All About Stainless Steel
What is Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is a term used to describe a family of corrosion-resistant alloys. It is created by combining steel with other elements, most commonly Chromium and Nickel. The Nickel adds to the steels strength and hardness while the Chromium adds to its brilliance and durability.
The quality of stainless steel is measured by taking into account the thickness of the metal, or its “gauge”, and its Chromium and Nickel content. The lower the gauge, the thicker the stainless. The Chromium to Nickel content is generally defined with a ratio. For instance, 20:10 stainless steel would contain 20% Chromium and 10% Nickel.
Stainless Steel & the Environment
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. The majority of stainless steel consists of 60% -80% recycled material, but may contain up to 90% recycled material. In the recycling process, stainless steel does not degrade or lose any of its properties.