Stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as regular carbon steel and provides high strength and impact resistance along with the aesthetic appeal. The material also has anti-bacterial qualities and is easy to clean and sanitize. Stainless steel sheet and stainless steel plate are both a perfect solution for applications that require a durable metal with anti-oxidation qualities.

Understanding the Difference Between Stainless Steel Plates and Sheets

While stainless sheets and plates sound like the same product, they differ in thickness and durability. Stainless steel sheets are thinner, usually less than 6mm thickness, and used for lightweight residential and architectural applications or those that do not require as much durability.
 
SS plates have a thickness of 6mm or more and provide the tensile strength and durability needed for storage tanks and other heavy-duty applications. You can quickly determine the difference by looking at the gauge: The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal.

Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate Applications 

Stainless steel sheet & SS plate provide a low maintenance, corrosion resistance solution for a variety of industrial applications. Some of the typical uses for stainless steel include:
  • Food Processing & Handling
  • Storage Tanks
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Electrical Enclosures
  • Chemical Process Vessels
  • Conveyors
  • Architectural & Construction
  • Marine Parts & Equipment

Material Grade Considerations for Stainless Steel Sheets & Plates  

Stainless steel 304 and 316 both provide durability and corrosion resistance for indoor and outdoor applications. There are, however, a few slight differences between the two alloy grades that you should consider before selecting a material for your project.
 
Grade 304 stainless steel has a high nickel and chromium content, which provides excellent corrosion resistance. Stainless steel 304 is also nonmagnetic, has excellent formability, and is easy to fabricate, making it an excellent option for a broad range of light-duty and general-purpose applications.
 
Grade 316 stainless steel also has high nickel and chromium content, but the addition molybdenum further improves the corrosion resistance, especially against chlorides or chlorinated substances. These properties make grade 316 stainless steel sheet and plate an ideal choice for medical applications, marine environments, refining or chemical processing, and other highly corrosive environments.
 

Style Options for Stainless Steel Sheet & Stainless Steel Plate

We offer stainless steel sheet & stainless-steel plate in various alloys, finishes, thicknesses, and lengths for your unique industrial applications.
  • Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate: We provide stainless steel 304 and 316 plate and sheet in thicknesses up to 1/2” or 26 GA and 96” or 120” lengths. Finish options include #1 finish annealed plate, #8 mirror, 2B, or #4.
  • Perforated Stainless Steel Sheet: Our perforated stainless-steel sheets feature a staggered hole pattern with an option of hole sizes ranging from 1/8” to 3/4”. Choose from 16 GA or 20 GA thickness and 48” or 96” length.

Contact Industrial Metal Supply Today for your Stainless Steel Sheet & Plate Needs 

Industrial Metal Supply provides standard and specialty metals in a broad range of forms and sizes to meet your needs. We also provide metal services including cutting, sawing, grooving, notching, threading, and more for projects of any size.  
 
Browse our online selection of SS plate and SS sheet online to request a quote or contact us to discuss your metal needs. You can also stop by one of our Southern California or Arizona locations today to check out our diverse inventory of stainless steel sheet & plate products.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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