The term “stainless steel” (sometimes known as “inox steel”) comes from the word “inoxydable.” Unlike other steels, it will not corrode, rust, or discolour when exposed to moisture. A chemical element called chromium is the major distinction between stainless steel and carbon steel. Chromium acts as a shield to prevent neutralised oxygen from penetrating the metal’s surface and oxidising it.
Stainless steel comes in a variety of grades. Some are more resistant to maritime settings, while others will corrode if exposed to salty air or submerged in seawater. Stainless steel, however, because to its strength and longer endurance, is a popular and more expensive alternative.
It’s vital to remember that, despite its stain resistance, stainless steel can still be damaged and corroded, resulting in pitting. Stainless steel should be maintained away from chlorine and salty sea water, depending on the grade. Corrosion can also occur around joints, rivets, and screws, which can have hazardous consequences for your water quality. Incorrect welding can also deplete the stainless steel’s protecting element, causing rust and corrosion to develop.