Our Grade 316 Stainless Steel Architectural Fittings Range
Stattin Stainless stocks a comprehensive range of Grade 316 Architectural fittings. This collection includes Base Plate and Cover Sets, Knock In Caps, Dome Caps, Rail Converters, Handrail Returns, Wall Brackets, Sleeve Tube Joiners, Raised Oval Base Plates and 90° Corner Flush Joiners. Sizes are 12.7mm, 19.05mm, 25.4mm, 31.75mm, 38.1mm, 50.8mm, 63.5mm and 76.2mm with Satin and Mirror finishes available in certain product ranges. Be sure to check out our Stainless Steel Tube Fittings Range and Stainless Steel Tube Range which compliments our Architectural Range.
Stainless Steel in Architecture
Architects and engineers today are increasingly taking advantage of stainless steels unique combination of properties. It is a versatile material, eminently suitable for so many building and constructional applications.
Often regarded in the past as a material reserved for prestigious applications,stainless steel today is a practical, cost competitive
and effective solution to many specific problems in the architectural, building and construction industries.
It is now the standard material specified for areas, both inaccessible and exposed, which are subject to corrosion. As an added bonus its surface finishes display exceptional aesthetic appeal which is retained throughout its life.
The Architect's Responsibility
The architect can be the most important contributor to a building's low-cost maintenance by careful attention to some basic design considerations.
- The structure should be, as far as possible, self-cleaning by the natural elements.
- The architect should minimise horizontal components that can collect dirt. This dirt, when washed off by rain. may cause uneven streaking of the areas below.
- Designs that concentrate or directionalise the flow of rainwater should be avoided. An overhang can be protected beyond any lower one to avoid splatter or concentration of dirt-carrying water.
- Sheltered areas, such as canopies or soffits, should be designed so they can be readily cleaned, particularly in low, street-side locations.
- Joint designs that minimise dirt accumulation should be used.
- The possibility of staining of the stainless steel by run off from other materials, eg. rust from carbon steel, copper and aluminium, including hidden clips or fasteners, must be avoided.
- Grooves, recesses, and excessively complex contours, which hamper the regular easy cleaning associated with stainless steel, should be avoided.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The attractive and hygienic surface appearance of stainless steel products cannot be regarded as completely maintenance free. All grades and finishes of stainless steel may in fact stain, discolour or attain an adhering layer of grime in normal service. To achieve maximum corrosion resistance the surface of the stainless steel must be kept clean. Provided the grade, condition and surface finish were correctly selected for the particular service environment, fabrication and installation procedures were correct and that cleaning schedules are carried out regularly, good performance and long service life will be achieved.
Advice is often sought concerning the frequency of cleaning of products made of stainless steel, and the answer is quite simply "clean the metal when it is dirty in order to restore its original appearance". This may vary from once to four times a year for external applications or it may be once a day for an item in hygienic or aggressive situations. In many applications the cleaning frequency is after each use. Frequency and cost of cleaning is lower with stainless steel than with many other materials and this will often out-weigh the higher acquisition cost.