Choosing the right welding fabrication shop is one of the most important steps for making sure your project is successful. You want to be sure that the shop you’ve chosen not only has the capability to complete your order, but also the experience to make sure the results meet your expectations. Before settling on a shop, make sure you’ve checked these four considerations.
1. Communication & Understanding
Metal welding and fabrication shops are often staffed with talented and experienced pros who can create virtually anything you need for your home or workplace. However, if they cannot understand your needs and communicate the project requirements to you effectively, there’s no way for you to ensure the crew is working toward the best outcome for your project. You want to choose a shop that makes you feel comfortable and confident, especially when explaining the requirements and recommendations for your job.
2. Capabilities & Expertise
While it may be ideal to choose a shop that has experience creating projects like yours, custom fabrication often means crafting unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of which there are no examples to show. Instead, look for a fabricator who has experience with the type of project you’re looking for and with the materials you have requested. For example, if you’re looking for a decorative piece and a shop has only worked with industrial fixtures, you may not be in the right place.
It’s also important to make sure that all aspects of your project will be completed in-house and not subcontracted to an outside vendor. That way, you can make sure that project timelines will be met and that any questions or problems you may have can be addressed by the shop you have chosen without having to wait to hear from a third party.
3. Experience & Quality
For those seeking a welding fabrication shop, you may not be aware of the variety of tools, materials, processes, and types of metal that a crew will work with to complete different types of projects. Before making a final decision, ask about the procedures that will be required to complete your request. Do they have everything onsite, or will some materials need to be specially ordered?
Special orders shouldn’t rule out a shop as some items are used infrequently enough to make stocking them impractical. However, in some cases, it could point to a shop that’s unfamiliar with your type of request. Ask what kind of experience the welder or fabricator has with the tools and materials and see if they have examples to show you or references you can contact to learn about quality.
4. Customer Service
While you are investigating the quality of a shop’s past projects, you should also spend some time making sure that previous customers were as satisfied with the overall experience as they were with the finished product. You want to work with a shop that’s committed to a high level of craftsmanship as well as customer satisfaction. You want to feel like your ideas are considered and that you are shown a high level of courtesy and respect. No matter how amazing the final product is, if the shop made you feel like a burden or an inconvenience, they should not earn your business.
A Track Record of Success
At Grounded Industrial, we have a proven record of impeccable service and a long line of satisfied customers who will be happy to tell you about their experience and share their finished products. We are also committed to quality craftsmanship and hold each other to high standards as a team. We believe that welding and fabrication is as much art as it is science, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to exceed the expectations of our customers. To learn more about our welding fabrication shop or to get started on your project, contact Grounded Industrial today.