How to Buy a Stainless Steel Sheet

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Look for various grades and finishes when buying stainless steel.

How can you tell if the steel sheet you are buying is worth the price?  What should you look at to determine if it is right for your project?  Before purchasing a stainless steel sheet there are a few things to look for.  Here is a guideline on how to buy a stainless steel sheet to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Check Out the Finish

Are you looking for a modern, sleek look or a more industrial makeover?  Imagine what you wish the final project to look like and allow that vision to guide you through the finishing options.  It makes the buying process easier if you already have in mind what you desire.

Steel comes in different finishes that serve various aesthetic purposes.  For instance, a satin finish is a technique that creates a soft sheen to the metal.  The affect is created by a soft-scrubbing method leaving the metal looking shiny.  A brushed finish provides the metal with a pattern formed from small scratches all running in a matching direction.  A mirror polish provides the steel sheet with a gleaming, smooth look.  These are all things to consider before making your purchase.

Choose a Grade

I have written extensively about different steel grades and the objective of each one (see How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel).  I am reminding you about it now because deciding on what grade should definitely be another determining factor aiding you to make your decision.

To find out more about what stainless steel or nickel alloy is right for you, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are your worldwide distributor available to answer your questions and meet your needs.

 

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