Stainless steel combines the strength and durability of low carbon steels whilst also offering corrosion resistance which makes it an interesting consideration of material in comparison to mild steel and bright steel. Stainless steel is used in a variety of household objects and cooking utensils but it also has a vast application in the construction world. Stainless steel does not corrode, rust or stain with water making it an ideal material for use in outdoor projects or structures. It is an ideal material to use in construction where the properties of steel are required in combination with this corrosion resistance. This is achieved due to the chromium content of the stainless steel; which forms a layer of chromium oxide, protecting the steel from oxidisation.
If you are looking for a material that can resist adverse weather conditions and environmental changes, stainless steel is the perfect solution. It is one of the stronger steels available on the market and it has a much more attractive appearance than many other steels. Stainless steel is also enhanced by various other elements; however, chromium is the element of the steel that makes it resistant to corrosion. There are also several grades available, depending on what you need.
Demand for stainless steel is increasing more and more every year due to its advantageous properties which are suitable for both domestic and commercial projects. It is also a low maintenance steel, making its overall lifetime costs cheaper than a lot of other options.
Stainless steel is entirely recyclable, although not all parts of stainless steel are re-used. Particular alloying elements such as chromium and nickel can be recovered and separated from the rest of the materials involved in stainless steel. It is estimated that around 60% of stainless steel is actually recycled. Most stainless steel is not recycled until up to 30 years later from when it was first produced.