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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 after it determined that India had been dumping the product in the United States at prices below market value. If you have an upcoming home improvement or construction project that requires steel pipe, and are concerned how the Commerce Department’s action may affect you, here a few things to consider:

  1. Buy Local. The buy local movement has been gaining momentum in recent years, and it certainly applies to the steel industry. Buying local offers a number of benefits. As you might expect, you’re more likely to enjoy a higher level of personalized customer service, and there are generally more opportunities for special deals than with large national suppliers. What might surprise you, however, is that smaller, local suppliers are often more likely to carry a wider inventory of steel pipe, and generally offer greater control.
  2. Find an Expert. It’s natural to focus on steel pipe pricing when shopping for your next project, but don’t overlook the importance of experience and knowledge in the equation. Businesses that have lasted in the steel supply industry can offer a level of expertise that others can’t match, which can provide you with greater confidence in your purchasing decision. Working with an experienced supplier means you are more likely to have someone who not only understands the needs you have for your project, but also can help you make informed and intelligent decisions regarding what steel pipes to use.
  3. Consider Surplus. Since surplus items usually come from business closures, project changes, or overstock, the seller is usually happy to get rid of their excess for a bargain price. Steel pipes are a commonly used construction commodity, which makes them relatively easy to find in surplus. In fact, we have them stocked ourselves! Buying surplus is generally a good way to ensure you are being a smart spender, so don’t be afraid to look into it.
  4. Look for Added Value. Beyond the price of steel pipe, consider other aspects of the sale to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck when you choose a provider. Do they offer cutting services for the pipe, which could save you considerable time? How about fast loading of your purchase, so you can get started quickly? What kind of delivery options are available – same day? Next day? Some suppliers offer free delivery within a certain area if you meet a minimum purchase amount, which could significantly increase the value of the sale. Be sure to ask.

Stop by Texas Iron & Metal to find the largest inventory steel supply in Houston and to receive help finding new or surplus pipe for your next home improvement or construction project.