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Why Care About Anti-Corrosive Properties of Stainless Steel for Grills?

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-30-2014

Have you ever wondered why a number of consumer barbecue grills are made out of stainless steel? The fact is that most people like to have their barbecues outside on the patio or backyard, which means that’s where it’s most convenient to keep their grills. Unfortunately, grills are often susceptible to wind and dirt, and rain and other elements. In fact, the presence of a swimming pool near your grill can harm it, because of the moisture. This is why good grills are made of stainless steel, as stainless steel barbecue grills are made of a material that possesses hardy anti-corrosion properties, perfect for preserving the health of your grill and extending its life.

Corrosion in metal results in rust, which undermines the strength and integrity of the material. That’s why stainless steel is so helpful, because it’s an alloy that borrows anti-corrosive properties from chromium. Of course, even under the broad category of stainless steel, it’s not just any stainless steel that will get the job done. Stainless steel sheet metal comes in a range of different grades, and most consumer grills fall within a narrow range. What you want is a 304 stainless sheet barbecue grill that’s well-built and designed for durability. You also have to watch out for brands that claim their grill is stainless steel, when it’s really just a cheap knockoff. If you do your research and spend enough to get something of quality, you’ll be sure to benefit from the many positive properties of stainless steel sheet for your stainless steel barbecue grill.

The Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash versus Other Materials

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-28-2014

The Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash versus Other Materials

What’s the main rationale behind people who install stainless steel backsplashes for kitchens instead of other materials, such as glass, ceramic, solid wood or marble? It has to do with the fact that stainless steel is easier to maintain, easier to clean, and more durable than alternative choices for materials in your kitchen’s backsplash. Don’t forget that the primary purpose of any kitchen backsplash is to protect the wall by preventing it from getting stained or damaged. Stainless backsplashes fulfill their namesake, as anything that lands on the backsplash is unlikely to stain or cause unsightly damage to occur.

Durability is another important perk of stainless steel sheet versus other materials. You know that glass can break, wood can splinter and crack, and marble can lose its luster. With stainless steel, you have the benefit of a material that’s resistant to rust and which isn’t going to fall apart or degrade for decades. What’s more, if you like the look of stainless steel, you can be confident that it won’t lose its attractive sheen for at least 20 years. It’s also nice to know that you can clean and polish it with ease, if it ever does get oil spatters or dirt on it from cooking. In the end, stainless steel backsplashes for kitchens are a great way to go, particularly when pitted against the other common materials used in backsplashes.

The Universal Aesthetic Appeal of Stainless Steel

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-23-2014

There are a number of different factors to consider when outfitting the kitchen in your home, but one of the most important things to keep in mind is aesthetics. As someone who spends a great deal of time in your kitchen, you deserve to have it look good and to appeal to your particular sense of style. It just so happens that, on top of important benefits like longevity and low maintenance, stainless steel kitchen appliances offer an important aesthetic appeal that isn’t available in other styles. As an example, getting a stainless steel backsplash panel instead of tile provides a clean and attractive style that is universally appealing.

In fact, that’s a crucial reason why stainless steel sheet metal is a good choice for your home’s kitchen. Stainless steel is a classic and neutral scheme that works with any color of cabinets, countertops, flooring, and more. It’s a big challenge to try to put together a kitchen with disparate styles, but stainless steel kitchen appliances and backsplashes work with any design. On top of that, stainless steel is still a highly popular and desirable look to find in homes today, which means you can increase your home’s resale value and appeal to a greater number of buyers. It’s abundantly clear that stainless steel sheet metal is a great choice for your kitchen, as something that works well with a number of different decors and which appeals to people from all walks of life.

Is Stainless Steel Obsolete as a Home Décor Choice?

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-21-2014

Is Stainless Steel Obsolete as a Home Décor Choice?

Recently, home appliance maker Whirlpool announced that it would begin selling a line of appliances with a new white ice exterior. The sleek and modern design has turned heads, and it begs the question: Is stainless steel going to be obsolete as a choice for home décor in your kitchen? To answer this, it helps to consider the precedent. Since stainless steel first started appearing in homes more than 25 years ago, it has had remarkable staying power. Any new trend or fad in appliances will have an uphill climb to supplant stainless steel kitchen appliances as the dominant choice.

Perhaps the most telling point is the fact that Whirlpool hasn’t discontinued its stainless steel offerings. It’s still easy to find high quality stainless steel sheet used for everything from refrigerators and counters, to grills and backsplashes. While some new homes might try to accommodate a more modern style with bold white or black appliances, there is still a wide range of practical benefits to owning stainless steel, such as low maintenance, ease of cleaning, and a long life. Beyond those, many people still appreciate the aesthetics of stainless steel, so to say it is obsolete is just silly. With all of these benefits, and more, it’s likely that you’ll see plenty of people continuing to buy stainless steel for their homes in the future.

Why Install a Stainless Steel Kitchen Hood and Backsplash?

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-16-2014

Stainless steel kitchens are still widely popular in many homes, and are considered fashionable and useful for a wide variety of reasons. However, if you don’t want to spend the money to remodel your entire kitchen, you can choose to buy a few stainless steel accessories, instead.

A popular choice is that of stainless steel kitchen hoods and backsplashes. A hood is a part of your stove that ventilates your stove and gets rid of smoke, and a backsplash lines your kitchen walls behind the stove to help with splatter. In a stainless steel kitchen, there are a lot of accessories you can get without totally remodeling the entire room.

Both stainless steel hoods and backsplashes are fairly inexpensive, and, with Starland Metals, we can customize your backsplash so that it fits perfectly into your kitchen. Backsplashes start at just $20, and you can find hoods for only a few hundred dollars.

Having just a few accessories like these in your kitchen can really modernize the room with minimal effort. Stainless steel, in addition to being easy to clean, is non-corrosive and elegant. Having a stainless steel backsplash will also help keep you kitchen walls tidy and un-splattered by food. Unlike paint and wood, food particles and grease are easy to clean off of stainless steel, and the metal won’t wear out after multiple cleanings.

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune, then small upgrades like stainless steel backsplashes and hoods are the way to go.

Industrial Stainless Steel Tool Cabinets for Your Home and Work

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-14-2014

Industrial Stainless Steel Tool Cabinets for Your Home and Work

When you need a tool cabinet either in your garage at home, or at work, you want something that will withstand years of use, as well as dirt, grease, and maybe even a dent or two.  Ordinary wood cabinets are no good in garages used for home tools or work tools. For one, they can potentially be exposed to weather if your garage isn’t always airtight or covered, and this can lead to mold or just make the wood unstable.

If you don’t want to replace your wooden tool cabinets after a year or so, you need something more durable. You can go with lesser metals and that may last you for a few more years. However, other metals are not as strong as stainless steel and are more prone to becoming dented, bent, or corroded.

To really protect your tools and provide a strong shelter for your garages, you need an industrial strength stainless steel tool cabinet. Not only are stainless steel cabinets easy to clean and maintain, they will also last years longer than wood or other inferior metals. They won’t dent as easily, unless you back a truck over them, and they also resist corrosion.

With Starland Metals, we take it one step further and customize your tool cabinet to fit your workplace. All of our stainless steel cabinets are industrial strength and don’t have exposed nuts or bolts. Also, each shelf can withstand up to 300 lbs. of weight. If you need something strong to protect your tools and store a wide variety of shop accessories, then you need Starland Metal’s industrial stainless steel tool cabinets.

The Benefits of Stainless Steel BBQ Grills

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-09-2014

Before the next grilling season starts, make sure your grill is able to meet your outdoor cooking needs. Maybe you don’t have a grill, or perhaps you need to replace your worn out model. What you need to do before purchasing another grill is to consider on what type of surface you will be cooking. Stainless steel is the ultimate metal for grills, because they handle high temperatures, they stand up with repeated use year after year, and they provide a non-stick surface on which to cook.

In addition to this, they are also stain resistant, which is crucial for any outdoor cooking appliances. Unlike some porcelain and cast iron grills, stainless steel is easy to clean, and, when you wipe up any spills immediately after cooking, you can extend the life of your grill even further.

Cleaning your grill after cooking is important with stainless steel BBQ grills. Other types of grills may not require this, but they will break down much faster and won’t provide a cooking surface as effective and durable as stainless steel. A standard stainless steel cleaner is all you need to keep your grill shiny, as well as spot and smudge-free.

Though a stainless steel BBQ grill may cost more than a cast iron or porcelain grill, they will last years longer, especially when you keep it clean. Furthermore, stainless steel grills are typically larger than other grills, so you will have a larger surface to cook on and can cook more food at one time. This is a great benefit for family cookouts and camping. If you need something more portable, however, Starland Metals also offers a portable tailgate series of stainless steel grills. Browse our selection, today, for the BBQ that fits your outdoor grilling needs.

Buying Stainless Steel Replacement Parts and Accessories

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-07-2014

Buying Stainless Steel Replacement Parts and Accessories

Stainless steel kitchens and appliances have become rapidly popular over the last decade. Compared to other materials, like tile and laminate, stainless steel is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and easy to clean. Though your appliances and kitchen accessories won’t wear out quickly, with consistent daily use your parts may eventually need to be replaced.

Buying stainless steel replacements is much simpler than replacing tile and laminate, because you don’t have to match colors and textures. Purchasing new knobs and starters for your stainless steel grill is easy and inexpensive, with Starland Metals. All our grill replacement parts are easy to install and you can order them online.

In addition to BBQ replacement parts, you can also replace other worn out accessories, like wall mounted coat hangers, which are also useful for hanging pots and pans. If you already have a stainless steel kitchen, but haven’t invested in a backsplash, we provide free custom cutting so that a backsplash fits snuggly into any kitchen. Backsplashes start as low as $20 and help with splashing problems, even for kitchens that aren’t outfitted with stainless steel.

You can customize your accessories with Starland Metals. Simply send us a drawing or sketch of the items you want us to fabricate from stainless steel, and we’ll send you a quote the same day. Our only condition is that work pieces can’t be over 2770 lbs. Other than that, anything you want to fabricate from stainless steel for your kitchen, garage, or workplace is possible with Starland Metals.

Using Stainless Steel Fabrication to Make Your Own Parts

 :: Posted by MelW on 01-02-2014

Starland Metals not only provide a ton of stainless steel accessories for BBQs and stainless steel kitchens, we also provide stainless steel fabrication and forming services. We can fabricate almost any piece, provided we have a drawing and the piece weighs under 2770 lbs. If you need a part for:

  • Cars
  • Bikes
  • Hobby Projects
  • Home and Garage Appliances
  • Farm Appliances

We can help you create the piece you need out of durable and long-lasting stainless steel. Starland Metals is equipped with three state-of-the-art forming centers, and we employ skilled operators that have been trained extensively on how to program and operate our advanced fabrication and forming equipment. We provide accurate and consistent bends and forms on all our sheet metal designs, and we’ll do the same for your custom designed pieces.

You don’t need to have your own equipment to make the stainless steel pieces you need. Just send us your drawing, and we’ll provide you with a same day price quote. Also, you can simply send us a sketch, and we’ll provide you with a free drawing of your piece. Our machines can handle sheet sizes up to 160″x80″, and our brake presses have the strength and power you need to fabricate even complex sheet metal parts and pieces.

We ship speedily through UPS or other truck freight transportation, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and reasonable prices. Check out what we can do for you by filling out a free quote today.