316 Stainless Steel Sheets and Pricing

September 28, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, Structural by

Pricing for Stainless Steel Sheets316 Stainless Steel Sheets

Stainless Steel sheet prices vary, depending on a number of factors, such as:

  • Size
  • Quantity
  • Dimensions
    • Measured in Ga. units
  • Sub metal type
    • e.g., 304-2B Mill Finish
    • 309-2D Mill Finish
    • 316 Mill Finish
    • 430-2B Mill Finish, etc.

Typically, stainless steel sheets run anywhere between $200-$800, dependant upon the aforementioned factors (and, namely, quantity).

To request a quote for your specific needs, please contact us today .

What is 316 Stainless Steel?

Unlike conventional chromium-nickel austenitic stainless steels, Alloy 316 is a molybdenum-bearing austenitic stainless steel, which means it’s more resistant to chemical corrodents, marine atmospheres and to general corrosion and pitting and crevice corrosion. 316 stainless steel sheets offer higher creep, stress-to-rupture and tensile strength at elevated temperatures.

Fabricating and Forming

Alloy 316 is often fabricated into a variety of shapes, both simple and complex.

This steel can be pierced, blanked and formed much like carbon steel, and has great ductility, which allows it to bend, stretch and spin more easily. However, unlike carbon steels, 316 stainless steel has a greater strength and hardens more vigorously, requiring more powerful equipment to form and fabricate it.

Because these alloys offer a higher level of fabricability and formability, 316 stainless steel is ideal for:

Soap and photographic handling materials

  • Food processing equipment
  • Architectural needs
  • Pharmaceutical processing equipment
  • Petroleum and oil refinement tools


Because of the presence of chloride or other halide ions enhanced in higher chromium, molybdenum and nitrogen content (such as the content found in 316 stainless steel sheets), there is a greater resistance to pitting and/or crevice corrosion.

The molybdenum-bearing Alloy 316 also has the ability to handle waters with up to about 2,000 ppm chloride and can be mixed successfully in sea water with about 19,000 ppm chloride (though this steel is not recommended for use in salt water). However, 316 stainless steel sheets can be considered for some marine environment usages, such as boat rails and facades of buildings or structures near the ocean that may be exposed to salt spray.

Alloy 316 has a strong resistance to oxidation and has a low rate of scaling in temperatures up to 1600°F. Alloy 316 cannot be hardened by heat treatment.

All materials supplied by St. Louis Pipe and Supply will meet or exceed ASTM, ASME, ANSI and/or API standards, per your required specifications including full documentation. The items are available in domestic or import from stock, but if a particular item is not in stock at the moment of you request, we guarantee same day shipping or shortest lead time available.

If you have any questions about 316 stainless steel sheets, please feel free to contact us. Or if you’re looking for stainless steel sheet prices, allow us to give you a quote.

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