Choosing the right metal fabrication company is essential if you want avoid to problems with your job and unexpected delays and misunderstandings arising at every stage. You must take the time to carefully investigate the prospective fabrication company and ensure that they understand your requirements and are fully capable of meeting your expectations.
Where are they based?
When choosing a metal fabrication company it often makes sense to choose one that is local. It can be advantageous have your supplier close at hand to offer advice and answer any queries as they arise. A company based close to your own location will also be able to offer you lower shipping costs than one based across the country or overseas. It is vital to remember to consider the shipping costs for any quote you are offered. Transporting large amounts of metal isn't cheap so the further away your supplier is the higher your costs will be.
What are their capabilities?
Ideally you will want to find a metal fabrication company that is capable of undertaking every task you need. If you need to transfer your metal to a different location for finishing, or for a particular process then that will greatly increase your costs. Look for a metal fabrication company that offers not just the services you need for your immediate job, but all the services you are likely to need in the future. Building a long-term relationship with your fabrication company will ensure a productive partnership that will benefit both companies, so pick a partner that will suit your needs moving forward.
What experience do they have?
You should never simply assume that the company you will partner with are highly experienced in exactly the type of fabrication you need. Ask them for examples of similar projects that they have completed, and look through their portfolio of completed work to assure yourself that they are a good fit for your business. If you have any concerns about the way they run their operations then don't be afraid to ask them questions to ensure that you both have the same expectations about the way the project will run.
Settling all of these issues before you begin to work together will ensure that once the project begins the metal fabrication process will run smoothly from beginning to end and that the end product you need will be delivered on time and will be exactly what you expected.