ADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL
Stainless steel offers many advantages to the architectural/ornamental metal user. The major advantages include its high corrosion resistance allowing it to be used in rigorous environments. It is resistance to fire and heat allowing it to resist scaling and retain strength at high temperatures. Hygienic, non-porous surface coupled with the easy cleaning ability of stainless makes it the primary choice for applications which require strict hygiene control, such as hospitals, kitchens, and other food processing plants. Aesthetic appearance provides a modern and attractive appearance for most architectural metal applications.
Its bright and easily maintained surface making it an easy choice for applications demanding an attractive surface at all times. Its strength to weight advantage that allows it to be used with a reduced material thickness over conventional grades, often times generating cost savings. The ease of fabrication due to the use of modern steel- making techniques that allow stainless steel to be cut , machined, fabricated, welded, and formed, as readily as traditional steels. A long term value created by its long useful life cycle often yields the least expensive material option.
DISADVANTAGES OF STAINLESS STEEL
Every Metal has its disadvantages and stainless steel is no exception. Some of the primary disadvantages include its, high cost, especially when considered as the initial expense. When attempting to fabricate stainless steel without using the highest technology machines and proper techniques, it can be a difficult metal to handle. This can often result in costly waste and re-work. The difficulty in welding due to its fast dissipation of heat which can also produce ruined pieces or high scrap cost. Last but not least the high cost of final polishing and finishing.