Benefits of Stainless Steel: Part I

The use of stainless steel has been expanded in recent years. It is now used to create industry parts, appliances, countertops, cups, plates, and much more, and its many beneficial qualities make it one of the strongest, most affordable, and reliable substances on the market.

Let’s start by defining Stainless Steel.

  • Stainless steel is low carbon steel that has high chromium content. The chromium content makes the metal uniquely resistant to corrosion by allowing for a chromium-rich oxide film to form on the surface of the metal. As long as the steel is kept in an oxygenized environment, it will heal itself should the surface be mechanically or chemically damaged.

These unique qualities make stainless steal one of the leading choices for material in many different applications, including architecture, design, manufacturing, and more. Given its high lifetime, stainless steel objects are seen as high cost products.

Many grades used in stainless steel sheets also have chromium and nickel alloys, making them heat and fire resistant. This makes them perfect for grills, as stainless steel grills won’t be damaged by high temperatures. They also have a clean cut, attractive aesthetic which makes them desirable.

When choosing stainless steel sheet metal, you need to consider the grade, as there are more than 80 currently in use. Common grades are 304 and 316, both of which are iron alloys with chromium and nickel. There is slightly more nickel in 316, making it more fire resistant. 316 also contains Molybdenum, which further improves the corrosion resistance of the metal. For these reasons, 304 is recommended for indoor use, while 316 is recommended for outdoor use.

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