Aluminium vs Stainless Steel Furniture

From chairs and stools to counters and tables, when choosing furniture for your workplace it can be difficult to decide what you need, never mind which material to go with.

Here at Stainless Steel Manufacturing & Equipment, we supply stainless steel and aluminium furniture fit for use in a wide variety of industries. From catering and hospitality, through to the medical sector.

But what are the differences between stainless steel and aluminium? And how do they compare?

Which is stronger?

Although aluminium and stainless steel furniture pieces can look very similar, there are some key differences - the main one being their strength.

Aluminium is around one third the weight of its stainless steel counterpart.

So, although stainless steel is technically the stronger material, aluminium’s higher strength-to-weight ratio makes it an ideal option for many where lightweight materials are preferred. Where furniture needs to be easily moveable for example.

Which is more durable?

It’s understandable that you’ll want to invest in long-lasting furniture that can withstand significant wear and tear.

Well, you’re in luck – both aluminium and stainless steel are extremely durable, so you can be confident your furniture will last for years to come with absolutely no sign of rust.

Stainless steel takes this resilience one step further.

Stainless steel is a steel alloy which contains chromium. When chromium reacts with oxygen it forms a protective layer on the stainless steel’s surface. This protective layer makes stainless steel resistant to corrosion. It also prevents the surface from becoming porous over time - making it the ultimate hygienic option for use in the medical industry or hospitality sector.

Which material is more heat resistant?

Stainless steel or aluminium. Which is the most heat resistant?

Obviously, this doesn’t necessarily matter in all industries, however, if you’re in an environment dealing with extreme heats on a daily basis, you’ll want to be confident that your furniture isn’t going to get damaged.

Of the 150 stainless steel variations, only 15 are used regularly.

The most common grades are 304 and 316 and each have their own melting point.

Grade 316 has a melting point of 1375°C while grade 304 has a slightly higher melting point of 1400-1450°C.

Aluminium’s melting point is much lower at around 660°C.

This means that stainless steel should be your go-to choice if you require a material that doesn’t soften at higher temperatures.

How much do they cost?

If cost is a major factor for you, then you’ll probably be wondering which is the more affordable material.

When compared per kilogram, both stainless steel and aluminium tend to cost around the same.

But, because it weighs much less, aluminium tends to be more cost-effective.

Find your ideal furniture today

Hopefully, now you have an idea of whether aluminium or stainless steel furniture would work best in your workplace.

However, if you’re still unsure or would like to discuss your requirements with our experts, we’re more than happy to help.

Simply call us on 0121 661 6346 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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