Author: Liz Papagni

Why Switching to a Surplus Steel Supplier Is Good for Business

You’ve been tasked with buying steel for a project. What do you do? Generally, there are two choices: go to a steel supplier and buy prime steel. No problem in doing that, of course, but it may not be necessary. You could find a surplus steel supplier instead. Old material, you say? Call us biased,… Read more »

Your Checklist to Find the Right Surplus Steel Supplier

  At Texas Iron & Metal, we understand that you have several different choices available when you need surplus steel. Rather than making your job easier, those various choices could make decisions even harder. That’s why we put together this checklist to help you determine the right surplus steel supplier for your specific project. Here… Read more »

How to Get the Surplus Steel You Need for Your Next Project

  Acquiring enough surplus steel for your upcoming project doesn’t have to be difficult. While, yes, things can happen to briefly derail your best-laid plans, leaving you to search high and low for the steel you need at the last minute, a good plan for locating and buying the steel you need could save you… Read more »

How We Use Steel in Transport

However you travel, you can be certain that steel is involved in some way. Bikes, cars, trains, ships, buses, and planes all use at least some steel, with some modes of transportation relying on various alloys more than others. This makes sense, of course, because steel is strong, durable, and affordable. The benefits of steel… Read more »

What to Know About Structural Steel Fabrication

Steel that comes from the mill is a raw material that must be prepared for use in projects. This preparation could include sawing, bending, and assembly to create products that are ready to be used. Preparing steel for use in final projects is known as fabrication, and it’s an important part of the building process…. Read more »

Why Structural Steel Is a Good Idea for Residential Building Projects

Commercial construction, particularly skyscrapers and warehouses, have used steel for decades because buildings can be larger and withstand the elements better when built with a steel frame. Residential builders, however, continued to build with traditional materials for many more years—likely because they were traditional, meaning everyone else was doing it. Mansions and mega-mansions used steel… Read more »

What Fifty Years of Steel Production Looks Like

  While the current state of steel production and sales is constantly in flux, we do see steel prices slowly stabilizing. Turbulence in places where steel is both manufactured and also in demand for building, can have significant effects on prices that ripple across the world. That turbulence could be financial, the aftermath of a… Read more »

How the Strength of Steel Compares to the Strength of Other Metals

Steel is durable, hard, tough—it’s not a “little-known fact.” Steel is often called the strongest alloy on Earth. Rather than a pure metal, steel is a blend of iron and carbon, both providing the particular characteristics that make steel so very strong.   Some metals might just give steel a run for its money, though…. Read more »

Three Types of Steel You’ll Find in the Steel Industry

Steel is used every day in a vast range of applications, from infrastructure to decoration. The various uses for steel each require a certain type, which means not just any steel will be the right metal for the job.   Understanding the various types of steel and their subtypes can help you determine what you… Read more »

The Buy American Act Increases Domestic Steel Requirements

On March 7, 2022, the White House made final changes to the Buy American Act, which increases the current domestic steel requirement for federal projects. While this may sound like great news for the American economy, some drawbacks may occur—at least until supply can catch up with the demand. The new rule from the Federal… Read more »

Steel Prices on a Downward Trajectory but Still Higher Than Pre-COVID Levels

In 2021, steel manufacturers and distributors experienced record profits, but those who rely on the materials for use in products and construction were stung, and deeply, by the prices they had to pay. Not only had prices spiked, but supply chain issues left many waiting several weeks or even months for the steel they purchased,… Read more »

Why More Residential Builders Are Using Steel

While steel has long been used for large construction projects—think skyscrapers and bridges—residential buildings have historically been framed with wood and finished with brick, concrete, or more wood. Lately, however, builders are discovering many benefits to using steel on residential structures, too. Steel offers strength and design freedom that wood and bricks just don’t supply…. Read more »

Why Buy Surplus with Steel Prices Softening?

Steel prices have soared over the past two years, due to several different factors. Of course, the most common villain—and not just in the steel industry—is COVID-19. Skyrocketed prices sent contractors and builders scrambling for budget friendly options such as the ones offered right here at Texas Iron & Metal. We’re talking, of course, about… Read more »

3 Insider Tips for Making Successful Surplus Steel Purchases

When you need surplus steel, Texas Iron & Metal is the answer. We make purchasing surplus steel and equipment easier than anyone else because we’ll always go out of our way to help you make the best purchase for your individual needs. To make it even easier for you, we want to share some insider… Read more »

How the Environment Benefits When You Use Surplus Steel

Eco-friendly and sustainable building practices are top of mind with most contractors these days. Seeking out environmentally friendly building supplies is the new normal. Fortunately, steel is an inherently eco-friendly material for several reasons. With the addition of surplus steel to your materials,  environment benefits even more. Let’s explore some of the reasons surplus steel… Read more »

Why Our Surplus Steel Is the Perfect Material for Your Next Project

If all the metals were high school kids, steel would be the Homecoming King and the quarterback of the football team. It’s that popular. Steel is one of the most commonly used metals across various industries for its durability, reliability, and light weight compared to other building materials. And the good news is, not all… Read more »