When your truck needs a new grille (or a new grille mesh), it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options on the market. We’ll help you narrow down your options. One of the first decisions you need to make is the type of material you want used to manufacture your new grille or mesh. To help you reach an educated decision, let’s discuss the 4 most common materials used to build truck grille mesh.
An aluminum grille mesh is a lightweight part. In fact, it's about one third the weight of steel. Aluminum grilles are a popular option because they don't rust. Yet, aluminum is prone to pitting. If you live in an area where a lot of road salt is used, the appearance of an aluminum grille can go downhill in a few short years.
Aluminum grilles have some other drawbacks. They are prone to:
Aluminum grilles may look good, but they don't provide as much protection as stainless steel.
One of the grille’s main functional purposes is to protect the radiator. That’s why it’s important to have a strong grille. When it comes to strength and durability, you can’t go wrong with stainless steel. This metal brings many benefits, including:
The only drawback of getting a stainless steel grille mesh is upfront cost. A well built stainless steel mesh may cost a little more than other grilles. Yet, it’s a great investment because stainless steel grilles are stronger and last much longer than grilles made with other materials.
Poorly protected plate steel grilles are pretty common. Here's a couple good examples:
Poorly protected steel with significant deterioration. Images via T-REX Grilles
Steel sheet metal is a thin, relatively lightweight type of steel. For the same thickness, it's stronger than aluminum. It's not a common material for grilles, though, because it's not as practical as other options. Here are some drawbacks of using a sheet metal grille mesh:
A plastic grille mesh is likely the cheapest option in this list. It has several benefits:
You get what you pay for, though. A plastic grille mesh may cost little upfront, but it won't last long. It doesn't provide much (if any) protection. Plastic is very easy to break. Once a plastic grille mesh breaks, the radiator is left vulnerable.
Also, plastic grilles are pretty difficult to paint. If you decide to DIY, the project may turn out looking terrible. And there's no point in hiring a professional to paint a plastic grille mesh.
It's clear that stainless steel is the best option. Royalty Core is a leading brand for stainless steel grilles. We make a variety of stainless steel mesh styles, as well. All our mesh styles are optimized for safety and durability. When you order a stainless steel grille from us, you'll get to choose between these mesh styles. You won't only be getting a good looking custom grille, but you'll also get a strong and durable grille mesh.