Before starting a new project, it is essential to plan and evaluate risks, challenges, and deficiencies beforehand. In light of this, it is imperative to have full knowledge of the different factors to consider while establishing a sheet metal roofing and fabrication project. The following are some of the main factors to consider.
There are numerous costs involved in a metal roofing and fabrication project. These costs do determine the appropriate process. Escalating costs can have substantial impacts on the bottom line. The costs of completion of the project should determine which fabrication process is most appealing. Costs to consider before initiating a metal roofing and fabrication project include:
• Tooling costs
• Assembly costs
• Transportation costs
Critical evaluation of these expenses can considerably reduce overall costs of the project without compromising product quality.
It is imperative to identify means of simplifying the design of the project while still meeting all specifications of the project. Evaluation and identification of ways of reducing bends should be considered before the project commences.
Projects that involve extensive hole piercings and punching and multiple bends numerous hits are required. Such projects are best suited for roll forming. Through roll forming, products that require multiple parts are reduced to single structures. This efficiently streamlines production.
The raw materials used, to a significant extent, affect the costs and integrity of the product. Given that there are numerous material types in the market, it is a tall order to choose. However, selected materials work best with particular sheet metal fabrication and roofs.
For example, steel is an excellent raw material for fabricated metal. Like aluminum, it is strong, long lasting and if treated, it can be corrosive-resistant. Selecting the best material is a critical phase of cost control. If possible, it is better to use stronger and lighter materials such as structural steel. This way, the products can utilize less material content and still maintain the product integrity and quality.
The projected yield out of the project can determine the viability of the whole process. A primary consideration for the design of the product and raw materials is which selection will realize the greatest output. Developing a most efficient profile will maximize the use of material and also minimize drop-off.
For example, roll forming can reduce drop-off compared to press braking and stamping while aluminum sheets are also quite high yielding.
It is ideal not always to start a new project alone. Experienced and knowledgeable partners can be of much help in addressing all the considerations mentioned above. Moreover, such partnerships ensure that it is easier to anticipate challenges while also effecting resolutions that lessen costs.