Three Reasons to Choose Cold-Formed Sheet Piling
Nearly half of all of the American steel shipments made in 2016 were made to the construction industry. With approximately 43% of these steel shipments going to construction, the need for quality steel suppliers is only going to increase as time goes on. Sheet piling is an essential part of the construction industry; the product is utilized as a support in hundreds of different applications, all of which exponentially improve with the addition of these steel sheet pilings. With the popularity of these supports, there are a few different ways to manufacture the steel pilings.
There is quite a debate over hot formed and cold formed sheet piling, as there are various pros and cons to the use of each type of piling. But since cold-formed piling is relatively new, only being created in the late 70s, it is somewhat less popular than its hot-formed counterpart. Let’s discuss three of the reasons that cold-formed piling is such exceptional support in the construction industry, and why it should be considered just as often as hot-formed piling.
Cold-Formed is Interchangeable
There are certain standards of design for cold-formed piles, and while these standards limit the shapes and patterns that cold-formed piles are manufactured in, it means that cold-formed steel is much easier to universally match and change within the support structure. There’s no need to buy every piece of cold-formed from the same manufacturer, unlike hot-formed, which can vary between manufacturers. Cold-formed piles can be removed and replaced with a new pile, without having to struggle through the process of taking measurements or discovering that the new pile doesn’t fit.
Cold-formed piles typically cost less than hot-formed. That’s because the cold-formed piles are able to be manufactured with less labor and at a more efficient rate. A lower production cost means lower price point and the money saved can go towards other aspects of the project or into bigger projects. A lower cost can also help out your customers, and they may be so thrilled with the project coming in under budget that they seek to book your company again in the future.
It’s Easier to Get Exact Lengths
If you need any type of customization in your sheet piling, cold-formed is the steel to buy. The manufacturing process makes it much easier to form sheets according to exact specifications, meaning your construction company will waste less time fussing with hot-formed steel and more time working on the project. Cold-formed customization makes it easier for companies to build their support systems safely and efficiently, and at a generally lower cost, even when customization is necessary.
Cold-formed sheets have a host of benefits to the construction industry, despite being relatively new on the market. If your project meets any of the criteria discussed above, considering cold-formed steel is worth the time. The benefits to cold-formed sheets outweigh the unknowns about the product, and may even become a new favorite among your construction company.