As fabrication and mechanical professionals, we’ve worked with a diverse variety of materials in residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Stainless steel is one of our most regularly utilized materials in all of these applications. Its numerous unique features, when combined, make it a great choice for many applications, and we thought we’d investigate all of the many benefits of stainless steel to demonstrate just how helpful it truly is.
A benefit of stainless steel that may not immediately spring to mind, but is particularly true and significant, is cleanliness. Because it is so simple to clean and sanitize, stainless steel is a very sanitary material. Because of its smooth, sheen-like, and non-porous surface, dirt, filth, and germs have a difficult time establishing themselves on its surface. When they occur, they are simply wiped away. Because of the simplicity of cleaning and maintenance, stainless steel is an ideal choice in areas where strict cleanliness is required. This is why professional kitchens are nearly entirely composed of stainless steel, and why it is widely used in hospitals, labs, and industries.
- Corrosion Resistance
One of the well-known properties of stainless steel is its resistance to corrosion. The inclusion of chromium content is the fundamental component that gives stainless steel its. Since its invention, stainless steel has progressed significantly, with many various types/grades available. We usually utilize 316-grade stainless steel, which includes 3% molybdenum. This improves its corrosion resistance against industrial acids and alkaline solutions and makes it very resilient in high saline situations (i.e. those by the sea). Because of its defining feature, it is widely applicable all across the world.
- Fire and Heat Resistance
Stainless steel’s durability as a material is a recurring topic throughout this site, and its resistance to fire and heat is an important component of that. Because of its oxidation resistance, even at high temperatures, stainless steel possesses this property. This allows it to keep its strength even in tough and high-temperature conditions. Again, chromium plays a key role in this regard, making stainless steel an excellent choice for fire resistance and prevention. In this aspect, it beats materials such as galvanized steel and aluminum.
- Strength and Impact Resistance
Stainless steel is a robust and long-lasting material with high impact resistance. One explanation for this is stainless steel’s resistance to brittleness at both high and low temperatures. Not only does this imply that the material will keep its shape, but it also means that at its melting point, it may be welded, cut, and fabricated. Interestingly, because of its resilience under cold working circumstances, it’s also a material that’s often utilized in cryogenic applications, demonstrating yet more how strong a material it is.
Another feature that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to stainless steel but is crucial as a worldwide concern is that it is a very sustainable material. Stainless steel is normally made up of roughly 70% scrap metal, which means that it is made up of what isn’t being used. Furthermore, it is 100% recyclable in its original form, which means it may be reused if it no longer serves its original purpose. It will not leak harmful chemicals during the recycling process, as some other materials do, reducing the requirement for mining the rarer elements that are essential in the production of stainless steel.
- Aesthetic Appearance
Another reason why many people choose stainless steel is its aesthetic aspect, which is somewhat superficial but not any less valid. Stainless steel is regarded as an elegant, appealing, and contemporary material since its invention. Many people regard it as a substance with a radiance that evokes a sense of purity. It is also a material that has withstood the test of time and, if anything, has grown in popularity as a functional and decorative option in homes and commercial facilities all over the world. It also complements and works well with the majority of other materials, styles, and colors.
- Long-Term Value
When you take into account stainless steel’s lifespan as well as all of the other advantages listed above, the entire life cycle cost of the material lines up nicely. Its rising prominence in our culture has boosted supplier rivalry, resulting in pricing that is as competitive as it has ever been. This, along with the fact that stainless steel has a very low maintenance cost, means you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck if you choose it as your material of choice. Given that it is also 100 percent recyclable, it is difficult to overlook stainless steel as a solution.
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