Benefits of Stainless Steel Countertops
Stainless steel countertops are available in a variety of custom finishes, including a standard brushed finish, our antique matte, or our custom hand applied designs that add artistic elements. Stainless steel offers a high quality and pleasing appearance that reflects light within a living area.
Stainless steel is a hard surface material that will not chip, is corrosion resistant, and resists impacts.
Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic surfaces for food preparation and very easy to clean, using mild soap and water. There are no cracks or pores to collect dirt or bacteria and it does not require any special maintenance. Stainless steel has a self-generating protective coating and will not impart tastes to food.
Ease of Fabrication
Stainless steel can be cut, formed and welded to create a seamless counter top, which may also include stainless steel sinks, backsplashes, dish boards, and aprons.
Heat and fire resistant
Stainless steel countertops resist scaling and will not burn.
Environmental Green Properties
Stainless steel countertops are made from 100% recyclable material, do not emit any off-gassing, and have a useful life expectancy of over 100 years.
Over the total life of a project, stainless steel is often the best value option for countertop surfaces.
Most of these benefits are also true for copper countertops as well, although copper is a softer material and does not resist dents as well as stainless steel does. Copper has a uniquely exclusive benefit, as it has natural antimicrobial properties. Left natural, copper is considered a “living material” and creates a beautiful aesthetic.
Stainless steel and copper countertops are often only a portion of an entire countertop project. As with other surface materials, stainless steel and copper countertops can be used in specific areas such as food prep, landing areas or central islands, and complimented with other surface materials to finish the overall project design.
Stainless Steel Facts – Getting Technical
304 Stainless Steel
Our standard type of stainless that we use in our sinks and countertops.
SAE 304 stainless steel contains both chromium and nickel metals as the main non-iron constituents. It is an austenite steel. It is not very electrically or thermally conductive and is non-magnetic. It has a higher corrosion resistance than regular steel and is widely used because of the ease in which it is formed into various shapes. It contains 17.5–20% chromium, 8–11% nickel, and less than 0.08% carbon, 2% manganese, 1% silicon, 0.045% phosphorus, and 0.03% sulfur.
Type 304 stainless steel is used for a variety of household and industrial applications such as screws, machinery parts, car headers, food-handling equipment, residential counter tops, sinks, and restaurant equipment. 304 stainless steel is also used in the architectural field for exterior accents such as water and fire features.
316L Stainless Steel
If your application requires, we can upgrade your counters and sinks to this type.
SAE 316L stainless steel is a standard for an austenic variety of stainless steel given the American SAE designation “316L” which indicates that this steel is low-carbon subtype of marine grade stainless steel containing 16-18% chromium, 10-14% nickel, 2.0-3.0% molybdenum, and no more than 0.03% carbon, 2% manganese, 0.75% silicon, 0.045% phosphorus, 0.03% sulphur, and 0.1% nitrogen by weight, with the remainder consisting entirely of iron (by comparison, regular 316 grade may contain up to 0.08% carbon by weight).
It is the preferred variety of stainless steel used in medical devices and corrosive enviroments.