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Quality in Steel Beam Fabrication

December 19, 2019

While steel beams may appear to be a simple project, they play an integral role in the construction and erection of many of the structures, buildings, and city infrastructure we rely on a daily basis. Scarboro Steel Works offers the years and capabilities of experience necessary to yield quality metal beam results every time.

In today’s blog, we’ll provide insight when it comes to ensuring quality in metal beam fabrication by briefly discussing the basics.


The Fabrication Process


Steel beam fabrication falls into the larger umbrella of metal fabrication – and utilizes many of the same methods and capabilities used in a well-equipped metal fabrication facility. Opting for a shop that specializes in the fabrication of metal beams and employs fabricators who are experienced in structural metal beam manufacturing will more likely lead to the quality results you’re looking for.

When a project demands the fabrication of a metal beam, there are a myriad of factors the fabricator must consider. Assessing project specifications, and finding a suitable approach on how to execute project results are an important part of the fabrication process.


Common Types of Steel Beams


  • I-Beams – as its name suggests, I-beams resemble the capital letter “I” at its cross section, featuring tapered flanges. The I-section beam is commonly used in the construction industry and come in various sizes depending on specificity of project needs
  • W-Beams – are similar to I-Beams but feature wider flange beams, and are typically used for residential construction applications
  • H-Beams – are longer and heavier than I-Beams, and like the I-Beam resemble the capital letter “H” due to their larger flange.


Safety Standard Compliance


Reputable fabricators adhere to the relevant safety standards when it comes to fabricating metal beams. Relevant safety standards are determined based on a number of factors including type of usage or region. It is imperative that a metal fabricator understands the relevant safety standards to mitigate the risk of hazard in the long-term.