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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.


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