Sheet metal is essentially what it says on the tin – thin, flat pieces of metal that can be cut or bent into a variety of shapes.
Sheets can vary tremendously in terms of thickness – very thin sheets are often referred to as leaf or foil, while thicker pieces are called plate. Technically speaking, sheet metal thickness is measured by a non-linear measure known as a gauge. The larger the gauge, the thinner the metal. Most sheet metal used is between 7 and 30 gauge.
Sheet metal can either be purchased in flat pieces, or in coiled strips, which are made by running a continuous sheet of metal through a roll slitter. Common applications include medical tables, airplane wings, car bodies, architecture (specifically roofing) and many others.
Stainless Steel Sheets
Stainless steel has always been an incredible product – but it’s gaining an even higher appreciation in today’s environmentally conscious world as it’s completely and 100% recyclable. In fact, many companies are actively sourcing recycled steel for a variety of uses in an effort to go ‘green’
Stainless steel sheets are usually an alloy of steel and chromium, and are thicker than foil or leaf, but thinner than plate. They are more flexible than plate metal, and can usually be flexed slightly by hand.
Stainless steel sheets have many structural and decorative applications, and can be found just about everywhere – from domestic appliances to military planes. When compared to other metals, stainless steel offers high resistance to heat, chemicals, rust and other forms of corrosion, which is why it’s so popular in the plumbing sector and marine industry.
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