Industries commonly need the different kinds of services that sheet metal fabrication provides. Retail outlets, large office buildings, hospitals, apartment complexes, etc are all in need of sheet metal fabrication services at one time or another. Every industry requires a specific system offered by these manufacturers. Because of this, it's important to research a manufacturer to see if they are experienced in the system needed. The following discusses what things need to be considered hiring sheet metal fabricator's.
Depending what the requirements for construction are, builders may use prefabricated panels and pipes, while others may need the help of a manufacturer on site to measure for custom pieces. By having the manufacturer come to the site, it may not be necessary to have drawings and designs worked up. The manufacturers design teams can also help you decide which material would be best; Stainless or galvanized steel, copper, aluminum, etc. Sheet metal fabrication companies will be with you every step of the way, from design to finalized product and even initialization.
There are four important things to consider before choosing your metal fabrication provider. They are:
1. Reputation in the Marketplace - Quality workman ship is difficult to spot if you don't know what your looking for, and you don't want to end up spending a bunch of money for a sub par job. In this business, the more well know a company, the more experienced they probably are. It's important to get a list of references for them and double-check them for authenticity. Also tour their manufacturing facility if at all possible. The larger the manufacturing plant, the more business they probably do, and the more experience they probably have.
2. New Technology - It is best to choose a company that has invested in the newest and most reliable equipment. Having this equipment tells you that they keep things updated and are determined to be fast and deliver the highest quality final products.
3. Price - It's always a good idea to get at least four different quotes from four different manufacturers. Let them know you are shopping around and be a negotiator. Make sure any contract they show you includes delay penalties and other stipulations. Also look to see that they're material pricing is consistent with market value. Don't necessarily jump on the cheapest offer and be thorough.
4. Customer Service - It's easy to know when a company values it's customers because they will have repeat business from their loyal clients. It should be easy to find customer testimonial.
A lot of expertise and extensive experience goes into metal fabrication, and going with the wrong fabrication company can lead to major problems years down the road. It could even be dangerous if the fittings they manufactured are in critical places in the building. Either way, if a poor job is done, it will end up being extremely expensive in the long run. Start looking for a company on the internet first, and research them tirelessly. When you are happy with what you find, set up a personal meeting with the manager, and discuss first what you need done. This should lead to a contract where everybody's needs are met and the relationship is mutually beneficial.