Residential Steel Fencing Production Processes

Ornamental steel fencing is one of the products that are constructed in a steel fabrication plant. Steel is heated up, rolled out, cut, and shaped during the manufacturing processes. Structural steel is a product that may or may not contain a galvanized coating. A coating protects the steel from harsh elements.

The Pickets And Rails

Structural steel is used to construct homes, barns, businesses, and ornamental decorations. One popular fence style is an enclosure that contains vertical and horizontal rails. A machining process is used to prepare steel that will ultimately be used to create a residential fence.

A machine operator will be able to control the picket length, width, and thickness, by adjusting the features of their machining equipment. Pickets and rails are typically welded or bolted together. If a steel fabrication plant will be supplying a business with fencing panels that will be ready to install, pieces will be welded or bolted within a factory setting.

The Gauge

The gauge of residential steel refers to how thick a metal product is. Products such as fencing will consist of steel panels that are all the same thickness. A consistent thickness will allow a fencing contractor to secure the fencing panels side-by-side.

An even thickness will also provide aesthetics that are pleasing to the eyes. Some manufacturing plants may be responsible for creating fencing panels that contain intricate details. More time and precision are needed to design unique panels. For this reason, a series of fancy fencing panels may be more expensive than some panels that contain basic design work. 

The Resistance

Steel products that are thick will not bend or come loose, once they have been fastened The resistance rating of steel is based upon its gauge, its design, and its surface. Steel is a strong construction product, but will still be prone to weather-related damage. An uncoated steel product may endure an oxidation process. This could result in corrosion forming along an untreated steel materials' surface.

A steel fabrication plant will often offer a galvanization service. Galvanized steel is metal that has been treated with an anti-corrosive protectant. The protectant is typically applied to steel at the end of the manufacturing process. Steel materials can be dipped or brushed with a galvanizing agent. Once the agent has dried, residential steel products will be packaged. Packaging will identify the dimensions and weight of a steel product. Details about the galvanization process may be printed on a package's label.

Reach out to a residential steel fabrication plant for more details.