Navigating Corrosion Challenges in Australian Building Design with Stainless Steel Solutions

When designing and building structures in Australia, architects and builders often face a major challenge – corrosion.   Corrosion is the gradual breakdown of metals, primarily caused by oxidation.  This occurs when metals are exposed to the environment and come into contact with liquids or gases that trigger chemical reactions. The rate and type of corrosion depend on the specific metal and environmental conditions, affecting the metal's strength, appearance, and resistance to liquids.

So, what exactly are high corrosion environments?  These are places where the risk of corrosion is particularly high.  Various factors contribute to corrosive environments, with climate being a significant player. Temperature, relative humidity, and moisture all play crucial roles in corrosion. Additionally, corrosive agents in the atmosphere, such as gases like sulphur dioxide and salts like chlorides and sulphates, further elevate the risk of corrosion.

In places like aquatic centers, coastal areas, and marine environments, several variables impact corrosion rates. These include the amount of salt in the air, the duration of moisture on the metal surface, temperature, and the presence of other atmospheric pollutants.

Commercial washroom accessories made of Stainless Steel are well-regarded for their strength, flexibility, and resistance to corrosion and are a perfect choice for these environments.  304 Grade Stainless Steel, in particular, is commonly specified due to its ability to resist corrosion in various high-risk environments.  However, it's important to note that while stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion, it is not entirely stain or rust-proof. This is why it's called 'stain less' steel. It's crucial to establish a proper cleaning and maintenance schedule for all stainless steel products. Neglecting proper cleaning can lead to the removal of the metal's protective layer (chromium oxide) by the elements, resulting in tarnishing.  By following Metlam Australia's comprehensive guidelines on stainless steel cleaning and maintenance you can minimise the risk of corrosion in these highly impacted environments.

For more information on the cleaning & maintenance of Metlam Australia's stainless steel products watch our cleaning and maintenance video

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