Many characteristics of stainless steel make it a powerful material selection. However stainless steel is often overlooked because it is viewed as having a higher initial cost. The fact is that over the total life of a product, stainless steel is often the best value option.
Stainless steel is a generic term that describes more than 60 different grades of low carbon steel which contain at least 10% chromium. It is the addition of chromium that gives the stainless steel its' corrosion resistance.
The chromium combined with oxygen forms an invisible layer of chromium-oxide that is self-protective and resists corrosion.
If the surface becomes damaged, the chromium-oxide layer reforms within minutes and repairs itself.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, in fact any stainless steel object has an approximate recycled content of 60%.
Stainless steel is also good for the environment because it does not need harsh cleaners to keep it clean. Rainwater will rinse atmospheric pollution deposits, accumulated environmental contaminants, and de-icing salts.