Steel Sheet & Plate

Steel sheet and plate products are manufactured from different steel grades, each providing unique qualities and beneficial features. Whether you are searching for hot rolledcold rolledgalvanizedtread, or a host of other steel plate and sheet metal options and services, there is a steel plate or sheet metal option that matches your project’s unique specifications.

Read more about steel plates and sheet metal below!

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Steel Sheet & Plate Material Options

IMS offers steel plate and steel sheet in a broad range of lengths, widths, gauges, alloys, and specifications to meet your material requirements. To learn more about the advantages and applications of steel sheet & plateget in touch with our sales team for answers to your questions.

Perforated Sheet Metal

Within the world of architecture and contemporary design, perforated sheet metal products are increasingly popular. Depending on your design preferences and requirements, perforated steel sheet is available in several gauges and thicknesses to provide the look and feel unique to your desired layout. The metal perforations are available in several styles: round, square, rectangle slot, and hexagonal.

Galvanized Sheet Metal

Galvanized steel sheet is standard metal sheeting coated with a protective, sacrificial zinc layer that protects the metal substrate from adverse moisture and air, extending the life of the metal. IMS offers galvanized sheet metal in various gauges and sizes to meet your unique production needs.

Expanded Sheet Metal

Expanded sheet metal is a hybrid of traditional sheet metal and wire mesh, providing increased air flow, drainage, and strength for various applications requiring corrosion-resistant, high-strength steel. Expanded metal sheet is ideal for heavy-duty part washing, shot peening, shot blasting, degreasing, and part organization applications.

Corten Steel Plate

Corten is an architectural steel that produces a weathered look when exposed to the elements. Corten’s rusted patina is aesthetically revered by architects and designers looking for a fashionable metal with enhanced strength and durability.

Corrugated Steel Sheet & Plate

Corrugated steel sheet and plate is sheet metal processed with ridges and grooves in the metal material, which significantly increases the tensile strength of the metal. The corrugated grooves and ridges of the material also enhance the metal’s weather resistance characteristics.

Tread Plate

Tread plate, also called diamond plate, is a thick cut of metal manufactured with diamond shape patterns on one side and a flat surface on the other. Tread plate is often used for stair and ramp applications to improve traction and reduce slips.

Flat Steel Sheet & Plate

Flat steel sheet and plate products are completely level with a smooth exterior look and feel. Flat steel sheet and plate products are used for architectural applications that require a clean look and smooth finish.

What is the Difference Between Hot Rolled and Cold Rolled Steel?

Technical differences in the processing of both hot rolled and cold rolled sheet metal and plate dictate the physical features of each style. Both types of metal are initially processed hot rolled. However, cold rolled steel plate and sheet metal receive additional processing after cooling to room temperature.

Hot Rolled Steel Sheet & Plate

Hot rolling utilizes large ingots and large reduction rolling, improving production efficiency and creating conditions for increasing rolling speed and achieving a continuous and automated rolling process.

  • Increased malleability
  • Numerous applications
  • Less expensive than cold rolling
  • High rate of production
  • Provides a rougher surface than cold rolled steel
  • Easy to drill, form, and weld
  • Dry or oil-free finish
  • Rough and scaly surface
  • Rounded material edges

Cold Rolled Steel Sheet & Plate

Cold rolled steel is heated and cooled just like hot rolled steel but is then further processed using annealing or temper rolling to develop higher tensile strength and yield strength.
  • Holds tighter tolerances than hot rolled steel
  • Up to 20% stronger than hot rolled steel
  • Enhanced surface finish
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Oily or greasy finish
  • Smooth surface
  • Sharp edges

Steel Plate vs. Sheet

The difference between steel sheet and plate lies in their gauge or thickness. Plate metal thickness includes steel sheet metal that is 5mm or thicker. Steel plate is often used for construction or structural purposes due to their low maintenance versatility.

IMS is Your Locally Trusted Steel & Metal Supply Company

With seven locations in California and Arizona and delivery throughout Nevada, IMS is a full-service metal supplier that understands your needs. Our inventory of metal products includes a broad range of metal shapes and an extensive selection of alloys. We offer the following advantages:
  • Same-day will-call pick up
  • Next-day local delivery
  • Super-fast shipping turnarounds
  • Excellent high-volume discount pricing
  • Custom cut-to-size metal production
  • ISO 9001 certified
  • Unprecedented customer service
  • Material management (stocking and delivery on a scheduled basis)
  • Credit lines with good terms
  • Seven stores are open six days a week (check each location for specific times)

IMS is Equipped to Handle Any Size Order Quantity

At IMS, we provide unsurpassed next-day delivery or same-day will-call pick-up at any of our convenient locations. With seven locations and over 400,000 square feet of warehouse space, we are well-equipped to handle all-sized orders. From selling one piece in our stores to delivering truckloads of metal to your location, we work well with all types of customers. Whether you’re a large government contract supplier or a one-person welding shop, we have you covered.

Order Steel Plate and Sheet Metal from our California or Arizona Locations Today

Stop by one of our seven locations across California and Arizona and check out our steel sheet metal inventory. We offer quick delivery throughout the Southwest region, including Nevada and Mexico. Request a quote or contact IMS for high-quality plate steel and sheet metal today.


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