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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, through a heating and melting process

Seamless: A tube or pipe that is one homogenous piece; without seams

Galvanized: Steel that has a thin layer of zinc or zinc-aluminum alloy to provide corrosion resistance

Threaded: Spiral ridges that make it possible to join pieces together with fittings

CR/CF: Cold rolled/finished; steel that has been rolled and reduced to make its surface more uniform with stronger tolerances

HR: Hot rolled; steel that has been rolled on a hot strip mill to reduce thickness

Cut-to-Length: Material that is cut to the customer’s specifications

Texas Iron & Metal: The best place to get Prime and Less-than-Prime© for any project of any size

Texas Iron & Metal is your go-to resource for reliable and personalized service. Our knowledgeable and experience sales associates are happy to answer any questions you have. As always, you want it, we’ve got it. Now that’s supply on demand!