Stainless Steel Styles
Stainless steel is actually a steel alloy that has a minimum of 10% of chromium. Stainless is different from steel in that it does not rust or stain as easily as regular steel. In fact, people in the metal business are fond of telling their customers that stainless will “stain” less than regular steel, but it is not “stain-proof.” Because of its ease of use and anti-microbial nature, many people prefer stainless tubing, stainless steel piping, and even stainless steel flat bar over alternative materials. We also stock stainless sheet in a variety of finishes such as brushed and mirror. Many designers prefer to use our stainless sheet and make use of our machines for bending metal in order to create good looking projects and works of art.
M&K Metal Co.’s inventory of stainless steel includes:
304 Stainless is one of the most widely used of all the stainless grades. It is non-magnetic, has excellent formability, and is easy to weld. 304 Stainless is also called “Fresh Water” grade or “Food Grade” because of its extensive use in the food industry. FYI, another name for 304 Stainless is 18/8 stainless and this designation can often be found on the back of utensils.
316 is a grade of stainless that is sometimes called “Marine” grade or “Pharmaceutical” grade. 316 stainless has better corrosion resistant properties than 304 and is commonly use in pools where chlorine or salt water is used. 316 has excellent forming and welding characteristics.
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