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What You Should Look for When Hiring a Professional Structural Engineer

July 18, 2018 8:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What project is on your calendar? Is steel construction in Indiana in your future? If so, you’ll need a reputable structural engineer to handle your endeavor. This project will be a significant investment of time, money and other resources, so you want to ensure you hire the best engineer possible. How can this be done? As you consider professional structural engineers, look for the following qualities. If a contractor does not offer these must-haves, find someone else who does. Experience Look for more than just the number of years they’ve spent in the industry. Does the professional offer experience in... View Article

How to Protect Your Steel Against Corrosion

July 13, 2018 7:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

What is the greatest threat to a steel structure? The answer is corrosion. About 85 percent of all steel is carbon steel, which means it is more susceptible to oxidization, or rusting. Left unprotected and susceptible to the elements, carbon steel often shows oxidization within a matter of a few days. As steel oxidizes, the integrity of the metal is affected, which in turn affects the quality and strength of the product or structure the steel was used to build. Several factors contribute to the corrosion of steel, including humidity, temperature, pollution and rainfall. The corrosion rate of steel can... View Article

What Is Blast Cleaning?

June 29, 2018 7:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” is a saying you have probably heard many times before. As steel fabricators in Indiana, we may not be experts in chains, but we do know that the same principle applies to what we do make, which is just about anything that can be made of steel. Any steel structure is only as strong as its weakest point and, for most steel structures, the perimeter of the steel is its weakest point because it has the most contact with the surrounding environment. In order to protect and ensure the integrity... View Article

Understanding Lintels

June 3, 2018 10:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The process of constructing a new building or modifying an existing one is not as simple as gathering nails, screws and four walls and erecting them. Building is a complex process that requires a lot of attention to the support and transfer of weight so the structure remains upright. One of the main ways buildings are able to sustain their shape and hold their own weight is because of a building component called a lintel. What are lintels? A lintel is a construction term that refers to a horizontal beam that lies above an archway, door, window or opening. Generally,... View Article

Answers to Your Frequently-Asked Questions About Steel Fabrication in Indiana

May 20, 2018 10:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In today’s world, steel is everywhere. We use stainless steel appliances, use products manufactured using steel machines and walk through buildings constructed of structural steel. Despite the prevalence of this material, the concept of steel and how it is made into the many forms we find it in can be confusing. As a full-service steel contractor that offers steel fabrication in Indiana, Benchmark Fabricated Steel is well equipped to help clarify some of the more confusing aspects of the process. Read on to learn about steel fabrication and have some of your most commonly asked questions answered. What is steel... View Article