There are many unique benefits associated with using stainless steel in a wide variety of projects and applications.
Unfortunately, many will overlook these advantages due to the higher cost of stainless steel compared to other materials.
However, if you are looking for a material that will increase the life of your project, stainless steel will ultimately be the best value in the long run.
The benefits of stainless steel include …
All stainless steels have a high resistance to corrosion. Low alloyed grade resist corrosion in atmospheric conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chloride bearing environments, even at elevated temperatures and pressures.
High and low temperature resistance
Some grades will resist scaling and maintain high strength at very high temperatures, while others show exceptional toughness at cryogenic temperatures.
The easy cleaning ability of stainless steel makes it the first choice for strict hygiene conditions such as hospitals, kitchens, abattoirs and other food processing plants.
The bright, easily maintained surface of stainless steel provides a modern and attractive appearance.
The work-hardening property of austenitic grades, that results in a significant strengthening of the material from cold-working alone, and the high strength duplex grades, allow reduced material thickness over conventional grades, therefore cost savings.
Ease of fabrication
Modern steel-making techniques mean that stainless can be cut, welded, formed, machined, and fabricated as readily as traditional steels.
Long term value
When the total life cycle costs are considered, stainless is often the least expensive material option.