An All-Purpose Guide to Stainless Steel

There are many different kinds of materials and metals out on the market that businesspeople and industry operators alike use in constructing appliances and useful objects. Among these, stainless steel has a special place because it is highly resistant to corrosion and is easy to clean. While not an all-purpose metal, stainless steel is very useful in certain situations, even for aesthetical purposes. With all of the different grades of stainless steel, it can be tricky to navigate which kind you should get. Therefore, educating yourself on the nature and kinds of stainless steel is vital to making an informed decision regarding the metal.

An All-Purpose Guide to Stainless Steel

The Advantages of Stainless Steel

Why would someone use stainless steel as opposed to any other kind of metal or material? Possibly the biggest advantage to having stainless steel is that, as its name implies, it is highly resistant to corrosion from rust and other abrasive chemicals. While other types of metal corrode and fall apart, stainless steel remains strong.

In addition, stainless steel is easy to clean and efficient in this regard. Some other metals can be hard to clean because they hold on to substances or shed particles. Stainless steel on the other hand is easy to wipe clean and polish, which is not only useful for the sake of cleanliness, but also makes this one of the more aesthetically pleasing metals. The latter is especially true because it can be made to have a shiny gleam to it.

Stainless steel has one additional advantage of being able to be moulded into almost any shape during its creation process. This allows it to be used to craft almost any kind of appliance or object because it can be bent into that shape. Because of its chromium structure, stainless steel, unlike its carbon steel counterparts, is also completely recyclable, making it a more cost efficient and environmentally friendly option for many industries.

When to Use Stainless Steel

With the numerous advantages of using stainless steel, one might tend to think that it is an all-purpose material. While it is certainly useful, stainless steel is often utilised in engineering applications, as well as chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries because of its resilient properties. In these areas, it is a vital commodity, but it is sometimes used in domestic settings as well.

Restaurants often use stainless steel for their cutlery and kitchen appliances because it is resistant to the stains that food produces as well as to the intense heat generated by cooking. The same applies for home use in cutlery and related kitchen items. Hospitals and medical centres are also major users of stainless steel because it is resistant to many medical chemicals and is easy to clean, making it much more sanitary.

Various industries that use piping also tend to take advantage of stainless steel because of its malleability. Before it is finished, it can be form fitted into a pipe or coil of any diameter, making it a worthy construction consideration.

The Different Types

Stainless steel comes in a variety of forms, each with a slightly different compound crystal structure and ideal use. Austenitic steel is the most common form used commercially and is one of the strongest. This form tends to be the most form-fitting, making it ideal for most situations where good formability is required.

Ferritic steel is similar in usage to the austenitic form, but it is made from different alloys and therefore is more ductile at the cost of being less resistant to corrosion. Interestingly, it is also the only form of stainless steel that is magnetic. Martensitic steel is also less resistant to corrosion and in fact the most vulnerable to it, but makes up by being the toughest and hardest. This makes it most useful in factory and industrial environments.

Duplex is the final type of stainless steel and can be seen as a kind of hybrid of austenitic and ferritic forms. It is resilient, strong and one of the most useful for intense situations and businesses, such as the marine and petrochemical industries.

Steeled Resolve

Stainless steel is one of the most useful materials
that you can use in a variety of different fields. It is strong, resistant to corrosion and heat damage, and can be tailored to fit any situation, making it highly desirable and useful in food production and pharmaceutical areas among others. It also come in a variety of kinds, each made from different alloys.

All in all, stainless steel is a one of a kind metal that can be used for all kinds of construction in Perth and beyond. For more information, call 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.