Stainless steel is not just a single metal, but is actually a whole family of alloys with many different compositions. Each of these types of stainless steel is designed for different applications, based on specific characteristics, such as tensile strength, formability, and surface finish.

Like its name suggests, all stainless is resistant to corrosion, due to the large amount (10.5 %) of chromium added to the steel. Other alloys added in different proportions achieve different properties. Different manufacturing processes also affect the different characteristics and uses of stainless steel.

Whether you’re working on a home improvement job, or a do-it-yourself project, stainless steel benefits make it a great choice of material. This infographic presents stainless steel facts, and properties, to help you select the type that’s perfect for your application.


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