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

Posted on May 12, 2022 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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Three Types of Steel You’ll Find in the Steel Industry

Posted on May 10, 2022 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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The Buy American Act Increases Domestic Steel Requirements

Posted on April 1, 2022 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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Steel Prices on a Downward Trajectory but Still Higher Than Pre-COVID Levels

Posted on March 4, 2022 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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Why More Residential Builders Are Using Steel

Posted on February 17, 2022 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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Why Buy Surplus with Steel Prices Softening?

Posted on November 30, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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3 Insider Tips for Making Successful Surplus Steel Purchases

Posted on October 6, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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How the Environment Benefits When You Use Surplus Steel

Posted on September 20, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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3 Strategic Ways to Reallocate Excess Budget After Saving Money on Surplus Steel

Posted on September 15, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
Saying yet again how expensive steel is right now would probably be just as welcome as hitting you over the head with a great big mallet. Bonk. The truth hurts. Until supply catches up with the demand, steel will be outrageously pricey. Saving money wherever you can is the wise way to do business right… Read more »
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Why Our Surplus Steel Is the Perfect Material for Your Next Project

Posted on August 11, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
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 »
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Journey of Steel: Organization & Logistics in Steel Industry

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel is everywhere – literally. If you look around, most of what you see is made with this everyday metal. Have you ever wondered where it all comes from and how it reaches consumers? Probably not, but if so, we’re here to tell you all about the steel-making process and steel logistics from mining to… Read more »
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Your Every Day Metal: How It’s Made

Posted on May 21, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
If you look around, you will see a lot of steel. Next to plastic and paper, it’s one of the most common materials in products used every day. From your car to your kitchen stove to the door locks, steel is everywhere. In fact, to really put into perspective how essential steel is to our… Read more »
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COVID-19 & Metal Industry: Challenges & Disruptions

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
The COVID-19 pandemic has had obvious effects on economies around the world. There wasn’t a single industry that wasn’t affected last year between business shutdowns and societal lockdowns – some good, but more so bad – devastating even. In 2019, before the COVID crisis, the metal industry was already facing difficulties with tariff struggles and… Read more »
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Welded Wonders: Metal in Art

Posted on April 19, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
Metal is useful and resilient, but it can also be beautiful. And we’re not just saying that because metal is our livelihood. When you’re surrounded by the same thing day in and day out, it’s healthy to step back and embrace perspective from another angle. The very wise Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but… Read more »
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Steel & The Industrial Revolution

Posted on March 6, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
The Industrial Revolution was a period of massive growth in all areas of society, from technology to culture to the economy, the world was seeing life change at breakneck speed. Coinciding with this was the iron and steel industrial revolution which allowed for steel, a very useful material, to become much cheaper to produce and… Read more »
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Metal & Steel Used in Ship Construction

Posted on February 19, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
The introduction of metal to the shipbuilding industry helped to significantly revolutionize the industry as a whole, especially the development of stainless steel and aluminum alloys. Prior to the use of metal in shipbuilding, ships were constructed out of wood. Wood was much less suitable for ship construction because it is not durable or strong…. Read more »
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How to Save Money by Using Surplus Steel During Global Crisis

Posted on February 19, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
Like everything else, the global pandemic has taken its toll on the construction industry by causing production halts, material shortages, revenue loss, and more. From commercial to residential construction, not one area of the industry hasn’t felt the effects. As a result, many face the challenge of saving money where possible and attempt to recover… Read more »
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The Most Magnificent Steel-hulled Ships of All Time

Posted on January 5, 2021 by Texas Iron & Metal
Steel-hulled ships are a mainstay in the maritime industry and have been for decades. So what is a hull? Hulls are the base part of the boat that is in the water. The hull is designed to do one of two things: displace water or ride on top of it. Steel is the most common… Read more »
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Metal Processing Through Centuries

Posted on November 30, 2020 by Texas Iron & Metal
Over thousands of years, humanity has grown and evolved in many ways. One advancement of note is our evolved understanding and usage of metal processing from ancient civilizations to modern society. The jump from burning iron ore over an open hearth to recycling steel and using electric furnaces is a huge one. If you are… Read more »
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20 American Steel Architecture Wonders

Posted on October 1, 2020 by Texas Iron & Metal
Structural steel is the backbone of many of our planet’s architectural wonders. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Disney Concert Hall, even Houston’s own Astrodome (sometimes referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World) are built with the help of – you guessed it – steel! It almost seems that if you’re looking to impress… Read more »
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