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When budgeting or estimating a project that requires steel plate or any steel material, it is often challenging to find a ballpark material cost without speaking to a steel supplier. This article looks at the common factors that impact the cost of steel plate, and highlights situations and behaviors that impact price.

Some applications of steel plate require additional finishing and processing to remove mill scale (a flaky surface that forms as a result of steel manufacturing), cut to a specific size or thickness and more. This article will review the most common types of processes and highlight the differences between them.