of many highly skilled individuals, so you want ensure that all of their team members are equally qualified to be working for you.

 

#3: Equipment

Metal fabricators who have invested heavily in themselves will have the most cutting edge technology available to them which will improve efficiency and quality throughout the fabrication process.

 

#4: Financial Stability

Ask them about their financial practices to help determine their level of stability. Make sure that they have a good relationship with their steel vendors for paying on time and that they are able to source materials quickly.  Companies that practice sound financial fundamentals will likely also have good practices established and followed throughout all areas of their company.

 

#5: Location

Find out where they are located and the areas they can service.  Check and see what other types of customers they have services in which areas.  While someone in your backyard might save money on shipping, you might find better value overall with a fabricator that has better facilities and experience with transporting projects across the country.

 

#6: Pricing

For any big project you will likely be receiving multiple quotes from fabricators in your area. Make sure that the pricing they offer is in line with others in the market and reflects the quality and skill they are bringing to the table.  Be sure that all areas of the project are outlined and represented in the estimate so you are certain there are no hidden costs that will pop up later.

 

#7: Finishing

The initial construction of your project is only one piece of the puzzle. You also need a metal fabricator who is able to blast, paint and finish your project the way you want. Don't get caught off guard with a fabricator who has to subcontract the finishing elsewhere.  A single company that can handle your project from start to finish will save time, money and ensure quality.

 

#8: Facilities

Depending on the physical size of your project, some fabrication shops may not be up for the challenge. You’ll want to evaluate the fabricators’ facilities to make sure they can handle your project.

 

#9: Dependability

It's never a bad idea to get references from other people in regards to a metal fabricator. Ask the company in question if they have any references you can check out.  Be sure to look online at the BBB and other sources to see what others have said.

 

#10: Quality Work

Find out what certifications they hold and measure they take as a company to ensure quality in every project they handle.  The metal fabricator you choose should be aware of quality standards and prepared to delivery quality work that will pass all levels of inspection.

 

These are the top ten areas you should explore while comparing metal fabricators for your next project. Choosing the wrong fabrication team for your project can set you back on your timeline and push you way over budget. Asking the right questions up front will help you narrow down your search and make the right choice. 

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Topics: Custom Fabrication