Stainless steel provides several unique benefits that make it a powerful candidate when selecting your material. Engineers, architects, and designers often underestimate or overlook these values due to the higher initial cost of stainless steel. However, over the total life of a project, this material is often the best value option.
- Corrosion resistance
Lower alloyed grades resist corrosion in atmospheric and pure water environments, while high-alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions and chlorine bearing environments, properties which are utilised in process plants.
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.
- Aesthetic appearance
The bright and easily maintained surface of stainless steel creates a modern and attractive appearance.
- Strength-to-weight advantage
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, providing cost savings.
- Ease of fabrication
Modern steel-making techniques mean that stainless steel can be cut, welded, formed, machined and fabricated as readily as traditional steels.
- Long-term value
When the total lifecycle costs are considered, stainless steel is often the least expensive material option.