Aluminum Diamond Plate
Aluminum diamond plate sheets are an easy, versatile way to increase traction in highly trafficked areas. The material and its texture offer several notable advantages, such as:
How Diamond Plate is Made
The manufacturing process is straightforward, starting in much the same way as a conventional sheet metal production method. However, when the sheets are rolled to achieve the appropriate thickness, there’s another step: the last set of rollers embosses or stamps the diamond pattern into the metal.
The way in which the pattern is created may vary slightly by application. For some applications, hot rolling machines are used to heat the metal before it is run through. In most aluminum diamond plate production runs, however, the design is stamped into the sheet. There are other, less common processes, but hot rolling and stamping allow for the cost-efficient manufacturing of diamond plate.
Aluminum Diamond Plate Types
Aluminum sheets are available in several types for use in various environments. For instance, 6061, 5052, and 3003 aluminum offer a high level of weldability, workability, and corrosion resistance, which make them popular in numerous industrial applications. Known as checker plate or diamond plate, one side of this material is embossed with a diamond pattern while the opposite side is completely smooth.
This distinctive texture provides traction, which makes it a great option for walkways and ramps. With the wide availability of diamond plate from local suppliers, it is easy to make any surface in a factory, warehouse, or job site more skid resistant. Along with an increase in traction, the aluminum is very resilient and durable. The corrosion resistance and strength of aluminum diamond plate allow it to work in the harshest environments. Because the material is so durable, it protects floors and other hard surfaces from the effects of daily foot traffic, heavy machinery usage, and corrosive chemicals.
Diamond Plate Works in Numerous Applications
Lightweight, durable aluminum diamond plate sheets work well in many industrial and commercial applications like:
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Aluminum Plate Grading
As mentioned above, various aluminum plate grades are there to meet different needs. Choose from these options based on the strength, corrosion resistance, weldability, and workability required for the project.
The Benefits of Aluminum Diamond Plate Sheets
Aluminum diamond plate is a good choice in cases where appearance and durability are crucial. It’s often used on kick plates, ramps, and in other places where materials are subjected to daily use. In the sections below, we’ll explain why it’s a great product for many commercial and industrial uses.
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When slip resistance, durability, low maintenance requirements, and good looks are important, aluminum diamond plate sheets are a great choice. Whether you’re building a truck bed liner, a loading ramp, an industrial floor, or any other commercial product, diamond plate is a cost-efficient material. Call today to consult one of our sheet metal experts.