In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the key properties of stainless steel that often makes it perfect for metal fabrication projects. While several different metals can be used in this process, stainless steel offers several advantages that make it especially useful for many needs in this realm.
At Cypress Metals, we’re here to offer a wide range of metal fabrication and laser cutting services, with product areas ranging from siding and wall panels through roof packages, accessories and more. What are some other main reasons why stainless steel is so beneficial for many metal fab projects? Here are several.
Ease in Fabrication Jobs
So long as the fabricator in question is working with up-to-date equipment, stainless steel is fairly easy to work with in terms of the fabrication process. It can be cut, formed and welded without too much difficulty, so the overall process from start to finish tends to be shorter when using this material.
In addition, there are few if any prep steps required prior to beginning the job. For instance, with carbon steel, it’s often necessary to remove scale and Rust Inhibitors (RIs) before starting. This is not the case with stainless.
We already talked about corrosion resistance in part one of our series, but that’s not the only key property that makes stainless ideal for certain projects. It’s also quite heat resistant, meaning it can be used in a wide range of environments and applications.
This is especially important in industries such as food preparation, where high temperatures are often a regular part of the process. It’s common for stainless steel to be used in everything from commercial kitchens to outdoor BBQs.
Due to some of what we’ve already gone over – namely the fact that it’s resistant to both corrosion and heat – stainless steel tends to have a very long lifespan. This means that, in many cases, it’s actually a more cost-effective choice in the long run than other materials that might need to be replaced more frequently.
Compared to, say, aluminum or even some types of carbon steel, stainless is often able to withstand the elements and other damaging factors for a much longer period of time. As such, it can be a wise investment for both businesses and individuals alike.
There are many different reasons why stainless steel might be the best choice for your next metal fabrication project. To learn more about this material or to get started with a quote, be sure to contact Cypress Metals today.