Why Home Makeovers are Not Declining in this Troubled Economy

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

home-appliance-kitchen-makeover-stainless-steelMoney is tough and the most hit by this decreasing downfall are homeowners and the real estate business.  Homes are going into foreclosure and many homeowners are filing for bankruptcy but there is a resurgence occurring amongst home remodels; these remodels improve the value of a home, make you stand out over the “for sale” competition, save you money on utility bills and decrease upkeep and replacement costs.  Let me explain.

Many homeowners are examining their living spaces and bank accounts.  Some are coming to the conclusion that the home has to go to stay financially afloat but how can they compete with other homes on the market?  By taking an objective look at the home, it is easy to find what would bring you the most return and distinguish itself from the rivalry.  The only problem for some homeowners is that they become too emotionally attached to the home making them oblivious to the problematic areas.  Instead of doing this first task alone, recruit some friends and/or a professional who can honestly evaluate your home against the completion while providing you with constructive criticism. Once this is achieved listen to the feedback and unveil what can be done to receive the most return on your investment.  Generally, this involves two rooms in the house, the kitchen and the bathroom.

To keep your bathroom and kitchen hygienic there is one material that works for both areas, stainless steel. It is durable, long-lasting, simple to clean and provides a fresh aesthetic appeal.  The advantages to working with this material are it also decreases any upkeep and replacement costs due to its longevity and corrosion-resistant traits.  Furthermore, it is a cost-effective material that is customizable to order.  The sizes, dimensions, brush finishes can be produced to your desire.

To find out more about the advantages to working with nickel alloys and stainless steel for your next home or commercial makeover project, call National Specialty Alloys today!

Practice Like a Ryder Cup Pro: Use a Stainless Steel Driver

Posted on September 29, 2012 by Reda Abouleish


Practice with a stainless steel driver to get a "feel" for a proper pro swing form.

The right golf club can change your game for the better. There are drivers specifically designed for you to hit further, better and more effective drives without strained effort or force. It boils down to golf club manufacturers choosing the ideal material to achieve such high results. This is why some manufacturers prefer stainless steel.

The perfect driver allows you to hit beyond the fairways making it to the “green” like the pros, even if you are a novice. Of course you may not be as successful if your swing is comparable to Charles Barkley’s. Your swing does play a part of how accurate your play is but it is not the only factor. A suitable driver significantly improves your game. Manufacturers understand this vital element and their utilization of this metal over other materials is a direct result of knowing the benefits obtained from stainless steel drivers.

Stainless steel drivers are cheaper, long-lasting and durable. Its main distinction focuses upon the absorption shock of the hit. For instance, when a golfer hits the ball the impact of the shot is felt in the metal club. This is essential to players wanting to improve their swing. Feeling the impact helps you know what needs adjustment and what doesn’t. Additionally, if you are a player with a high swing speed then you need a club that permits you to have more control. The supplementary golf club weight you have to work with, the better your game becomes with this type of swing. Stainless steel resolves this issue for you. It truly helps you practice like a pro!

To find out more about the benefits of nickel alloys and stainless steel, call National Specialty Alloys today.

Avoid Propeller Cavitation by Using Stainless Steel

Posted on September 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Avoid propeller cavitation by choosing stainless steel.

I have discussed what the benefits of using stainless steel for boat propellers are but now I would like to talk specifically about the concern for cavitation.

Another concern for boat propellers is cavitation.  You can literally feel cavitation by running your finger along the edge of a fragile propeller and feeling a pitted area.  This pitted area is cavitation.  It happens when damaged, unreliable, weak propellers try to convey excessive power through the propeller.  When this occurs, the extreme rotating speeds cause pressure on the inlet side of the blade dropping it into the water creating a vapor pocket which fails at transmitting force into the water.  The bubbles then concave releasing a shock wave that damages, stretches and strips away at the weak propeller.  The cavitation then dings, scratches, bends and initiates further harm to the propeller and boat accordingly.

When you choose stainless steel propellers the cavitation threats are avoided.  You do not have the same problems as you do with other materials.  The strength of the steel holds up under such bubbling, extreme water pressure.  The cavitation process is completely eluded.

Find out more about the benefits of stainless steel and nickel alloys today.

The Advantages to Using Stainless Steel Boat Propellers

Posted on September 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

The durability of stainless steel is one of many reasons the marine industry uses it for boat propellers.

Today we are attending the Sunseeker Boat Show in Southhampton, United Kingdom.  I am easily impressed by the amount of attractive and exceedingly expensive options there are on boats today.  It is literally the same as living in Beverly Hills, California but taking those mansion amenities and applying them to a boat.  It is beyond my expectations and the way technology and materials have advanced, the boat makers are choosing better materials for the options.  One very noticeable, essential option, the boat propeller, has followed in this same way of thinking. The majority of the boats are not displaying plastic or brass propellers anymore but rather exhibiting stainless steel boat propellers.

This type of metal has a wide array of benefits over other materials.  One of the most predominant benefits is the longevity of the metal.

Plastic tends to change shape, break and fray when used as a propeller.  It does not have the same damage resistance traits as stainless steel.  It can’t compete.  This is a major problem on your maintenance and upkeep fees.  For example, if you look at the water your boat glides through a numerous amount of obstacles may appear.  You have to maneuver through the debris, weeds, and sometimes disposed trash before reaching open, clean water.  With a plastic propeller, the material that comes into contact with it may destroy or damage your boat.  This becomes an extremely expensive problem.  If you choose stainless steel then the chances of any cracking and damage from occurring reduces significantly.

To find out more about the benefits of stainless steel and nickel alloys today, call National Specialty Alloys today.

2 Industries that Benefit From Using Stainless Steel

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Food and Beverage industry is one of many fields that benefits from using stainless steel.

Have you ever noticed how stainless steel is the material of choice for many different industries?  It is used in everything from commercial real estate to the medical industry.  This is due to many of its stand-out traits including its ability to stay intact under extreme temperatures, how it exhibits easy-to-clean upkeep and its 100% recyclability.  Today I’m going to share with you two industries that benefit from using stainless steel as their preferred material of choice.

Medical and Science Industry

The medical and science industry uses this type of metal due to its no risk of contamination and rust-resistant traits. This steel does not fray, fall apart or leave remnants around when placed in harsh settings and environments while other materials do fail resulting in unwanted, negative contamination.  Next time you are in a building where medical research is conducted, science experiments are managed and dental work completed then take a look around and notice how stainless steel is used throughout the facilities.  It is the metal of choice for the medical and science industries.

Food and Beverage Industry

Catering and restaurant businesses have benefited from stainless steel.  It’s low cost upkeep and long-term sustainability makes it a cost-effective option for such businesses.  It is also the ideal selection for the kitchen.  Food, cleaning agents and water rot away at a variety of materials but when you use stainless steel these faulty affects do not occur.

To find out more about how your industry can benefit from using stainless steel and nickel alloys, call us today!

Stainless Steel is featured in 2 Prestigious International Hotels

Posted on August 24, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Stainless steel is used in a unique manner at the Miura Hotel by featuring a 30 feet high statue of a man pressing against the property.

There are hotels worldwide that choose to use stainless steel to highlight specific aspects of the structures for interior and external features.  Today I am going to share with you two examples of how stainless steel is used in the utmost highly acclaimed hotels located across the globe.  Let’s start this list with an infamous brand name chain that originated in the USA, Trump International Hotel & Tower®.

Trump seems to own everything.  There is no denying that.  You see him on ads, hosting television shows and his name brand extends to clothing and jewelry lines too but his most prominent founding arena of success stems from his residential and commercial property dealings.

Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is sample of Donald Trump’s legacy and his use of stainless steel for the design and structure of this hotel is remarkable.

Stainless steel and glass adorn this impressive 1,389 feet height hotel.  It has a breathtaking peak that tops out at 1,170 feet.  The stainless steel incorporated in the building is not assigned to one part of the exterior or interior.  It is actually utilized throughout the property.  For instance, there are approximately 45,000 tons of steel bars reinforcing the support of the hotel.  There are bowed, polished stainless steel pieces created to form a division between units of the windows extending beyond 9 inches from the glass line.  Smart applications of this metal are uncovered throughout the property.

Another structure that features stainless steel is the Miura hotel in Czech Republic.   This hotel used the metal in a unique manner by incorporating a 30 feet high stainless steel man pressing against the outside of the hotel.  It is a sculptor created by the artist David Černý who is notorious for his large-scale installations.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel, call National Specialty Alloys today!

Why Stainless Steel is Right for You

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

Uncover the numerous benefits of stainless steel.

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a corrosion resistant steel that repels rust and remains intact against aggressive chemicals, liquids and gases that generally cause other materials to fray, disintegrate and fall apart completely.  Most of these classified steels display a powerful strength against extreme environments and are able to manage escalated and extremely low temperature levels making it suitable for a wide array of uses.

What Categorizes These Metals as Stainless Steel?

All stainless steels carry iron as the main element and include a chromium range percentage, which varies from 10% to 29% (approximately).  The chromium is what ensures the weathering resilient traits.  This composition differs from chromium-nickel stainless steel.

What is the Difference between Carbon and Non-Carbon?

Chromium-nickel stainless steels are metals that contain a small trace of carbon.  The problem with this is the carbon existence makes these materials not impervious to erosion.  This leads most consumers away from the carbon stainless steel options and more towards choosing other stainless steel grades for their next home and commercial projects.

To find out more about nickel alloys and stainless steel talk to one of our specialists today!

The History of Stainless Steel Trains

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish

stainless-steel-trains-history-benefitsIn the 1930s, the Depression hit affecting many booming businesses including the automobile business.  The E.G. Budd Company was not immune to this negative downfall.  The company saw a serious decline to its car business; thus, they were left with no choice.  They had to start letting go of many of its employees.  A 10,000 people run factory had to be shut down.  This became a problem for Edward Budd himself.  It was rumored that he was quite disturbed by this tragic outcome.  He didn’t want this to occur so he kept thinking about a new endeavor to reclaim the profits and jobs lost from his automobile business.

At this time in history, Budd also learned about stainless steel.  The dome of the Chrysler Building just finished and he was in awe of the shiny material.  He was mesmerized by the beauty, durability and non-corrosion traits of it so he thought he could do something with it.  He was originally thinking about creating products for the airplane industry but the company’s workings with this steel led to his contribution to the history of stainless steel trains.

The Michelin Company knew that Budd was manufacturing with this steel and asked his company to produce a lightweight rail car that would run on Michelin’s tires.  It would offer the railroad business a safe, quiet, fast ride on the track while increasing profits for all parties involved.  As a result, in 1932 a lightweight, stainless steel rail car named Lafayette was designed, built and sent to France.  It was able to hold 32 passengers.  This was the spark of many projects to come including a series of orders for the Reading Company, the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Texas-Pacific Railroad.

To find out more about the history and modern uses of stainless steel and nickel alloys, call National Specialty Alloys today



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