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You Might Not Know This About Steel

Steel is widely used — from residential day-to-day products to industrial, huge scale projects. Despite that, there are still a lot of misconceptions circulating around it, what it’s for and characteristics it has.

Steel Industry Myths That You Shouldn’t Believe

To figure out which information about steel is true, here are some of the most popular steel industry myths circulating about steel.

Steel does not rust.

Because a lot of brands peddle that steel can withstand any environment and is extremely durable, people assume that steel does not rust at all. Unfortunately, like any metal, it has the possibility of rusting when exposed to specific environments.

What is true, however, is that steel rarely rusts because there are very few environments that are so corrosive to make that happen. In comparison to other metals, steel has a thin layer of protection that hinders corrosion. When that’s breached, rusting may take place.

Steel can interfere with reception.

Some people assume that thick steel frames used in buildings or residential homes somehow affect the radio, TV or wifi reception. None of these are technically true, and they’re not proven claims either. Whatever frame or material you use for your home can just as easily cause these issues, but usually, the waves from your TV, radio and the internet can pass through the gaps of the frame without any problem.

Steel is all the same.

Like any metal, there are different types of steel — each one formed to service a particular need in the industry. Steel, in particular, is a group of different alloys, with varying properties depending on what they’re used for.

Most of the time, steel is used for corrosion resistance quality, but sometimes it’s also used because it’s magnetic, can withstand heat and is strong and durable. What grade you use for your project should be tailor fitted for that application.

Steel is too expensive.

In comparison to other metals, steel can be expensive. Although, for the variety, uses, and qualities that it has, it’s definitely worth the price. Not only is it strong and durable, it’s also malleable and can be manipulated to fit the application.

If you’re looking for quality, steel is a great option. Besides, it’s still more cost-effective than other metals with similar characteristics.

Steel is magnetic.

There are different types of steel — made from different alloys and with different combinations. Some of them are magnetic — like stainless steel — while some are not. Whether they’re magnetic or not, that does not affect their other qualities like corrosion resistance or malleability.



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JD Fields Construction Group

Prior to founding J D Fields & Company, Jerry Fields gained decades of experience in construction products and piling applications managing equipment rentals, material sales, and product operations. Coupled with his oil and gas experience, Jerry built a rock solid foundation of industry knowledge and relationships that allowed him and his partners to start the company in 1985. Incorporated in Houston, Texas, JDF quickly diversified into multiple construction markets and applications. Today, it is a premiere international source for natural gas pipe and piling products. Strategically positioned at the Port of Houston corridor, our flagship stocking facility has 40 acres of laydown area with steel processing and fabrication capabilities. We carry more than 50,000 tons of pipe and piling inventory throughout the states to serve North America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and other international markets.

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