To help you decide on whether to use stainless steel we have written 4 key benefits to help you.

There are significant long-lasting benefits when using stainless steel hardware instead of traditional cast iron etc.. Stainless steel hardware products have a significantly high resistance to rust (oxidation) & corrosion against many man-made and natural products.

Apart from its sleek and shiny surface, stainless steel offers remarkable strength and has influenced many industry’s including medicine, transportation, the food industry, and most importantly construction.

Corrosion Resistance

1st fix southStainless steel hardware products are the popular choice for marine applications due to its high rust resistant, which is significantly higher than galvanized steel, brass or bronze. While pitting and crevice corrosion will likely develop over time on the surface of stainless steel hardware, the material is still far superior to other options.

Unlike traditional rusting with other metals, stainless steel corrosion tends to be somewhat random and highly localised. Pits (tiny holes) do have the potential of penetrating substantial thickness, and over time, the pits can cause cracks and leaks.

The unpredicted corrosion failure of stainless steel had long been an unsolved mystery. However, after extensive research it was found that some parts of the molten steel ingot cooled at a different rate than the remainder of the product. It is in these locations where significantly less chromium can be found. It is now known that these tiny areas are actually not stainless due to the missing chromium.

Even though stainless steels all have a high level of resistance to rust and corrosion, the lower alloy grades are known to have increased corrosion resistance in atmospheric conditions. Alternatively, high alloy grades are known to resist corrosion in most alkaline and acid solutions, along with chloride environments even at extreme elevated pressures and temperatures.

Aesthetic Appeal

Stainless steel cranked hinge 1st fix southStainless Steel hardware provides a shiny clean looking surface, offering the look and feel of a high quality product. With high durability coupled with a smooth open and close action stainless steel hardware is a popular choice now not just for the marine industry.

Our stainless steel range includes drop bolts, Brenton bolts, latches, tee hinges (various sizes) along with many other products all in 316 stainless steel. These goods can be supplied with matching fixings if required.

We are constantly developing new products in this range so please regularly check our website for new additions.

Cost Saving

Although stainless steel hardware tends to have a higher upfront cost than other options, it does offer a highly appealing lifecycle cost benefit over all of the other available alternatives including carbon steels.

Low and High Temperature Resistance

Stainless steel hardware offers an easy solution for applications that require resistance to low or high temperatures. Some graded stainless steel is known to resist scaling while maintaining its high durable strength even at extremely high temperatures. Other varieties of stainless steel show exceptional toughness at low temperatures ranging to cryogenic levels.

Weight to Strength Advantage

Stainless steel has a significant weight for strength advantage. This provides the opportunity to use the material in a much thinner thickness than conventional graded metals. This often results in generating a significant cost savings. In addition, its ease of fabrication is often a result of modern day steel crafting techniques. Stainless steel can be fabricated, machined, cut, formed or welded just as readily as most traditional steels.

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