There are other benefits of choosing stainless steel instead of other materials for your fittings. Stainless steel has the superb ability to heal itself due to chromium. When affected by corrosion, chemical or mechanical damage, a film of chromium oxide would form on the surface of the stainless steel thereby healing itself. It also has the ability to repair damage due to oxygen exposure.
To further strengthen the corrosion resistibility of stainless steel fittings some manufacturers include other elements such as nitrogen, molybdenum and nickel during the process of fittings manufacturing. When any of these elements are added to stainless steel, its corrosion resistant property is increased. There are over 60 grades of stainless steel in the industry today and they differ in the alloy elements added for its strength.
Why choose stainless steel?
There are different industries that utilize stainless steel fittings. Some of these industries include the plumbing industry, hospital and other settings where hygiene is a top concern. Stainless steel fittings are also popular in the food industry and food processing facilities. Because of its capacity to heal itself, stainless steel promotes sanitation and hygiene in whatever facility or industry it is used in. Its smooth surface is not only resistant to corrosion; it also prevents dust and other air pollutants to stick to the material. This way, a buildup of dust and residual elements are prevented keeping the area clean and scot-free.
Another notable advantage of using stainless steel fittings is its light weightiness. Compared to metal and copper, stainless steel is so much lighter making the entire system in which the fittings are used, lighter in weight. Stainless steel is also resistant to other elements such as heat and chemical damage regardless of regular exposure. This is also the reason why stainless steel fittings are suitable in harsh environments and extreme temperatures.
Also, stainless steel fittings are considered as worthy investment because it can remain sturdy regardless of time. Because of its strength, the thickness of the product is reduced thereby making the production costs lower than other fittings in the market. Most stainless steel fittings are also made of 100% recyclable materials or remelted scrap metal. Thus, not only it is cost effective, it also contributes largely to the preservation of the environment. This is also another reason why builders and construction engineers prefer stainless steel for its fittings because it is resistant to damage, eco-friendly, durable and affordable. Consult your distributer to find out which of the stainless steel grades is more suitable for your project.