Author: designatwork

4 Uses for Flat Bars

Flat bar has a flat surface and rectangular face – making it extremely versatile for a variety of projects. Here are four key uses for flat bar: 1. Frame Construction Flat bars are easily cut to length and drilled or welded into place for framework. Because metal bars are durable, and can withhold the construction… Read more »

What’s Next for Steel? Understanding Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act

Producers, buyers and sellers of steel will be impacted by whatever actions result from the Commerce Department’s investigation of imported steel. Launched in April with the objective of halting unfair trade practices (one of the Trump administration’s goals), the investigation leverages the rarely used Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Section 232 allows the… Read more »

How to Choose the Right Steel Plate for Your Project

One of the most important considerations for any construction project involve the choice of building materials. Steel continues to be an attractive option due to its versatility, durability, affordability and sustainability (did you know that steel is the world’s most recycled product?). When looking at materials for foundations or frames for buildings, professionals typically rely… Read more »

I-beam vs. Wide Flange beam: Explanation and Application

Walking through the stockyard, you may not initially notice the difference between two common beams – the I-beam and the wide flange beam – however, even though they may seem very similar, there are key differences that make choosing the right product vital for certain projects. 1) What’s the difference between I-beam and wide flange… Read more »

Learn Common Terms and Abbreviations with this Handy Guide

Prime: Highest grade steel available that must meet very strict requirements and has quality certificates Surplus: Steel that may be of similar quality to prime or may have minor defects, but is still suitable for many uses; also known as Less-Than-Prime© Welded: Metal that has been joined together using electricity and welding rods or wires,… Read more »

3 Key Impacts on the Steel Industry Under the New Trump Administration

President Donald Trump spent his first weeks in office signing multiple executive orders, including approvals related directly to the steel industry. Here are 3 key impacts on the steel industry based on President Trump’s executive orders: 1) American-made steel is mandatory for all US pipelines Trump is requiring the Secretary of Commerce to develop a… Read more »

Buying Local Steel Reinforces Houston’s Economy

Four considerations when shopping for steel pipe The recent action by the US Department of Commerce, which results in the government imposing duties of more than 13 percent on steel pipe from India, may likely have implications for consumers on both steel pipe pricing and the inventory of steel pipe. The government took the action… Read more »