About Stainless Steel Sheets
Stainless steel sheets and steel plates are fabricated for specific applications, typically related to degree of corrosion resistance required, as well as yield strength. Balanced for strength and resistance to corrosion, 304 alloy stainless steel sheets, for example, have low maintenance properties and are easily welded into machine parts, chemical processing equipment, cookware and more. The 316 alloy stainless steel sheet has a high yield strength and is our most corrosion resistant stainless steel sheet, making it well suited to marine applications and harsher environments. The 430 alloy stainless steel sheet is less resistant to corrosion, making it well suited for decorative applications such as trim. In addition to alloy type, sheets also vary by sheet width, length, thickness, gauge, hole pattern (for perforated sheets), metal mesh and finish, among other considerations. For more options on stainless steel for construction or welding, see our stainless steel rods and stainless steel tubes.