Steel Plate & Sheet Metal

Steel Sheet & Plate Material Options

Steel sheet and plate products are manufactured from several 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.
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 for steel sheet & plateget in touch with our sales team for answers to your questions.

Differentiating Hot Rolled & Cold Rolled Steel

Technical differences in the processing of both hot rolled and cold rolled steel sheet and plate dictate the physical features of each metal. Both types of metal are initially processed hot rolled. However, cold rolled steel plate and sheet receive additional processing after the metal has cooled to room temperature.
Hot Rolled Steel Plate & Sheet Features
  • Dry or oil-free finish
  • Rough and scaly surface
  • Rounded material edges
Cold Rolled Steel Plate & Sheet Features
  • Oily or greasy finish
  • Smooth surface
  • Sharp edges

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.
Hot rolled steel and plate products are available as standard hot rolled or hot rolled P & O. Common hot rolled steel specifications include HR A36, HR A1011, and HR A1018.
  • 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

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. The additional labor and time for processing adds to the cost but allows for closer dimensional tolerances and provides a wide range of finishing options.
This form of steel has a smoother finish and is used in applications requiring a specific surface condition and dimensional tolerance. Typical specifications for CR steel include ASTM A653, ASTM A879 CQ, ASTM A1008, and CQ SAE 1008.
  • Holds tighter tolerances than hot rolled steel
  • Up to 20% stronger than hot rolled steel
  • Enhanced surface finish
  • Aesthetically pleasing

High-Strength Steel Plate

The difference between steel sheet and steel 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 its low maintenance versatility.
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Durability
  • Strength-to-weight ratio

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
  • Excellent high volume discount pricing
  • Custom cut to size metal production
  • ISO 9001 certified

Upload Competitor Pricing Quotes

IMS now allows you to upload competitor pricing directly through our checkout and shipping portal. Upload your competitor's pricing, and we’ll do our best to match or beat their pricing and lead 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.

Expert Advice for Your Steel & Metal Supply Needs

IMS is proud to have employees who know a lot about metal. However, we are not in a position legally or professionally to offer technical advice. We are happy to answer your questions without charge. By doing so, we will have no obligation or liability for the advice or the results. Any recommendation we offer is given and accepted at the buyer's risk.

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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