Stronger Building Structures Need the Right Kind of Steel

From simple houses to grand skyscrapers, steel will always be a preferred material in construction projects. A versatile material, steel gives designers the freedom to develop flexible designs without compromising structural integrity.

If you are planning your next building project, steel will most likely be part of the needed materials. Its reputation as one of the best construction materials should not convince you to settle for just any steel product, however.

The right steel type makes a big difference in your structural projects. You need high-quality, durable steel solutions from reputable suppliers. Everything matters — stability, coating, and accessories.

Durability and Strength

In terms of durability, the power of steel is unquestionable. It is rust-proof, fire-resistant, and capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. Apart from these qualities, steel also has the highest strength-to-weight ratio. This means smaller weights of steel are stronger than higher weights of other construction materials.

Despite its impressive characteristics, not all steel was made equal. Properly finished steel can outlast other materials, but if it fails to support the weight of the structure, it compromises the quality of your project. You’ll need a steel panel with accurate spacing, rib height, and gauge (thickness) measurements to ensure it’s tough enough for the job.

Start your search by checking steel gauges and remember a simple rule: the lower the gauge, the stronger the steel. Most building projects use steel with a gauge of 26 or lower.

Steel Coating

Coating quality is also crucial to steel durability. Without the proper coating, steel materials corrode due to moisture in the air and other environmental factors. Look for steel with a high-quality protective coating, therefore. Durable coatings help steel resist damage without regular reapplication in the long run.


Fasteners are crucial for closing a container or keeping two parts of a flexible construct together. So, make sure to opt for ones made from quality materials like steel. Do not settle for cadmium and zinc plated fasteners. These types will require frequent replacement. Inferior fasteners are susceptible to rust and oxidation, which allows moisture to enter the panel and compromise insulation.

Buy from Trusted Manufacturers

Some manufacturers sell low-priced items that capture the interest of project managers and designers. Do not fall for the false promise of “good value;” these manufacturers are most likely cutting corners to lower fabrication costs. Opting to use questionable construction materials will leave you with a building that easily deteriorates over time.

Instead, work with a reputable manufacturer that provides reliable steel solutions. Look for those who have been in the business for years; they can serve as your guide when selecting the right steel for your projects. It is also important to partner with manufacturers that follow good business practices, as well as respect steel standards and regulations.

At Hascall Steel Company, we know trust isn’t easy to earn. We earn your trust once we prove to be reliable even in the most difficult circumstances. As a trusted steel service provider, count on us to offer metal fabrication services that meet almost any application. We’ll help you find the right materials for the project.

Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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At Hascall Steel we understand that part of being an expert is being able to tailor steel to your needs. With that in mind there are some key areas that will help us fulfill your steel order in a way that is best suited to your company’s capacities. By working with our sales team, we can adjust several aspects of your order to make things easier for your team members. Next are some areas to keep in mind that can improve efficiency and quality.


Often customers place an order with the following basic information: Quantity/Gauge/Width/Length/Steel Type…

However there are quite a few QUALIFIERS that will help us all get the best value from the informational exchange.


When discussing material with our Sales Team, be sure to include tolerances for your gauge, width, and length (if applicable). In some cases, Hascall can meet tolerances as low as +/-.001 on gauge, +/-.003 on width, and +/-.015 on length. Specifications – Many steel specifications come with sub categories that can alter chemistries and mechanical boundaries. Be sure to have the full specification when ordering or talk with your sales representative to discuss options.


Proper packaging can help reduce unloading and production time. ID – We offer ID sizes in 16”, 20”, and 24” OD – We are able to provide OD sizes up to 72” Skidding – Standard or custom skidding available, just let us know how you would like your material skidded to best meet your equipment needs.
Paper – Protective paper is standard on all orders but can be applied with standard or full wrapping both with and without Hascall Logos. Max Coil and Skid Weight – Coils can be adjusted to meet your max lift and coil capacities.
Offloading – Material can be shipped skidded or standing and set for Forklift on the side or the rear of the bed. Material can also be shipped ready for sheet lifter or overhead crane offload.


Steel is only good if it gets there when you need it. At Hascall we have an experienced Logistics team that will ensure that your steel arrives on time in the way that best suits your needs. Whether you would like delivery via our in-house Steel Man Transportation service or if you would like to pick up your material personally, our team can set up appointments that meet your schedule. Our Logistics team can also arrange a 3rd party carrier if needed. Delivery dates, times, and address should be discussed with your Sales Representative prior to ordering.


And lastly, we know each customer is unique. There may be special requests that we would love to accommodate. These may range from a sample of the steel attached to the packaging, to increased tag requirements and frequencies. We are happy to work with you in order to be your trusted choice in slit steel coil and blanks.