In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the different kinds of sheet metal you may see in the metal world. There are several varieties here, including both steel and other metal types, and the type chosen will have a big impact on everything from basic characteristics to the common applications of a given sheet metal.
At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to offer a wide range of steel sheet options, including various thicknesses and rolling themes depending on your needs and that of your project. What are some of the other forms of metal sheet you might run into, whether it’s a steel variety or others that are commonly used in this world? Today’s part two of our blog series will finish up with a few additional material and manufacturing options for sheet metal.
We went over carbon steel in part one of our series, and technically speaking, galvanized steel is a form of carbon steel. The major difference, as the name indicates: After the steel has gone through its normal manufacturing process, it will then go through an additional galvanizing process, one that coats zinc oxide around the entire exterior surface of the steel.
This zinc oxide is in place to prevent rust risks from taking place on the steel, and it’s extremely important. It allows for galvanized steel sheet to be used in applications like automotive parts or greenhouse equipment, irrigation pipes and others where corrosion is a risk – simple carbon steel will not be able to be used in many of these scenarios. Galvanized steel may not be quite as generally beneficial as stainless steel, which has both corrosion resistance and a few other valuable properties, but it’s still great for those where corrosion is a risk.
Moving outside the steel world briefly, aluminum is another option that’s sometimes used for low-weight applications. Aluminum is about a third of the density of steel, plus has good corrosion resistance properties as well, which makes it good for some boat components, cookware or various auto or aerospace parts.
Finally, for any situation where electrical conductivity is important, copper sheet might be considered as well. It’s often found in resistance welding equipment, for instance, or in various battery systems. Copper sheet is also a strong aesthetic option, plus is highly malleable – this also makes it a popular choice in various home décor and artwork settings, including as a rustic design element that also stands up well against wear-and-tear.
For more on the different kinds of metal sheet and how they’re used in the world today, or to learn about any of our steel sheet, steel bar or other steel product, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.