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Benefits of using stainless steel
Almost everyone has seen or used stainless steel at some point in their lives, and this is for a very good reason. Stainless steel is a remarkably effective choice of material, mainly due to its corrosion resistance, strength and ease of cleaning. In this blog post, Mascot Steel will be shedding some light on stainless steel’s major benefits over alternative materials. Read on to discover how stainless steel can add value to your project and provide stunning results for years to come.
What is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a term used to describe any corrosion resistant alloy steel which contains at least 10.5% chromium content, which is responsible for corrosion resistance. There are thousands of different grades of stainless steel, with each grade offering different strength, temperature and corrosion resistance qualities and being suited to different purposes. Stainless steel is commonly used in the construction of buildings, within commercial kitchens, breweries, appliances and much more.
Why use stainless steel over alternative materials?
Not only is stainless steel aesthetically pleasing, it is also long lasting because it is resistant to largely stains and corrosion. It is extremely easy to care for, as it is a smooth surface which does retains much less moisture or debris. This makes it the default choice for the hospitality and medical industries, where sanitation and cleanability is of key importance.
Stainless steel is a high-quality product that also looks the part. It is available in brushed, polished, blasted, coloured or etched finishes which makes it suitable for any project. It is also offered in a huge range of shapes and sizes including mesh, sheet and plate, and it can easily be cut to size according to your requirements. Stainless steel is self-repairing, in that it will rebuild a protective layer whenever oxygen is present. Issues such as scratching lead to early replacement all too often with cheaper materials.
Recyclable and Environmentally Friendly
Whilst the manufacturing process for stainless steel is energy-intensive and results in some pollution, the finished product itself is considered to be environmentally friendly as it will last far longer than alternative materials and at the end of its lifespan it can be recycled. It can be turned into a brand new products and will retain its original qualities. It is also possible to reclaim the chromium and nickel, which can be recycled. There is a massive worldwide market for scrap steel and this is good for the industry because it reduces landfill and ensures that most products contain around 60% recycled material.
Stainless steel is a popular choice of materials in the engineering and building industries due to its thermal reflectance properties, as well as low glare reflectance. It can be seen on the roof of airports all around the world, and the benefits are twofold: it will not cause significant glare, and it will also help to make for a cooler environment with the roof remaining close to ambient temperature.
Some industries require stainless steel to undergo treatment, and Mascot Steel can assist in this regard. We provide industry standard purging services for pipe work projects, such as for breweries, food grade equipment and pharmaceutical facilities.
Stainless steel is the ideal choice for any project due to the fact it is:
- Highly Durable
- Rust and Stain Resistant
- Resistant to high/low temperatures
- Easy to Clean/Hygienic
- Better for the environment
- A great long-term investment that will look great and require minimal maintenance
Mascot Steel can carry out all manner of steel fabrication and polishing. We can create sheets, plates, bars, wire, angles, box sections, pipes, SHS, RHS, structural – UB and UC and we cater to a wide variety of industries/projects including:
- residential dwellings
- commercial buildings
- staging and theatre
- food services and kitchens
- industrial equipment
- storage tanks
- tankers for chemicals and food products
- letter/mail boxes
- shop and office fit outs
Contact us today – Working with Steel Made Easy
Contact us today on 02 9313 1313 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project or fabrication needs. It goes without saying that we know steel, and our friendly team is standing by ready to assist with your enquiry.