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Storm Shelter Steel Gauge

Storm Shelter Quarter Inch Steel Plates


Our storm shelter uses Sheet metal whichl is metal formed by an industrial process into thin, flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metal working and it can be cut and bent into a variety of shapes in this case to manufacture steel tornado storm shelters. Countless everyday objects are fabricated from sheet metal because of its safety measures and thats why the the storm shelter industry relay on this material to protect its customers. However, not many consumer understand how to measure a storm shelter base on its sheet metal guage. The gauage of a storm shelter is referring to its thickness.


Thicknesses of a sheet metal can vary significantly; extremely thin sheets are considered foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than 6 mm (0.25 in) are considered plate. Sheet metal is available in flat pieces or coiled strips. The coils are formed by running a continuous sheet of metal through a roll slitter. A well fabricated tornado storm shelter or tornado saferoom should use nothing less than a 6mm (0.25 in) sheet metal. 


Here's how to understand tornado shelter steel thickness, remember the thicker the storm shelter thickness the more it will be safe. In the tornado storm shelter industry consumer will hear the world gauge use to measure the thickness of storm shelter for both below ground storm shelters and above ground saferooms. To put it in prospective, in most of the world, sheet metal thickness is consistently specified in millimeters. In the US, the thickness of sheet metal is commonly specified by a traditional, non-linear measure known as its gauge. It very easy to understand the thickness of the tornado storm shelter you is what you are looking for, the larger the gauge number, the thinner the metal. Safehand Storm Shelters are 10 gauage Shelters. Commonly used steel sheet metal ranges from 30 gauge to about 7 gauge. Gauge differs between ferrous (iron based) metals and nonferrous metals such as aluminum or copper; copper thickness, for example is measured in ounces, which represents the weight of copper contained in an area of one square foot.


There are many different metals that can be made into sheet metal, such as aluminium, brass, copper, steel, tin, nickel and titanium. For decorative uses, important sheet metals include silver, gold, and platinum (platinum sheet metal is also utilized as a catalyst. However, the metal that is proven to satisfy the need of the consumer looking to protect themself from deadly storm, tornado or home invasion is Steel. 


Fun facts, Sheet metal is used in automobile and truck (lorry) bodies, airplane fuselages and wings, medical tables, roofs for buildings (architecture) and many other applications. Sheet metal of iron and other materials with high magnetic permeability, also known as laminated steel cores, has applications in transformers and electric machines. Historically, an important use of sheet metal was in plate armor worn by cavalry, and sheet metal continues to have many decorative uses, including in horse tack. Sheet metal workers are also known as "tin bashers" (or "tin knockers"), a name derived from the hammering of panel seams when installing tin roofs. Click our shelters to view our below ground storm shelters and our above ground storm shelters.