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September 27, 2015

When you’re in the market for steel, you need to be vigilant about which steel dealers you choose to work with. Too many dealers charge more than their work is worth and implement onerous methods that can increase costs. Here are some things you should know about how to search out top steel dealers to ensure you get the best quality metal for your project:

  • Written estimates: Top, reputable steel dealers will provide you with written estimates for your desired project. In some cases, if you need to move quickly, this can be provided over the phone. But before you sign any agreements or hire a dealer, be sure to reach a mutual agreement that satisfies all your questions and concerns.
  • Open communication:  Select a steel dealer who is dedicated on providing open communication with progress reports for longer projects. Your ideal contractor should also be able to provide examples of past work for you to review.
  • Don’t opt for cheapness:  The lowest bids often equate a poor work output, but not always. Investigate the costs needed for your project and ensure they calculate in the labor work required for custom fabrication. 
  • Local isn’t always best:  While supporting local businesses is commendable, when you need quality steel, at a good price, and fast, the best options may be out of your hometown. A great steel dealer will work with you to ship the products you need in the time frame you need them. Plus, steel dealers that work with industries throughout a region tend to have a greater variety of steel products, thereby ensuring that you get exactly what you need for your project.

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