Contractor Tips Blog

Jul
21

Invest in Unique Custom Metal Fabrication

If you are building a new home or business, metal components may be on your list to complete your project. Whether you are considering metal cabinets for the garage or a metal staircase for your new apartment building, you will be in the market to purchase metal components. While there are many metal products that are available that are mass produced, consider the benefits of investing in unique customized metal components through a fabricator.

Welding or metal fabricating is a specialized trade that has been around for centuries. Changing the shape of metal through heat is an art form, from the blacksmiths of old to our modern metal fabricators. These craftsmen can build almost any structure from metal to customized specifications. This gives you access to a product that is like no other and built for your project.

Mass produced metal products tend to use cheap materials and production lines to keep their prices low. While you may save a little money initially, they are not built to last like a handmade fabricated piece. Put quality in and you will get quality out; that is always the case in construction and is especially true with metal components.

If you want a unique stairway, railing, cabinet or counter for your building project, contact a local metal fabricator. You can have them design a component that will be well-made and functional for your needs. You can also get specific designs and artwork done such as initials, logos or other embellishments for a creative touch. Before you buy a manufactured metal piece, find out more about customized metal fabrication and how it can enhance your new home or business.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

Mar
13

What Part of Your Metal Stairs Need Repair?

Posted in Metal Stairs

If you own or manage an apartment building or other type of commercial building with metal stairs, you rarely will need to concern yourself with their construction. After all, metal stairs last for years, even decades, without needing repairs. However, even metal will eventually wear down with use and exposure and when it does on a staircase, it can become a hazard. You will need a metal stair fabricator to repair certain parts, but which ones? Do you know the names for the parts of your stairs? Here is the simple breakdown of stair parts and terms to make it easier.

  • Balustrade. The entire railing system of a stairway.
  • Baluster. The part of the balustrade that runs in a vertical direction, holding up the handrail.
  • Bullnose (starting step). The first or bottom step, generally larger in size than the other steps.
  • Flight. On section of staircase between floors or landings.
  • Handrail. The part of the balustrade you hold as you ascend or descend.
  • Landing or Platform. This is the wider flat area at the bottom and top of each flight of staircase. Often there is a landing in the middle of staircase between floors to change directions.
  • Riser. The part of the stair that runs at a right angle at the back of the tread; the flat vertical surface of the step. (not all metal stairs have risers)
  • Stringer. This is the main skeleton of the staircase that supports the risers and treads. Usually there are two, one on each side of the staircase.
  • Tread. The part of the stair you step on, the actual steps of the stairs.
  • Winder. A tread that is wider on one side than the other to help the staircase move in a curved direction, only used on spiral staircases.

These terms can help you explain to a metal stair fabricator what needs repair or replacement. You should inspect all these parts regularly for any rust or weakening as part of your property safety regimen.

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