There are a wide range of stainless steel sheets today. They are all a part of the austenitic family of stainless steel. Austenitic steel is widely used because it is highly versatile. Stainless steel is used for many purposes for example food processing and handling. Stainless steel can also be applied in producing pharmaceutical equipment, conveyors, chemical process vessels and marine equipment. Discussed below are the most common types of stainless steel sheet.
The 304 stainless steel sheets #4 finish is common in kitchen appliances and backsplashes. It has a PVC surface film on its side to help in protecting it from scratching during installation and fabrication. The 304 stainless steel sheet #8 mirror possesses a non directional finish that resembles a mirror. This type of steel also has a highly polished finish. It does not have a finishing or coating hence it has reflectivity. It also comes with a double layer of PVC that serves the purpose of protecting the mirror film during installation and fabrication.
The 304 stainless steel 2B finish has a mill finish that is very smooth. It is different from the common finish that is seen in the kitchen. This finish is gray in color and it may not have a protecting film on one side. This helps to prevent it from scratching. The 316 stainless steel sheet #8 mirror has a finish that looks like a mirror. It also has a highly polished finish and has a double layer of PVC film to protect the mirror from fabrication and installation.
The 304 stainless steel bright annealed finish is another common type of stainless steel sheet. It is made from cold rolled stainless steel that is usually annealed in controlled atmosphere. This is done in order to bring a highly reflective finish. This type of stainless steel sheet may appear to be similar to the stainless steel sheet #8 mirrors. Additionally, this annealed sheet has a PVC film on one side in order to protect if from scratching during installation.
The 316L stainless steel sheet #4 finish is common in backsplashes and in kitchen appliances. It has a PVC film on one side that helps to prevent it from scratching during fabrication.
The 316 stainless steel sheet 2B finish has a mill finish that is smooth. It does not have a protective film in order to prevent it from scratching. The 430 stainless steel sheet #4 finish is also common on backsplashes and kitchen appliances and has a PVC film to protect it against scratching.
The types discussed above are the most common types of sheets and are highly recommended due to their high quality.