Key benefits of using Stainless Steel:
With the cost of maintenance continually on the rise it’s important to choose the right material. It has a great resistance to corrosion, a smooth finish, and requires minimal maintenance in the long run.
Stainless Steels resistance to corrosion is a result of it containing 10.5% Chromium giving it an inherent ability to protect itself. The Chromium reacts with oxygen surrounding it and forms an invisible protective layer (chromium rich oxide). Should the layer be damaged it will naturally rebuild itself if oxygen is present.
The typical thickness of Stainless Steel is lower than most other metallic roofing materials due to its effective mechanical performance. On completion of a project the overall weight will be lower providing a more cost effective and lighter structure.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. On average Stainless Steel has 60% recyclable content. Approximately 40% originates from ‘end-of-life’ products and about 60% comes from manufacturing processes.
Further Cutting your costs:
Stainless Steels resistance to corrosion extends to the effect of moisture underneath the cladding, meaning a ventilated support is not always necessary. This gives the option of a less costly warm compact roof.
Stainless Steel has excellent heat reflecting properties due to its reflective smooth service.
Stainless Steel flat roofs can provide an excellent underlay for green roofs due to its resistance to roots and algae. A good drainage layer cutting between the organic material and the stainless steel combined with the correct stainless grade provides the perfect platform for an all year round garden.
Resistance to fire:
A melting point of around 1500 degrees C (much higher than other roofing materials) means its resistance to fire is excellent.
Workability during all weathers:
Successful construction of stainless steel is far less dependent on the weather because it is not sensitive even when exposed to severely low outdoor temperatures. This is partly down to the stainless steels that are most frequently used being easy to form and join.