Metal fabrication and welding have a lot of applications and finding a welder that can handle your project should not be tough. Hiring the first welder you find is not always bad, but you should take the time to talk to several welders and get some references before you hire anyone.
Look for a welder that has been in the business for a while and has some experience under their belt. Formal certifications are also a plus, but with enough experience, the certification may not mean much. Consider the type of welding they have experience with and what welding you need. If the two are similar, they could be a good fit.
Not all welding is the same, but many welders have training in multiple varieties of welding. Keeping up with the current trends and learning new techniques keeps professionals relevant in their market and allows them the opportunity to take on a variety of jobs. It is common to find a welder with more experience in one area than another because of later training.
No matter what you are building, when you need a welder to assemble the steel for you, you need to know that they are going to be able to produce a weld that will last a lifetime. No matter what the project is, once the weld is complete, it should hold the material together. When you hire a professional, you are seeking that piece of mind that the product will work or in this case, hold, the way you need it to, for as long as you need it.
Be sure to ask any questions you might have about the process used by the welder. While you don't need to know how to weld, it can make you more comfortable with the final product if you understand how it works.
Welding equipment is expensive, but a professional welding shop needs to have the best welding equipment possible. Cutting corners is not an option because lower quality welding equipment compromises the final product. If you have questions about the tools and equipment used by the welder you are considering hiring, you can ask them about what they use.
Along with the quality of the machines, there are a variety of welding machines that a professional shop has available. Most shops have metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), and electric arc welders that can be used depending on the job they need to do.
A professional welder is a metal expert, and they understand how metal reacts to different situations. Before welding anything, the welder will look at the material, inspecting it for cracks or damage that might make it fail later. Your project's success could depend on the ability of the material to stand up to the welding process. If the metal is weak, the heat may weaken it further.
The material that you want to use needs to last under stress as well. If it holds up to the weld but fails later, it could be catastrophic, depending on the application. Talk with your welder about any concerns they have and suggestions to remedy the situation.
J&E Metal Fabricators, Inc. is a full-service metal fabrication shop serving the New Jersey and New York area. With over 40 years of experience, we have the tools and the knowledge to produce the quality products that you need and expect from a professional. Give us a call or stop by and see us today to discuss your project and get a free estimate.