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The consequences of buying shoddy materials can be dire in manufacturing. Taking the cheaper option sometimes makes sense, but other times, it can result in significant costs to you later on, if not outright catastrophe for you or your customers. Here are a couple of factors to consider when selecting sheet metal:
- Materials. Be sure to distinguish which building material is best for your purposes. Building materials vary in strength and resistance. It’s not always necessary to buy stronger material than you require (for example: aluminum is fine for mailboxes, but if you need something to withstand the elements and human abuse, stainless steel works far better). It pays to learn about such metals as brass, bronze, copper, tin, titanium, zinc, nickel and magnesium.
- Gauge. Sheet metal has many purposes for manufacturers, and uses fluctuate based on gauge. Metals can be bent, cut, stretched and molded, and depending on your purposes, you want sheet metal with the appropriate gauge. We specialize in the 24 gauge to half inch plate range, with the higher numbers reflecting thinner material.
We at National Metal Fabricators are dedicated to quality sheet metal fabrication, so contact us with any questions you have regarding metal quality and the purposes of each material.