Using stainless steel in kitchens and bathrooms has become today’s standard for good reason. This material is robust, hygienic, easy to maintain, and very durable which makes the products economical over the lifetime of the building.
Stainless steel is not only resistant to moisture and most acids, it also stands out due to its hardness, high tolerance of heat and cold, and hygienic characteristic. This makes an ideal choice for hospitals, catering environments and food processing plants. Dirt and oil can easily be washed from the smooth, pore-free surface without the need for harsh cleaning products, and scratches and grooves on covers lose their sharp edges quickly and blend in to the surface.
Up to 60% of new stainless steel comes from melted down stainless steel scrap. Its main component is scrap iron, of which there is no shortage, while other metallic elements alloyed with the iron are chromium and molybdenum which are plentiful within the earth’s crust. Nickel, which comprises around 10% of the standard austenitic stainless steel grades, is less abundant but is not in short supply and is being recycled effectively.
More efficient process technology has allowed steelmakers to significantly reduce the amount of energy used in the production of stainless steel over the past two decades. Stainless steel’s low thermal conductivity makes soldering and welding more energy efficient than with many other metals.
Stainless steel kitchen and bathroom products have an extremely long life expectancy and as such the energy used in manufacture is spread over a long period, providing the most economic long term solution compared with other materials. This is especially true when maintenance costs over the lifetime of the installation are taken into account.