No matter how meticulously-planned a construction project is, chances are there will be left over metal, often steel, that will be sitting unused at the end. Or perhaps, as is often the case, timeframes are changed and materials that were needed for a particular date are now not required until much later. Whatever the case may be, the fact is that unused steel can present a problem.
First of all, there is the matter of safety. Steel, when not properly stored, can present a real hazard in the workplace. Large steel structures can be quite heavy and loose steel can shred tyres of moving equipment, prevent easy access to areas and even injure people who come into contact with sharp edges.
Another consideration is degradation and damage. Leaving untreated steel open to the elements can lead to rusting, oxidation and overall structural weakening, wasting any potential savings that could have come from storing on-site. There are many time-proven methods to galvanising steel to guard it against the effects of the environment, but little to protect it from a misplaced forklift.
There are also the realities of cost. While it may seem like keeping your leftover steel around is essentially free, there are real economic factors that come into play. It can cost a lot of money and time to keep moving the steel out of the way in a continually changing workplace environment. The cost of wasting your own space needs to be considered, too, in addition to the expenses related to properly securing it into position and moving it around when needed.
A solution in warehousing
For these reasons and many more, storing unused steel in a purpose-built warehouse is a sensible solution. Beyond our services in laser cutting steel, ShapeCUT offer economical warehousing services at our conveniently-located steel processing centre in Brisbane.
Over the years many of our clients have found it especially handy and financially savvy to have their steel precision cut and then immediately stored for later use. The warehouse is secure, and we can access your steel for you on the same day you need it or the day after if required. Talk to ShapeCUT today to find out more about our services and how we can help you maximise your investment in steel materials.