Eiffel 101: 5 Tips for Selling Steel Beams

When listing your structural steel beams for sale, it’s important to take quality photos of the beams, to show photos of the beams after they’ve been uninstalled, to set the beams at a fair market price, to be upfront about defects, and to remember to include the beams’ certifications, when available.

1. Take Quality Photos in Good Light

When you take high quality photos of your steel beams, potential buyers will get a better sense of what you’re offering, and will therefore be more likely to act. Luckily, you don’t need expensive camera equipment to get the best shot; good-quality daylight and a clean phone lens should be enough. Furthermore, you should aim to take multiple photos from different angles to ensure you’re showcasing your beams in their entirety.

2. Take Photos of Beams After Uninstalling

Buyers want to see exactly what they’re purchasing, and they might hesitate to go through will a sale if they can’t view the entire beam. To help make your steel beams more marketable, take photos of the beams after uninstalling.

3. Set Beams at a Fair Market Price

If your steel beams aren’t selling, it might be because you’re failing to match steel’s current market price. Do some research on steel prices and the going rate for similar beams to ensure your setting a fair price. Keep in mind that steel is priced differently depending on location, meaning that your region will affect your price; steel tends to sell for cheaper in hard-to-reach areas, for example, and might be further marked down in order to account for buyer accessibility and extra trucking costs.

4. Be Upfront About Defects

The goal should never be to trick potential buyers into overlooking a beam’s defects. Instead, be upfront an honest about any welds, stiffeners or abnormalities in your steel beams, and price your beams accordingly.

5. Remember to List Certifications

Steel beams that include a certification are more desirable than beams without a certification. If your steel beams are certified, be sure to include that information in the listing.

Steel beams: wide flange, h-oile, and more

Common Steel Beams for Sale

Structural steel beams are sold in a range of wide flange beam and h-pile sizes. The chart below outlines many of the most common dimensions:

  • W8: W8x18, W8x21, W8x24, W8x28, W8x31, W8x35, W8x40, W8x48, W8x58, W8x67

  • W10: W10x22, W10x26, W10x30, W10x33, W10x39, W10x45, W10x49, W10x54, W10x60, W10x68, W10x77, W10x88, W10x100, W10x112

  • W12: W12x26, W12x30, W12x35, W12x40, W12x45, W12x50, W12x53, W12x58 ,W12x65, W12x72, W12x79, W12x87, W12x96, W12x106, W26x120, W12x136, W12x152, W12x170, W12x190, W12x210, W12x230, W12x252

  • W14: W14x22, W14x26, W14x30, W14x34, W14x38, W14x43, W14x48, W14x53, W14x61, W14x68, W14x74, W14x82, W14x90, W14x99, W14x109, W14x120, W14x132, W14x145, W14x159, W14x176, W14x193, W14x211, W14x233, W14x257, W14x283

  • W16: W16x26, W16x31, W16x36, W16x40, W16x45, W16x50, W16x57, W16x67, W16x77, W16x89, W16x100

  • W18: W18x35, W18x40, W18x46, W18x50, W18x55, W18x60, W18x65, W18x71, W18x76, W18x86, W18x97, W18x106, W18x119, W18x130, W18x143, W18x158, W18x175, W18x192, W18x211, W18x234

  • W21: W21x44, W21x50, W21x57, W21x58, W21x55, W21x62, W21x68, W21x73, W21x83, W21x93, W21x101, W21x111, W21x122, W21x132, W21x147, W21x166, W21x182, W21x201, W21x223, W21x248, W21x275

  • W24: W24x55, W24x62, W24x68, W24x76, W24x84, W24x94, W24x103, W24x204, W24x117, W24x131, W24x146, W24x162, W24x176, W24x192, W24x207, W24x229

  • W27: W27x84, W27x94, W27x102, W27x114, W27x129, W27x146, W27x161, W27x178, W27x194

  • W30: W30x90, W30x99, W30x108, W30x116, W30x124, W30x132, W30x148

  • W33: W33x118, W33x130, W33x141, W33x152, W33x169

  • W36: W36x135, W36x150, W36x160, W36x170, W36x182, W36x194, W36x210, W36x232, W36x256

  • HP8: HP8x36

  • HP10: HP10x42, HP10x57

  • HP12: HP12x53, HP12x63, HP12x74, HP12x84, HP12x89, HP12x102, HP12x117

  • HP14: HP14x73, HP14x89, HP14x102, HP14x117

  • HP16: HP16x88, HP16x101, HP16x121, HP16x141, HP16x162, HP16x183



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