No doubt inspired by our recent Hot or Not post on pegboard, Roscoe writes: “I hate regular fiber-board pegboard, but Alligator Board is a brand of metal pegboard that I personally like. The big advantage to metal is that the hooks don’t pull through the board when overloaded, tearing out the holes. Two other big advantages to this product are that it is sold in stainless steel — so it’ll look sharp for a long time — and it has a pre-formed edge on it so no furring strips are necessary to install it. It isn’t real cheap compared with pegboard, but I think it’s worth it for a couple pieces to hang horizontally above a workbench. Don’t forget the huge time-savings in not cutting a 4×8 sheet down or buying and cutting furring strips. Alligator even includes stainless screws, so installation is quick and easy: all you’ll need is a screw gun and a level.”
Nice stuff! The product site suggests that it’s “ideal for restaurants and medical facilities,” which sounds cool to me. And it’s not all that incredibly expensive at $70 for two 16″x32″ pieces. Yeah, that’s more than standard pegboard, but not out of the realm of reasonability.
A quick Froogle search shows that metal pegboard’s also available from a variety of sources, including at least one place that sells a 2′ x 4′ aluminum version for $70 as well. It looks like there’s some selection available if this is the way you want to go.