Steel Fabrication Services Pty Ltd specialises in complete, cost-effective steel fabrication solutions. While we work with many types of steel, we are often asked about stainless steel and the benefits that it offers to a number of projects.
While stainless steel is sometimes criticised for its high initial cost, it is a dependable metal, and its long-term value certainly outweighs the initial investment. Read on to learn why stainless steel is a great option for your next project.
What is stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a generic term for a family of alloy steels containing 10.5% or more chromium. Due to the unique, chromium-rich composition of stainless steel, it has a range of beneficial properties, allowing it to have a diverse range of applications. Check out some of the great advantages of stainless steel below.
Stainless Steel is non-degradable and 100% recyclable. Therefore, it is recycled to produce more steel, and this process goes on indefinitely. In fact, over 50% of stainless steel that has been currently produced, comes from previously used stainless steel scraps which have been melted down and repurposed.
Ease of fabrication
The majority of stainless steels can be cut, welded, formed, machined and fabricated with significant ease for the fabricator. This can cut back on turnaround times and improve project efficiency. The only time a fabricator will see issues with stainless steel is if their equipment is outdated. Luckily, at Steel Fabrication Services, we pride ourselves in having the best quality machinery available on the market.
One of the most outstanding benefits of stainless steel is its extreme level of corrosion resistance. This is because of the high percentage of chromium present in stainless steel’s composition. Low alloyed grades of stainless steel 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.
Another benefit of stainless steel is the extreme strength that it can offer, making it a great option for a huge number of metalworking projects. The cold work hardening properties of many stainless steels can be used in design to reduce material thicknesses and reduce weight and costs. Other stainless steels may be heat treated to make very high strength components.
The high-temperature strength of materials is generally expressed in terms of their “creep strength.” This is referred to as the ability of a material to resist distortion over long term exposure to a high temperature. Various grades of stainless steel can be selected if heat resistance is a desired quality.
Stainless steel holds significant long term value and is a great quality and highly aesthetic option when it comes to a huge number of metalworking projects. If you need quality stainless steel that is fabricated to suit your unique needs, contact Steel Fabrication Services today. Our team of expert structural steel fabricators have the experience and knowledge to answer any of your questions and will ensure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. To contact us today, simply call, fax, email or drop by our Brookvale location.