Steel Welding

What is steel welding?

Steel welding is simply the application of heat to cause localised melting of the parts you want joined. There are many techniques for welding steel and depending on several factors each one has its own strengths.


Oxy-Acetylene welding relies on the combustion of oxygen and acetylene gases to heat the steel to be joined. Due to its simplicity of operation, it's one of the most versatile types of welding and can be used to weld virtually any metal.

Stick/Arc welding (SMAW)

Stick welding, also known as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), is a method of welding where an electric current forms an arc between a consumable electrode and the metals to be joined. This method is often used in the construction of steel structures and industrial fabrication to weld iron and steel where destructive bend tests maybe required.

While this is an easy method to apply, it's mastery involves a long learning curve.

Stick welding doesn’t create the most beautiful finished product, so it's best left to welds that are not visible in the finished product. This method is excellent for equipment repairs, as it can work on rusted, painted, and dirty surfaces alike.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding or GMAW

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), also referred to as MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, is a welding method that uses a shielding gas along the wire electrode for a cleaner and more presentable weld. The method is suitable for fusing mild steel, low carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium. This is the most common industrial welding process used and best applied to clean metals.

Gas Tungsten Arc Method (TIG)

Gas tungsten arc welding uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode and a shielding gas to obtain the weld. This welding process creates a low heat which makes it better suited for welding thin work pieces. This type of welding is commonly used for alloy steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals such as aluminium, magnesium, copper alloys, bronze and even gold.

This method has several key advantages:

  • Minimal eruption above the base metal
  • Welds can be made in all positions.
  • Better for thinner materials
  • Better aesthetic welds

The right method for the right job

Royal Fabrication are skilled and certified for all four welding methods. This means that whatever your project, we have the expertise to make sure things are built to last.

Projects we've worked on before:

Carbon Steel

  • Railings
  • Reinforcing walls
  • Retail fit outs
  • Attic conversions
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Industrial units
  • Restoration work
  • Automobile body components
  • Bridge components
  • Machinery parts
  • Tools
  • Springs high strength wires

Stainless Steel

  • Tanks & Piping Systems
  • Hoppers
  • Storage Cabinets
  • Catering and Hospitality Equipment
  • Trolleys
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Handrails

Get in touch with us for all your metal fabrication and welding needs.

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