Stainless steel has countless commercial uses and applications and its investments can play a major part in the overall success of a business. Sign banding, for example, is just one application in the steel industry. But before you choose a steel supplier, there are a number of red flags you should be on the lookout for in order to get the high-quality products and service your company deserves. Here are just a few qualities to avoid in commercial steel strapping suppliers.
The steel recycling process has grown in efficiency over the years, and currently, nearly 69% of steel is recycled in North America each year. This means that there’s no excuse for suppliers that don’t source recycled products. Not only are they more expensive, but they’re more damaging for the environment, as well. Don’t ever settle for a steel supplier that doesn’t primarily — or ideally, exclusively — work with domestic and recycled stainless steel.
Lack of Experience
Any business that works with steel should know that it can be used in countless industries. But regardless of the specific products your company uses it for, your supplier should have sufficient experience working with not just your industry but the majority of industries that use the metal. If you’re considering working with a supplier, it may be best to move past specific suppliers that don’t have plenty of experience with a number of industries. If not, you may be sacrificing your business’s time and financial assets to buy a product lacking in quality from a supplier lacking in industry expertise. It’s essentially a lose-lose situation, and your company deserves better.
Lack of Quality Steel
Finally, this red flag should be a total deal breaker, even if all of the other stars are aligned. Don’t ever consider working with a supplier whose sole mission is anything other than to provide the absolute highest quality stainless steel products in tandem with exemplary customer service and support. Don’t compromise all the work you’ve put into making your businesses the best it can be — work with the best and only the best steel suppliers.
Ultimately, these are just a few red flags to keep an eye out for when looking for a stainless steel supplier. For more information about sign banding or other stainless steel applications, contact Independent Metal Strap.