16 gauge stainless steel sheet thickness

16 gauge stainless steel sheet thickness

Suppose a manufacturer has to produce a stainless steel sheet; he has to consider many aspects. These aspects include dimensions and grades from allocated standards. The physical performance of the sheet largely depends on its dimensions. Almost all standards specify a component’s length, width, and thickness. Speaking about a 16-gauge metal sheet, its thickness is approximately 0.064 inches. To put it in metric terms, that’s about 1.6mm.

Of the multiple devices that measure sheet thickness, a gauge wheel proves to be an accurate device. This metal circular disk has multiple drops at the circumference, with numbers at the drop’s curvature. Usually, the numbers are engraved, embossed, or printed. Every curve will have a specific size. A visual inspection will give the user a rough estimate of thickness. Follow the below-mentioned steps to find a sheet’s thickness –

  • Take a stainless steel metal sheet.
  • Now put the sheet in the wheel’s curve ensuring a good fit. Thus, they are perpendicular.
  • Observe the sheet. Does it sit into the curve; or is easily sliding away?
  • Repeat the process, guesstimate the closest fitting curve and rework steps 1 to 3.

Do this until the right fit is found. When the sheet fits the drop properly, you get the thickness of the sheet. 5. Take the reading of the number mentioned on the wheel’s curve. Suppose the reading is 14, refer to a gauge thickness chart to get its inch or metric measurement.

You have to align the tape ends to match the edges of the sheet. You will get the tape measurement in mm and inches. However, by chance, your tape gives you the measurement in mm; do a conversion! The conversion from mm to inches is to divide the gauge mm by 39.37.

Know how thick is 16 gauge thickness, view 16ga steel thickness in mm, inch and decimal

16 gauge sheet metal thickness chart

16 gauge sheet metal thickness chart equal to inch & mm

Sheet metal material Inch mm
16 gauge stainless steel sheet thickness 0.0625 inches or 1/16 inches 1.59 mm
16 gauge aluminium sheet thickness 0.0508 inches 1.29 mm
Sheet, 16 gauge steel thickness 0.0598 inches 1.52 mm
16 gauge galvanized sheet thickness 0.0635 inches 1.61 mm
16 gauge brass sheet thickness 0.05082 inches 1.291 mm
16 gauge copper sheet thickness 0.065 inches 1.651 mm

18 gauge vs 16 gauge stainless steel sheet


18 gauge vs 16 gauge stainless steel sheet

Check the tolerances of 16 gauge stainless steel sheet for grade 304/ 316

Tolerances of 16 gauge 304 2b finish stainless steel sheet

  • Tolerances: ± 0.006 | ± 0.15mm

16 gauge sheet weight chart

16ga steel weight chart, weight formula and thickness conversions chart

On comparing the weights of Stainless, carbon steel and aluminium; the lightest metal is aluminium. Because Stainless steel is highly alloyed it outweighs Aluminum. For Example – A 16 gauge steel sheet 2.5 Lbs per square foot. A 16 gauge Stainless steel sheet on the other hand is 2.52 Lbs per square foot. Both alloys have comparable weights due to their similar densities. Aluminium sheet weighs 0.717 Lbs per square foot because it is less dense than either of the two.

16 gauge sheet weight in kg & lbs
Thickness Weight Per Area
16 Gauge metal sheet Gauge in mm Ib/ft² kg/m²
16 gauge steel sheet 16 0.0598 1.519 2.44 11.911
16ga thickness galvanized sheet 16 0.0635 1613 2.59 12.648
16 gauge stainless steel sheet 16 0.0625 1.588 2.601 12.699
16 gauge aluminium sheet or aluminum sheet 16 0.0508 1.29 0.717 3.5

How to measure 16 gauge thickness?

View the best way to measure 16 gauge thickness sheet metal

There are various ready tools are available in market to measure sheet metal & wire thickness. Such tool is called Metal Thickness Gauge Tool.

Measure 16 gauge thickness

Metals with good ductile or malleable properties can be bent by hand with a mallet. Typically, these metals are produced with a thickness ranging from 1.6mm to 2mm. Beyond 2mm, manual bending becomes challenging. A mild heating process enables simple bends on the sheet. Using a mallet creates simple curves with lower force. Simple bends are achieved manually using a mallet on a 16-gauge sheet manually. Thick sheets that have complicated curves are shaped with a brake.

You can determine the gauge of a sheet with a gauge wheel. It precisely gauges without room for error. If you’re using measuring tape, you’ll get the gauge by finding the measurements. Experienced workers have the insight to comprehend the measurement. However, if you are a novice, you could measure the thickness and refer to a chart to get the appropriate gauge. Today, there are several websites to assist you with a chart.

A smaller gauge indicates greater thickness; therefore, a 14-gauge sheet is thicker than a 16-gauge one. Strength correlates with thickness in sheets. A high gauge would mean that the sheet is thin. Thinner sheets have reduced strength. Of course, you have to take into consideration the chemical composition of the alloy. High hardness characterizes carbon steel alloys. In defiance of typical expectations, it’s rather fascinating to note that an 18 gauge carbon steel sheet presents a thinner composition than its counterpart, the 14 gauge stainless steel sheet.

16 gauge thickness conversion chart

How you can convert 16 gauge to mm or 16 gauge thickness in inches?

You can use gauge to inches calculator or use below formula for approx values:

  • Gauge to mm (millimeters):
    mm = (GAUGE – 1) * 0.32486
  • Gauge to Inches:
    inches = (GAUGE – 1) * 0.010

Gauge thickness conversion chart

U.S.G. B.W.G.
Gauge (Ga) inch mm inch mm
6 0.2031 5.16 0.203 5.156
7 0.1875 4.76 0.18 4.572
8 0.1719 4.37 0.165 4.191
9 0.1563 3.97 0.148 3.759
10 0.1406 3.57 0.134 3.404
11 0.125 3.18 0.12 3.048
12 0.1094 2.78 0.109 2.769
13 0.0938 2.38 0.095 2.413
14 0.0781 1.98 0.083 2.108
15 0.0703 1.79 0.072 1.829
16 0.0625 1.59 0.065 1.651
17 0.0563 1.43 0.058 1.473
18 0.05 1.27 0.049 1.245
19 0.0438 1.11 0.042 1.067
20 0.0375 0.953 0.035 0.889

 

U.S.G. B.W.G.
Gauge (Ga) inch mm inch mm
21 0.0344 0.873 0.032 0.813
22 0.0313 0.794 0.028 0.711
23 0.0281 0.714 0.025 0.635
24 0.025 0.635 0.022 0.559
25 0.0219 0.556 0.02 0.508
26 0.0188 0.478 0.018 0.457
27 0.0172 0.437 0.016 0.406
28 0.0156 0.396 0.014 0.356
29 0.0141 0.358 0.013 0.33
30 0.0125 0.318 0.012 0.305
31 0.0109 0.277 0.01 0.254
32 0.0102 0.259 0.009 0.229
33 0.0094 0.239 0.008 0.203
34 0.0086 0.218 0.007 0.178
35 0.0078 0.198 0.005 0.127

Applications for 16 gauge aluminum sheet

Check the applications for 16 gauge aluminum sheet can be used
  • Automotive like doors, fenders etc.
  • Kitchen sinks and countertops
  • Aerospace structures & panel manufacturing
  • Marine decks
  • Construction
  • HVAC systems
  • Signages
  • General fabrication & DIY projects

Considering quality standards, a 16-gauge steel sheet proves sufficiently thick for household use, ensuring robustness and resilience. Depending on the alloy employed, a 16-gauge stainless sheet can boast of commendable corrosion resistance, and promising longevity for several years to come. At 1.6 mm thick, it works well as an economical choice for the installation of kitchen sinks.

16 gauge stainless steel sheet price

Length & Dimensions Weight FOB Price
12″x12″ 16ga sheet, Type 304 2.5200 lbs #2 Finish : US $43.40
2B Finish: US $38.18
12″x18″ 16ga sheet, Type 304 3.7800 lbs #2 Finish: US $57.32
2B Finish: US $49.78
12″x24″ 16ga sheet, Type 304 5.0400 lbs #2 Finish: US $71.12
2B Finish: US $61.37
16ga sheet, width 4, length 120″, Type 304 4.7304 WGT/FT(SQFT) #4 Finish: US $660.99
4×8 sheet metal 16 gauge, 304, stainless steel 2B Finish US $24.20
4×8 sheet metal 16 gauge, 309, stainless steel 2D Finish: US $48.75
4×8 sheet metal 16 gauge, 316, stainless steel 2B Finish US $32.25

Note: This is an approx price so you can negotiate with your vendor

Price of 16 gauge brass sheet

Thickness: .0641″

Length & Dimensions FOB Price
12″x12″ 16ga sheet, Brass 260 Mill Finish US $109.81
12″x18″ 16ga sheet, Brass 260 Mill Finish US $157.22
12″x24″ 16ga sheet, Brass 260 Mill Finish US $204.63

16 gauge aluminium sheet price

Length & Dimensions FOB Price
12″x12″ 16ga sheet, 3003-H14 Mill Finish US $28.80
12″x18″ 16ga sheet, 3003-H14 Mill Finish US $29.75
12″x24″ 16ga sheet, 3003-H14 Mill Finish US $34.67
4×8 sheet metal 16 gauge, 3003-H14 Mill Finish US $28.80

Price of 16 gauge copper sheet

Length & Dimensions FOB Price
12″x12″ 16ga sheet, Copper 110 Mill Finish US $100.96
12″x18″ 16ga sheet, Copper 110 Mill Finish US $129.62
12″x24″ 16ga sheet, Copper 110 Mill Finish US $186.92

16 ga wire thickness

  • 16 gauge aluminium/ stainless steel wire measures 0.051 inches or 1.29 mm

16 ga tube thickness

B.W.G Wall
Thickness
0.500 0.625 0.750 0.875 1.000 1.250 1.500 1.750 2.000
16 Ga 0.065 0.370 0.495 0.620 0.745 0.870 1.120 1.370 1.634 1.870
Note: 16 Gage and gauge imply the same dimensionless number; both spellings are acceptable.