The Relationship Between Stainless Steel and Swimming Pools

Posted on June 20, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Find out the benefits of using stainless steel for your next pool design project.

Summer time means temperatures are rising, kids are out of school, backyard cookouts are planned and hopefully, somewhere in this summer picturesque scene, a pool is involved.  It is way too hot not to involve endless swimming days into the mix.  With that said, today I am going to focus on pools and the relationship pool design has with stainless steel.

Stainless steel is incorporated into pool design in different ways.  Consider what you need the steel for and where it will be used before diving into purchasing steel for this project.  Think about if you are going to need the steel item to be fully submerged or saturated all the time.  For instance, pool ladders and diving board structures fall into this category.  Alternatively, do you need to design areas that shall only get splashed instead, such as changing rooms, bathrooms and/or seating areas?

Grades 304 and 316 are commonly used for all of the above locations.  For the more drenched areas, choose type 316.  Its crevice corrosion resistance makes it an ideal choice.  Of course,  ask a professional that specializes in steel to discover what your options are and which works best to meet your needs.

For more information on stainless steel and nickel alloys call us today!

The Advantages of Using 304 Stainless Steel

Posted on June 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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The many benefits of using 304 stainless steel makes it a common choice for commercial and residential projects.

Using 304 stainless steel is a smart choice for your budget’s project and longevity.  It is cost-effective in comparison to other materials.  Its high quality and durability ensures that your product lasts a long time and the design of it is suitable for home and commercial use.

Size Does Matter

Think about what size you need the piece of steel and order it accordingly.  This steel grade can be bent and manipulated into a wide array of shapes and sizes.  Knowing exactly what you need makes the completion date of your project remain on track saving you time and money from having to order and purchase new pieces that do not quite fit in the designated areas.

The strength does not falter when this metal is molded and designed into the measurements you need.  The durability and longevity exists regardless.  It can hold up under extreme circumstances making it a common choice for architects and designers alike.  For instance, the Unisphere (which I have described in great detail in a prior blog) was created using 304 stainless steel.   This put the high level reliability characteristics of this steel in the spotlight.

To find out more call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy experts today.  He/she will guide you through your purchasing process and ensure you receive what you need.

 

How to Buy a Stainless Steel Sheet

Posted on March 8, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Look for various grades and finishes when buying stainless steel.

How can you tell if the steel sheet you are buying is worth the price?  What should you look at to determine if it is right for your project?  Before purchasing a stainless steel sheet there are a few things to look for.  Here is a guideline on how to buy a stainless steel sheet to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Check Out the Finish

Are you looking for a modern, sleek look or a more industrial makeover?  Imagine what you wish the final project to look like and allow that vision to guide you through the finishing options.  It makes the buying process easier if you already have in mind what you desire.

Steel comes in different finishes that serve various aesthetic purposes.  For instance, a satin finish is a technique that creates a soft sheen to the metal.  The affect is created by a soft-scrubbing method leaving the metal looking shiny.  A brushed finish provides the metal with a pattern formed from small scratches all running in a matching direction.  A mirror polish provides the steel sheet with a gleaming, smooth look.  These are all things to consider before making your purchase.

Choose a Grade

I have written extensively about different steel grades and the objective of each one (see How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel).  I am reminding you about it now because deciding on what grade should definitely be another determining factor aiding you to make your decision.

To find out more about what stainless steel or nickel alloy is right for you, call National Specialty Alloys today.  We are your worldwide distributor available to answer your questions and meet your needs.

How to Choose High Grade Stainless Steel

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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High steel grades can even be found in your home kitchen.

Stainless steel is a corrosion resistant, durable and lustrous material that is used in many different commercial industries.  Thus, many business owners and project managers find themselves selecting high quality stainless steel.  But how do they do it?  What do they look for?  To find out specifics about what stainless steel grade is right for your project then call one of our stainless steel and nickel alloy bars expert.  In the meantime, here is a brief overview on what is standard for different industries.

For your food processing needs, a Grade 304 is a popular option.  It is chosen the most based upon its ability to endure various acids found in food without becoming corroded or damaged.  Think about citrus fruits.  They contain acid that eats away at other materials on contact.  But the Grade 304 is resistant to such disintegration making it the forerunner for sinks, steam tables and other necessary products in a commercial kitchen.

Due to the high content of salt in the ocean, a water tank or boat needs to be produced from a material that does not falter under such circumstances.  Think about what holds up under such conditions.  Does the material you are choosing rust?  Is there an alloy that works best for this industry?  A high grade stainless steel answers these questions and more.

To find out how to distinguish high quality grades from the rest then just give us a call.  We are here to help you.

Advantages to Cooking with a Stainless Steel Griddle

Posted on February 9, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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Check out the many benefits to using stainless steel.

By now you have heard me repeatedly point out how stainless steel is easy to clean, 100% recyclable and resilient to rust and corrosion.  These benefits carry on when creating other products other than building structures from stainless steel.  It is true across the board for anything made from stainless steel, including stainless steel griddles.

How to Choose a Stainless Steel Griddle

The most ideal type of griddle for making your delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and your infamous pancakes is to use a restaurant grade steel griddle.  This usually consists of a 304 stainless steel grade or better (see blog entry “So Many Steel Grades, So Little Time”).  This indicates how resistant it is to extreme temperatures; how tough it is from breaking and how thick it is for cooking foods equally and quickly over lower grade griddles.  Additionally, check if the cooking equipment has a warranty or not.  If a lifetime warranty is included with your purchase then this normally is an indication of how well the product works and lasts.  Next, think about what size you need.  This will help steer you in the right direction when buying this product.

There is a wide selection to choose from so do not worry about not finding one to suit your needs and your budget.  Just keep in mind to check if it is made from stainless steel or not.

To find out more about the benefits of using stainless steel or nickel alloy for your next project, call one of our experienced and knowledgeable specialists today.

 

So Many Stainless Steel Grades, So Little Time

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Reda Abouleish
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45 stainless steel grades? Higher. There are 150 steel grades.

Whenever the weather starts to warm up I always think back to my childhood of the ice cream truck coming around the neighborhood.  You could hear it from a mile down the street.  My friends and I would hop on our bikes and follow the sound.   Once you got there, we all stood in front of the truck menu in awe of the different choices.  It was unreal to our young, impressionable minds.  There were so many different choices and it was difficult to narrow it down to one.  So why do I bring any of this up?  Well, believe it or not stainless steel bars have so many different options, choices and grades to choose from too…just like the ice cream truck. There is a stainless steel bar grade available to suit your project needs.

Do You Know Your Stainless Steel Grades?

To find out what steel grade is best for you then please call one of our stainless steel experts today.  In the meantime, here is a quick overview on what you can expect when ordering certain stainless steel bars.

Forget Baskin Robbins 31 flavors when it comes to steel there are over 150 options to choose from.  There is the “316” stainless steel and the “304” stainless steel. These numbers may sound foreign to you but these two types are the most common types of stainless steel in production worldwide.  These grades are used in construction equipment, buildings, cars and electronics.  But what makes these grades different?  How are they distinguished from one another?  The numbers relate to its iron properties, its resilient to corrosion and if it is suitable for welding or not.

To find out about these specifics grades and more, call one of our stainless steel or nickel alloy bars experts.  We are here to help you!

 

 

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