Meet Your Metal: Things to Consider When Buying Steel Tubing

Steel Tubings

Since the advent of the steel age, it has become a reliable resource in various industries. It is valued for its durability and versatility. Steel tubing has been a favorite material known for its durability, versatility, and affordability.

Buying steel tubing can be challenging if you do not know what you are looking for. So before you start filling your cart, the pros at Wasatch Steel share some tips to help you forge along.

Tubing vs Pipe

It is important to note that steel pipes differ from steel tubes. Steel pipes are round, but tubes come in different shapes. Pipes are rated and intended for the transfer of liquids and gases and tubing is used for structural applications.

Pipes are typically more rigid than tubes. Tubes made of copper and brass can be shaped and bent easily while bending pipe to a specific shape requires special equipment.

Not All Tubing is Equal

Identifying what kind of steel tubing you need is an important step. Determine the size, shape, and grade of steel tubing you need. Tubes—depending on the purpose—can either be round, square, or rectangular.

The grade of your steel tubing is another point of consideration. Grades mainly come in two levels: steel’s mechanical properties and chemical make-up. Identifying the type of grade you need for a job can help you in choosing the right tubing.

Steel tubing also comes in varieties of hot rolled steel and cold rolled steel. Hot rolled steel is steel that is rolled into tubing with the aid of heat. Cold rolled steel is tubing rolled in near or at room temperature.

Finding the right tubing can be a daunting task. But armed with this newfound knowledge and nerves of steel, you are more than capable of purchasing the right tubing.