Do I Need Stainless Steel?
Water is always used as a symbol for life and growth. When it comes to landmasses and manmade structures, however, water can be quite the destructive force. Given time, it can cut through mountains and breakdown strong materials like steel.
That’s why, if you’re working around water or moist environments, you need to protect against water. One of the most popular ways to do this is to utilize stainless steel.
The Difference Between Regular Steel and Stainless Steel
When water connects with regular steel, a chemical reaction takes place that breaks down the metal’s composition, turning iron bonds into iron oxide, which is rust.
This breakdown compromises the strength and structural integrity of the steel.
Stainless steel prevents this chemical reaction from happening by introducing chromium and nickel. Chromium prevents oxygen from mixing with iron and also provides stainless steel with its shiny appearance. The nickel helps bond the chromium to the steel.
With stainless steel, your metal objects are ready to go toe-to-toe with water. As an added bonus, it also looks great.
So Why Not Use Stainless Steel All the Time?
The main reason is the cost. Due to the additional elements and more complex creation, stainless steel costs more than traditional steel. It can also prove a little trickier to fabricate into different parts and materials.
If you’re purchasing wire rings or metal tubes at a high volume, the cost difference can add up quickly.
Depending on the situation, aluminum or carbon steel may be a better alternative. In situations where moisture isn’t present, traditional steel will suffice.
Whatever metal you need, Ever-Roll is here for all of our wire ring fabricating and tube bending needs in Ohio and beyond. If you’re not sure which material is best for your situation, we’re more than happy to discuss and advise.
We’ve created parts for products in a vast assortment of industries, so we know what works and what doesn’t. Contact us today for a quote or for more information.
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