Sheet Metal Use and Fabrication

1 November 2018
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Sheet metal refers to thin, flat pieces of metal. The most common types of sheet metal are aluminium, steel, copper, zinc, tin, gold, silver and brass. Below are the uses of sheet metal.

Construction industry. 

The uses of sheet metal in the construction industry include:

Roofing. Corrugated iron, zinc, copper and steel sheets are used in roofing houses. They are resistant to rust and lighter than slate and ceramic roofing.

Doors and gates. Steel sheets are popular in the making of doors and gates. They are resistant to corrosion and are hence considered durable.

Interior fixtures. Stainless steel can be fabricated into kitchen sinks, furnaces and curtain rods.

Decoration. Sheet metal can be made into beautiful pieces to enhance your homes décor. It can be used in wall panels, furniture, grilles, stairways and screens.

Transport industry.

Steel is commonly used in the making of automobile bodies. It is preferred because it is light and inexpensive. Aeroplane bodies are made using aluminium sheets since they are strong and light. Most ships are built using steel sheets. 

Culinary items.

Spoons, knives, forks, trays and pans are made using stainless steel. Besides, sheet metal can be used in the making of ovens, grills and stoves.

Sheet metal fabrication. 

Sheet metal fabrication may involve various processes such as cutting, bending, curling, shrinking, welding and stretching, depending on what objects you want to fabricate. As it requires a lot of skill, expertise and specialised equipment, such works are done in industries. Below are some considerations you should make when choosing a sheet metal fabricating company.  

Experience. Companies with years of experience in sheet metal fabrication are better suited to handle your project. They often have high-quality work.

Type of project. Some companies may specialise in a specific material or items. As such, ensure that they are capable of fabricating your desired items. Ask for a few samples before engaging them.

Personnel and equipment. The company should have well-trained and qualified staff. For large projects, always ensure that the company has the right equipment required for fabrication. Avoid companies with old machines, as they might break down or produce poor-quality work.

Customer service. You are better of working with reputable companies that have excellent customer service. Besides, ensure that the company can meet your deadlines.

Costs. Inquire on the costs and terms of payment.

Sheet metal is used in the construction industry, in the transport industry and in making kitchen items. When looking for a metal fabrication company, ensure it is experienced, has the right equipment, qualified staff and excellent customer service.