When choosing to undergo a renovation, whether commercial or residential, there are always many points to consider. Budget, design, and durability are usually some of the main considerations, as well as of course taking into account the intended purpose and use of the newly reconditioned space.
For instance, someone restoring their dream home likely will factor in a bigger budget for higher quality materials since they view the project as a long-term investment, versus someone looking to do a quick remodel and flip. Similarly, even if the intention behind a renovation is to rent/lease the space rather than live in it, consideration might be made to invest in more durable as well as timeless materials (even if the cost is higher) so the renovation will hold value with high-traffic wear. For commercial builders, many of the same considerations apply. Commercial builders also usually have the advantage of working with larger quantities and bulk rate discounts, which can make even higher-end products more appealing.
Regardless of the reasons and purpose of the renovation, many people are turning to stainless steel products because of their unique ability to fulfill almost every aspect of a home or commercial space makeover wish list. There are also options to suit any budget. As a result, stainless steel has been a staple finish in many commercial as well as residential settings for decades, with no sign of slowing down. Stainless steels are iron alloys with a minimum of 10.5% chromium, combined with other alloying elements for enhanced strength, formability, and durability. While trendy surfaces come and go, stainless steel has remained a leading choice for many reasons.
Stainless steel is extremely versatile, and is commonly found in both commercial and residential kitchens, including one of the most popular, the stainless steel sink. Stainless steel is known for its strength, stain and heat resistance, making it an ideal choice for the kitchen. The non-porous, hygienic surface is great for food preparation and is very easy to clean and maintain. As a result, other areas of the kitchen beyond the sink are also utilizing this strong, sturdy material, such as for the kitchen work table, other side prep tables, and even stainless steel kitchen islands. Commercial kitchens are often required to have at least one utility sink in the kitchen, as well, and stainless steel is an ideal choice.
Stainless steel’s reflective surface also can help a small kitchen appear larger. Stainless steel is also often integrated into backsplashes, drain boards and soap dispensers, with its neutral color easily complementing almost any décor. It is also usually easy to match to pre-existing appliances and hoods, for a streamlined design.
Stainless steel is also a great choice for other areas as well, such as a single stainless steel table (or many work tables), which can provide invaluable workstation space across many different trades, as well as for professional offices such as doctors’ offices. Stainless steel does not rust or corrode as easily as regular steel, making it a great durable option.
Warehouses and salons are two other examples of places that would benefit from having a stainless steel table, a utility sink, or multiple utility tables at each worker’s station. Residential garages also often have a need for garage sinks, a laundry sink, or some stainless steel work tables for DIY projects.
Bathrooms are also another popular area where people often turn to stainless steel. Many people first consider using chrome to refresh and update the bathroom, as it may seem like a good choice due to its affordability and high-shine initial appeal at the point of sale. However, for a lasting and more durable finish, stainless steel is the clear winner. With time, chrome plating is likely to corrode due factors such as water damage, heat, or hot and cold air coming into contact with the product – making that initial shiny aesthetic start to look worn and dull quickly.
Stainless steel, on the other hand, is much better for lasting durability and well-known for its hardwearing properties. While not completely stain-proof, stainless steel is much more resistant to staining, corrosion, and rust than chrome. In addition, stainless steel can also be highly polished to provide a stylish, modern appearance. Given its robust appeal and lasting performance, stainless steel can even be a surprisingly affordable alternative to chrome. A stainless steel sink can also be an unexpected and stunning focal point for a bathroom renovation, and is a great choice for a row of commercial sinks.
Stainless Steel Benefits Include:
- Exceptional Affordability – While there are many varying grades of stainless steel, with choice often dependent on intended application and budget, there are few other materials that offer the many benefits of stainless steel at such competitive price points.
- Durability – Stainless steel is ideal for heavy-duty use, perfect for sinks, work tables, trays, and more. It is heat-resistant, and won’t chip, crack, fade, or stain.
- Easy maintenance – One of the most favorable attributes of stainless steel is that it is easy to clean, wiping down quickly after use. It also retains a great luster even after years of use and cleanings.
- Lightweight – While other materials may offer equal strength, stainless steel is unique because it offers strength without the bulk and heaviness of other comparable materials. It can also be formed into larger, deeper basins.
- Corrosion-Resistant – Adding to its durability, stainless steel is a metal which is rust and corrosion-resistant, making it an ideal choice for lasting performance and a like-new appearance.
- Eco-Friendly – Stainless steel is a recyclable material, making it an ideal choice for companies and individuals striving to go green and promote sustainability in their business and personal practices.