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Stainless Steel Beam & Channel Supplier

stainless steel grades and applications

From natural resource extraction to infrastructure creation, stainless steel channels and beams help keep commerce moving.  Texas Alloys & Tool supplies this metal alloy in various grades, profiles, sizes, and lengths. 

What is a stainless steel channel or beam? 

Stainless steel channels and beams are strong, corrosion-resistant iron-and-chromium alloys commonly used in structural and fabrication applications. While they have similar characteristics, their structural shape differs. Channels typically have a C-shape, whereas beams have I and H shapes. Custom shapes are also available.

These alloys contain at least 10.5 percent chromium by weight. The chromium content forms a robust and invisible corrosion-resisting oxide film on the material’s surface. Exact performance characteristics vary by grade, but here are common attributes of stainless steel beams and channels:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Fire and heat resistance
  • Easy to clean
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Easy to fabricate
  • Exceptional aesthetic value
  • Recyclable

Typical Uses for Stainless Steel Channels & Beams 

Stainless steel beams and channels from Texas Alloys & Tool are used in applications that require increased strength and superior corrosion resistance. Examples include: 

  • Supports
  • Braces
  • Framing
  • Oil & gas equipment
  • Marine uses
  • Food processing equipment 

Your Stainless Steel Beam & Channel Source 

Texas Alloys & Tool has an extensive inventory of stainless steel channel and beam products, allowing us to fulfill client requests on time and at an affordable price. No matter what shape you need, our expert team has you covered.


Stainless steel channel-shaped beams, which are often called stainless steel channels, feature top and bottom flanges with a connecting web. They’re commonly used as cost-effective support in shorter buildings.


I-shaped beams have two parallel flanges with a vertical web. This type of beam contains a web that effectively resists shearing forces, while the flanges resist external bending forces.


Shaped like the letter “H”, it provides superior strength and support. This beam type is typically used to support bulk weights and loads. 

Industry-Leading Grade Selection

Material selection is one of the most significant decisions for any project. The performance characteristics of materials play a pivotal role in an application’s long-term success. That’s why Texas Alloys & Tool carries stainless steel channels and beams in a variety of grades. 

Available Grades
Stainless Steel
303 Stainless Steel Type 303 is a non-magnetic, austenitic stainless steel grade. It’s easy to fabricate and offers outstanding resistance to heat and oxidation when exposed to temperatures up to 760 degrees Celsius. Quote »
304/304L Stainless Steel The most common grade of stainless steel. It can develop high strength by cold working. Its primary benefit is corrosion resistance. Quote »
310 Stainless Steel A low-carbon austenitic stainless steel type. It has superb corrosion resistance and isn’t prone to thermal fatigue or cyclic heating. It exhibits good strength in temperatures up to 2100 degrees Fahrenheit. Quote »
316/316L Stainless Steel A stainless steel grade that features a heightened amount of molybdenum. It offers increased resistance to chloride corrosion. Quote »
Alloy 20 Stainless Steel Also called Carpenter® 20 and Incoloy® 20, this is an austenitic nickel-iron-chromium alloy. Performance characteristics include resistance to corrosion, crevice corrosion, and pitting. Quote »
416 Stainless Steel A highly machinable, low-cost martensitic stainless steel. It offers resistance to freshwater, acids, alkalis, and air. It’s less resistant to corrosion than austenitic steels. Quote »
440 Stainless Steel Type 440 Stainless Steel is a hardenable high-carbon chromium steel. It exhibits good corrosion and abrasion resistance. Quote »
630 Stainless Steel A corrosion-resistant stainless steel grade that’s magnetic and easily weldable. It loses some toughness at higher temperatures. Quote »
17-4 Stainless Steel 17-4 PH, also known as UNS S17400, is a martensitic precipitation-hardening stainless steel. It offers good corrosion resistance and high strength. Quote »

Your Stainless Steel Source

At Texas Alloys & Tool, our specialty is high-quality stainless steel. We can source and deliver stainless steel channels and beams in the size, shape, and grade you require. If you’re unsure which type is best, our expert team is here to help. 

Contact us for more information about stainless steel structural shapes.

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