Chart: Key Attributes of Roll Formed Steel & Other Materials

 

Think steel’s the only metal you can roll form? That’s a myth. While roll formed steel is the most common product in the industry, any ductile metal is fair game.

This includes:

  • Aluminum
  • Coated carbon steels
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Brass
  • Pre-painted coil steels
  • Perforated metals

Since a great[...]

Think Roll Forming Tooling Is Super Expensive? Not Exactly True

Some people think roll forming tooling is cost-prohibitive. Sadly, the up-front price tag blinds them to literal down-the-line savings. That’s right -- is your project fits, a roll former can actually optimize your spending and get your parts out the door sooner and for less money per part.

On Roll Forming Companies and the Transparency of Raw Material Cost

OEM projects can be hectic. The nuances of why raw materials cost a specific amount are probably not something you think of often. Your main concerns are likely lead time, reliability, quality, satisfying your customer, and controlling overall costs. But when it comes to that last one … wouldn’t[...]

Which Profiles & Materials Make the Best Picture Rails?

Picture rails aren’t necessarily a new thing. But only more recently have creative types started doing them the modern way -- with metal.

Metal Trim for Wood Adds Beauty to the Brawn

Wood brings earthy, comforting tones to a building. Metal offers protection and strength to architecture -- plus its own aesthetic bonuses. So why not have both?

U.S. Metal Manufacturers Waiting for Elusive Section 232 Investigation Results

Time is running out for President Donald Trump’s administration to make the “major move” he’s publicized since April 2017 -- action on the dragged-out Section 232 investigation. Meanwhile, U.S. manufacturers continue to listen for signs of a change in how the nation deals with the importing of[...]

Time’s Up: Should You Buy and Install Decorative Metal Trim? Or Wood?

Metal or wood? It’s a question too few designers ask. When researching decorative trim, getting the best look possible is probably first on your priority list. Installation time and cost may also be weighing on your mind.

Try The Next Level of Economical Outdoor Metal Corrosion Protection

 

So, you want to make something out of metal, put it outside, and make sure it lasts a long time. Easy, right? Engineers have been doing that for centuries and having success. As you ponder your task you ask, “What are my choices?”

201: The Hero You Deserve for Stainless Steel Outside Use

Stainless steel outside? We all know it works well. But have you heard about 201 stainless steel? It’s a surprisingly nice metal for outdoor projects that require a blend of power, finesse, and beauty.

Concrete Coastal Construction: Beware Saltwater and These Other Dangers

Corrosion of reinforcing steel and other ferrous metal is one of the biggest causes of deterioration in coastal construction projects. The invasion of salt and moisture -- inevitable near the ocean -- results in accelerated corrosion of reinforcing steel, exposing the vulnerable concrete within.

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