Common Questions About Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal is the hidden champion behind many construction projects. The material supports buildings, makes machines work, and comprises important mechanical structures. If you’re in need of sheet metal for a project, then customized fabrication might be the best option. Here are the answers to some frequent questions about sheet metal fabrication.

What Is Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Fabrication is the process used to cut, assemble, or otherwise form sheet metal into a finished product. This can be done in bulk in a factory that produces identical parts or in a custom shop that creates unique pieces designed for a specific need.

How Is Sheet Metal Manufactured?

Sheet metal can be made from a variety of different metals depending on its intended purpose. Copper, aluminum, and steel are all popular materials in sheet metal and can be combined with other types of metal in the same sheet. After selecting the material for the sheet metal, it’s melted down in a crucible and then poured out into rectangles. From there the sheet metal is cleaned and rolled out into sheets.

How Can I Get Sheet Metal?

Sheet metal can be bought from a hardware store, or even online, but this uncut sheet metal can’t be used for much. In most cases, going through a fabrication shop is the best way to get sheet metal. A fabrication shop can make sheet metal customized to any use and then cut and shape it into a final product.

What Kind of Machines Are Used for Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Industrial sheet metal cutters aren’t something you just pick up at the hardware store. These large and expensive machines can only be found in machine shops. Industrial machines like water jet cutters can make precision cuts through almost any type of sheet metal.

What Is Customized Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Unlike mass produced sheet metal components, customized sheet metal fabrication creates individual sheet metal components for a specific project. For almost any project, customized sheet metal is going to be more effective and of a higher quality than mass-produced sheet metal. 

Do Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication Shops Help with Design?

Not all custom sheet metal shops help with design, and most charge for design services. This can be difficult for customers with little design or construction knowledge. That’s why Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. never charges for design services, providing them free with all custom sheet metal fabrication.

To learn more about how Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. can help with your sheet metal job, contact us today.

Employee Spotlight: Brian Mecomber

Originally from Michigan, Brian Mecomber grew up in Houston, Texas. In 1996, Brian made the move to Huntsville, Alabama, where he now serves as the Service Account Manager for Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc’s regional office. Prior to joining the Maxwell Roofing team in 2017, Brian spent the last 14 years in the uniform rental and facility services industry. With his current role being his first experience in the construction and roofing industry, Brian has enjoyed the refreshing career change, and Maxwell Roofing has quickly become a home away from home.

As for what led Brian to the Maxwell Roofing team, he says, “While looking for a career change, I was contacted by a recruiter and consultant representing Maxwell Roofing. After exploring the opportunity further and meeting the Maxwell family, joining the team was an easy decision, and I enjoy representing the Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. brand in Huntsville and the Northern Alabama region.”

Current Role:

As Service Account Manager, a typical day for Brian involves updating company databases and following up with clients via phone or email regarding roof repair proposals. Brian also does in-person visits with current and prospective customers who contact him in regards to their roofing needs. “A main part of my role is coming up with action plans and repair proposals for customers. Finding solutions for our customers’ needs is truly a rewarding part of the job,” says Brian.

As for Brian’s team dynamic, he works closely with Maxwell Roofing’s service estimator to come up with the best approach to all repair proposals for customers. Brian also works closely with Maxwell Roofing’s service manager and service technicians to make sure all jobs run smoothly and meet customer expectations. “On the customer side, I mostly work with property managers and facility or maintenance managers at industrial companies in the North Alabama region. I have the great honor of building and growing business relationships with our customer base to ensure customer loyalty,” Brian adds.

Why Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Stands Out:

When it comes to what he loves about working at Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., Brian affirms, “I love that Maxwell Roofing is a family-owned company that prides itself on being the best and most reliable roofing company in the market.” Brian also speaks highly of his Huntsville-based team, saying, “Our Huntsville team is very helpful, and we work well together. Each team member is always there when I need assistance with anything.” Brian enjoys the competitive and hardworking spirit he sees on display from his colleagues, which is something he truly believes makes Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. stand apart in the roofing industry.

Personal:

Beyond the office, Brian’s hobbies involve playing golf whenever he gets the opportunity, as well as training in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jui Jitsu. Brian enjoys family time, especially venturing to the 30A beaches near Destin, Florida with them each year. The Mecomber family has a mini schnauzer named Brody. As for any lifelong personal goals and dreams, Brian says, “My goals are to put both of my children through college and have enough money left over to live comfortably.” Here’s to conquering those worthy goals!

How to Choose the Right Commercial Roofing Partner in Huntsville

No matter the location, when commercial roofing needs arise, customers want a commercial roofing partner that can provide cost-effective and full-service roofing solutions with a level of depth found in reporting, accessibility in the case of emergencies and leaks, as well as quality and reliable roof-management service. From construction to fabrication to service, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. has a trusted reputation of being more than just a commercial roofing contractor. Additionally, with more than 60 years of history and experience, the Maxell team takes responsibility seriously.

From a local business that originally served Middle Tennessee, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. officially expanded to Northern Alabama in 2010. With the opening of a satellite office in Huntsville, Alabama, Maxwell’s team serves the commercial roofing demands of the Northern Alabama region and has a highly-regarded reputation in the region as an honest and capable commercial roofing and sheet metal contractor.

For those on the search for the best commercial roofing partner in and around Huntsville, Alabama, here’s a look at some of the unique factors within the North Alabama market, as well as key reasons to choose Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. over the competitors.

A Look at the Huntsville Commercial Roofing Market

What’s unique about the Huntsville commercial roofing market? Maxwell Roofing’s Service Account Manager for its Huntsville office says, “There are not a lot of commercial roofing companies in the Northern Alabama area that focus efforts on roof repair nor have service departments. Most of the companies that exist in the region just want to roof or re-roof.” This opens the door of opportunity, allowing Maxwell Roofing to shine, as the company is a full-service partner for the entire lives of their customers’ buildings. As opposed to being a “storm-chaser” roofing company that’s here today and gone tomorrow, Maxwell is a family-run business that trades on its reputation. As a market leader in quality, documentation, and customer service, the acclaimed Maxwell Roofing legacy remains strong in Huntsville and throughout the Mid-South.

Why Choose Maxwell Roofing?

When making the call on which commercial roofing company to partner with in and around Huntsville, Alabama, Mecomber says, “Maxwell’s attention to detail, competitive urgency, professionalism, and detailed reporting process are just a few of the differentiators that make the company stand apart in the Huntsville commercial roofing industry.” Additionally, every Maxwell Roofing team member is a full-time employee, which is something that you don’t often find within the industry. “Even more, Maxwell’s local presence and accessibility is something that means a lot to our customers,” affirms Mecomber. In other words, when you call Maxwell, you get a quick response, which is not always the standard in the commercial roofing business.

Perhaps atop the list of Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.’s unique differentiators is MAXCare, coined as the most comprehensive roof management program in the industry. Maxwell customers across the Mid-South have affirmed that no other program provides property managers, maintenance supervisors, facility managers, and building owners with more value or a higher level of service, offering cost savings, education, and preventing future unexpected roofing surprises.

Curious to know more about how Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. stands out in the Huntsville and North Alabama commercial roofing market? Contact us today to connect with one of our Huntsville team members!