Frequently asked questions

We commonly get asked a number of similar questions. In order to help you decide what you need, the following questions and answers should help you :

What type of materials are readily available?

Generally for metal fabrication purposes Mild steel stainless steel brass and aluminium are the norm, although more exotic materials can be obtained.

What type of stainless steel would I need?

There are many different grades of stainless steel, and depending on the application the most common for fabricating are:

  • 316. Often specified where contact with light acids or Peroxides are expected and is widely used in the food and dairy industries. Sometimes called Marine grade, as most boat fittings are made of this type. Can be supplied in sheet tube and bar form. Carries a premium.
  • 304. This is the most common grade in sheet tube and bar form as it is easily worked by cutting, forming and welding, being found in the majority of commercial fabrications. Corrosion resistance is good.
  • 303. Mainly specified where the component has to be machined, having an additive to help cutting, tends to undercut when welding.

What thicknesses do the materials come in?

Generally for light fabrication purposes sheet of 3mm down to .9mm would be used, although much heavier plate can be purchased for and used in the construction industry.

Tube and pipe comes in a wide variety of diameters and thickness, mostly in metric increments. Round bar, flats and angles are found in many metric combinations, both in stainless and mild steel.

Aluminium and Brass can still be found in Imperial measurement, although change to the metric unit is gradually becoming the standard.

The older Standard Wire Gauge measurement is still used as a thickness reference by many, and the metric equivalents approximately are: 10g=3mm 12g=2.5mm 14g=2mm 16g=1.5mm 18g=1.2mm 20g=.9mm

What finishes can I have?

There are many commercial finishes available that can be applied to the finished product.

Powder coated colours can be used to mild steel and Aluminium products the latter requiring etching to stop the top colour coating from flaking after a short period.

Aluminium can also be Anodised to give a more durable finish, although only the purest forms give satisfactory visual finishes. Anodised sheet is always held in stock by ourselves.

Stainless steel can be polished to give a mirror, reflective, or satin finish in most cases, this includes tube and bar.

Do I have to supply drawings for manufacture?

In most cases, yes, but sometimes even a sketch will do. If you are measuring for a worktop or kitchen splash back always make sure that the walls and corners are square, if in doubt make a template because once cut and formed most items are costly, if not impossible to rectify. We will always advise you of the do's and don�ts if you give the works a call.

How can I obtain a quotation?

Submit your drawing, sketch or doodle on a fax, email or by post and we will do our very best to put a costing to it. We do not give prices for fabrications on the telephone. If the cost is acceptable an order can be placed by the above method, but would not be acted on until a deposit of 50% of the total is received, with the balance being due on completion. This does not include account customers. All prices are subject to V.A.T.

If you require any further information on the above talk to David or Terry on 0208 9838458