Uses of 304 Stainless Steel

Stainless steel can be used for a variety of projects. 304 is the most popular kind on the market, mainly due to its anti-corrosion properties. Made from a combination of chromium and nickel, and small amounts of manganese and carbon, stainless steel isn’t literally stainless. It shows fingerprints, dirt, and regular wear and tear. The difference is that it shows these signs much more slowly than other metals, making them more resistant. Here at Alliant Metals, we offer a variety of different types of stainless steel, perfect for every job!

What Makes 304 Stainless Steel Different?

Different combinations of chromium and nickel give the final product different qualities. 304 stainless steels contain between 16-24% chromium and up to 35% nickel. The most common form is 18/8, or 18% chromium and 8% nickel. This combination makes this type extra corrosion resistant – and can handle many oxidizing acids. It’s easy to clean, making it the perfect material for consumer use in homes, especially kitchens. It’s also used in commercial buildings as decor and furniture.

304 also contains about 0.8% carbon and at least 50% iron. The nickel is very corrosion resistant, and the more that’s present, the more resistant the product will be. Further, the chromium acts as a shield and protects oxidation of the iron, reducing the amount of rust.

Why Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel, in general, is a top choice for most kitchen products. Not only because of its durability and the fact that it’s easy to clean but also it’s inability to leech. Stainless steel products won’t migrate hazardous chemicals into your food, unlike some plastics.

Here at Alliant Metals, we want to make your job even easier by providing you with high-quality materials for all your projects. For more information about our inventory or to receive a quote, visit our site here.

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