Stainless steel tile , the king of art deco
Stainless steel tile generally refers to the stainless steel wall tiles on buildings we see across the world. The stainless steel tile has revolutionized the way buildings look as well their lasting capacity. Stainless steel has a higher resistance to oxidation and corrosion in a number of natural and man made environments.But , it is essential to select the correct type and grade of stainless steel tile for every particular requirement.
Stainless steel's resistance to staining and rusting , low maintenance, relative inexpensive, and familiar luster make it an ideal material for a host of commercial applications including it’s use as a tile on buildings and homes. One famous example of the use of a number of stainless steel tiles as well as sheets is the Chrysler building in New York, which has it’s pinnacle clad in stainless steel.
There are over 150 grades of stainless steel. Fifteen are most common among them. Austenitic, ferritic, martensitic etc, are also the various classifications of stainless steel according to their crystalline structures. There are a number of stainless steel compositions where additions are made of nickel, manganese, carbon etc. as a result of these alterations various steel are used for different purposes, from making decorative car fenders to foundations of buildings. Stainless steel may be in the form of sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in hardware, surgical instruments, major appliances, industrial equipment, and building material in skyscrapers and large buildings.as well as cookware, cutlery. Hence a stainless steel tile may be made to fit according to the requirements of a particular project.
However a stainless steel tile made of a high-quality alloy can corrode under certain conditions. As some modes of corrosion are undetectable at an earlier stage and their immediate results are less visible than rust, they often escape notice and cause problems among those who are not familiar with them. Hence care must be taken to secure the upkeep of stainless steel buildings to ensure that their luster and durability does not diminish.
For that purpose owners of buildings with stainless steel tiles must be aware of the following kinds of corrosion : Pitting corrosion , Weld decay and knifeline attack, Rouging, Intergranular corrosion, Crevice corrosion ( buildings are particularly prone to this kind of corrosion) , Stress Galvanic corrosion corrosion cracking, Sulphide stress cracking, Galvanic corrosion.
As a chromium-rich oxide film forms on the surface of the steel, it is able to withstand corrosion and rust for much longer periods of time than other building materials. This film reforms itself, and thus prevents scratches from damaging the steel. The only thing necessary for this “film” process is oxygen. If it is deprived of oxygen, it can, leave parts open to pitting . The stainless steel you purchase must be of high quality. Otherwise if the film does not form properly there can be rapid contact corrosion as a result of contact with other metals, stainless steel tiles can rust very rapidly. Hence great care is needed to preserve a stainless steel tile.