Tig Welding

TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas while GTAW stands for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, both acronyms refer to the same welding process which uses a non-consumable electrode to create an electric arc to melt materials, while and inert "covergas," generally argon or helium, protects the weld area from oxidization. When the area is melted, material is replaced by a "filler" material identical to the base metal creating the weld. Tig welding is a very versatile process and can be applied to a broad range of materials. While stainless steel and aluminum are the primary metals for the process a welder can also use it on any grade of steel, magnesium, or copper.

We use TIG welding a lot more than many other companies because we appriciate clean quality work, which combines asthetics and practicality. However we don't just lay down flat clean beads for looks, we regularly use the process to blend stainless steel joints making them look like one solid peice of metal, because done properly after being welded and blended, the workpeice becomes one seemless item.

GTAW is also our go to method for welding alumnium. Aluminum is considered by many a difficult material to weld because of it's relatively low melting point and exascerbated qualities, while steel is far more forgiving. Aluminum is a common material used for a wide range of everyday purposes like trailers, boats, frames, piers, boat launches, the list can go on and on. To best combine aluminum a TIG welder must diligently clean his work piece because although its very difficult to tell aluminum DOES oxidize, and this thin layer of aluminum oxide has a significantly higher melting point making it more difficult to weld properly.