Angle iron is very familiar structural steel with specific shape. It is designed to be stable and bear lots of weight and pressure. Normally, its profile is L-shaped and used to build supporting structure, furniture pieces, containers, walls and shelves.
Visit Steel Houston fabrications to look at the variety of angle irons available. Read the top benefits of angle iron to take advantage of in your next hobby or professional project.
Besides being lightweight angle iron is strong when compared to other metals or structural steel products or equal amount of wood. For its durability and strength when related, angle iron seems cost-effective and affordable replacement to other materials.
In low cost structural projects angle iron can be employed without any concern about exceeding the budget. An ideal structural component for small projects, which need strength in small footprint.
Angle iron thickness determines the kind of task, it is suitable for. Small pieces can be applied where weight and pressure is minimal, whereas large thick ones are used as supporting beams or walls of buildings, which constantly bears a lot of weight.
- Create frames of go-cart or lawnmower to fortifying heavy duty trailer.
- Apply as structural component for door frame or lightweight roof or support heavy structural elements.
- Used as purely decorative purposes like art projects or window frames
- Employed to prop frames of tables, benches, and bed.
- Offer strong support to shelves loaded with heavy things, especially in laundry room and garage.
- When used in containers, it helps to stabilize the whole structure against bending, braking or arching.
Easy to work on
Little fabrication and welding experience is crucial to employ angle iron efficiently. Besides basic tool knowledge angle iron allows easy –
- Shaping with grinder
- Cutting with chop saw, grinder, or a torch
- Bending with vise or other relevant tools
- Welding, even with inexpensive MIG machine
- Forming of complex structures needed for large projects
- Drilling and bolting
The 90° bend gives angle iron strength along its length to resist bending. Large loads can be supported easily, when compared to flat steel with equivalent thickness. When many pieces of angle iron are joined to create big structure then strong welding joints can be made competently, which is as robust as the material.
Angle iron projects needs to be sealed and painted properly, after completion of metal work. Rust is the culprit of angle iron, so make sure there is not a single dot of bare metal exposed to air, especially the welded areas. These surfaces need to be sanded and sealed with powder coating or paint. As long as there is good paint coting on angle iron, very low maintenance is involved.
Angle iron is easy to find, sustainable, and available in multiple widths, thickness, lengths, and depths.
An ideal material for professional projects and hobby!