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Beyond Exteriors: Stainless Steel as Structural Components in the Building Industry

Stainless steel is becoming more popular as a construction material in Perth and across Australia. While many think that it is only appropriate as cladding, many structures are using stainless steel H-beams for many of the same reasons that it is used for so many manufacturing applications.

Stainless Steel as Structural Components

Why Stainless Steel is Used in Construction

There are several benefits inherent in stainless steel that make it perfect for construction. First of all, it is anti-corrosive. This gives stainless steel a longer lifecycle than any other building material. Stainless steel is usually made of around 60% recycled materials. The stainless steel itself is 100% recyclable.

Stainless steel is non-magnetic. It has high strength and high ductility. Its ability to withstand extreme heat and cold guarantee that it will never be exposed to temperatures on either end of the scale that can compromise its integrity once it is part of a building.

Stainless steel is also resistant to staining, easy to clean and retains its surface aesthetic longer than other construction materials. In the case where a visible structural component is made of stainless steel, this is a huge benefit.

How is Stainless Steel Different from Other Steel?

There are many different grades and types of stainless steel. Any corrosion-resistant steel alloy with more than 12% chromium is called “stainless steel.” That chromium reacts with oxygen and creates an oxide film on the surface of stainless steel. That film not only makes it easy to clean and maintain, but is responsible for its resistance to corrosion.

Austenitic Stainless Steel

Austenitic stainless steel is the material of choice for most construction applications. It contains at least 18% chromium. It provides superior corrosion resistance, superior strength and superior ductility. In spite of its strength, austenitic stainless steel can be easily worked and easily welded.

Call Western Stainless Solutions

To learn more about the use of stainless steel in construction or for an estimate, call Western Stainless Solutions today: 1300 794 647.

About Paul

Paul Bartlett is the owner and director of Western Stainless Solutions. He has a passionate commitment to personally seeing each project through from conception to completion. Mr Bartlett has owned Western Stainless Solutions since 2005. He had prior experience as a foreman for Caterlink, where he learned to fit out numerous restaurants with stainless steel equipment.

With Western Stainless Solutions, Mr Bartlett has overseen numerous large projects, always getting them finished on time and on budget. His favourite projects include:

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • Coles Inglewood
  • Woolworths Yanchep
  • Mt Barker Chicken
  • The Merrywell Bar
  • Perth Children’s Hospital
  • St John of God Subiaco refurb and development

Mr Bartlett has extensive experience in completing large projects, but is always around to add a personal touch to projects such as restaurants and pubs.

Mr Bartlett also has experience in the sports world. He currently serves as a volunteer coach for School Sports WA and spent two years as the General Manager of the Stirling Senators in the State Basketball League.

The bottom line: Mr Bartlett specialises in getting things done. He has a “hands-on” approach that is rare for owners of businesses the size of Western Stainless Solutions.