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How to Determine the Durability of Steel

October 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The job of a structural steel expert is to assess the authenticity and quality of the materials in a construction project. This isn’t a job for newbies, and those with experience tend to recognize faults in materials that untrained eyes would otherwise miss. Faulty concrete or steel can mean accidents and ultimately lawsuits down the road if you’re found responsible. Don’t get caught out of position. Know what goes into the projects you build by learning how to assess the quality of the steel you buy.

Know Your Steel

There are many kinds of steel, but the two most common types are known as 304 and 316. The main quality that separates the two is the addition of Molybdenum to type 316, which is known to increase resistance to corrosion. Knowing these facts will help you choose steel of the proper type for the environment you’re working in.

Be Careful About Delivery

Corrosion can come from elements interacting with the steel, or from the welding job done to it. Pay close attention to your own needs before you buy supplies. It can also begin at the time the steel is delivered to the job site.

Final Thoughts

If you find yourself in a dispute over materials used, hire a construction claims consultant. The paperwork alone is worth the cost, but experts will help you identify the causes of corrosion and find what’s legally to blame for the fault during construction claim preparation. Of course, you can shield yourself now by learning what to look for when you buy materials.

Source: Lyle Charles handles construction claims processing in the United States. For more information on construction mediation services, contact Lyle Charles Consulting.

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