There's No Such Thing as a Bad Stainless Steel
... there's Only a Wrong Selection
THE MYTH: "Stainless steel doesn't stain".
Well - They Do. Leave them long enough in adverse conditions to pick up detritus, chemicals and they will deteriorate. Just like
standard steel, stainless steel can get marked by fingerprints and grease, develop discoloration, and eventually rust. The difference is RESILIENCE.
Stainless steel can withstand much more time and abuse before showing signs of wear.
WHAT IS STAINLESS STEEL ?
Stainless steel involves adding elements with at least 10.5 percent chromium. Depending on the grade, it may contain much higher chromium levels. These metals include molybdenum, nickel, titanium, aluminum, copper, nitrogen, phosphorous and selenium. The alloy produced by adding chromium gives stainless steel its famous corrosion resistance.
316# Stainless Steel has a slightly higher price point - but is well worth it - especially in areas with high chloride exposure, such as proximity to the coast and salt water spray and saline laden air. Chlorine and other chemicals are endemic to pools, which makes the extra % in cost to upgrade to a 316# Stainless Steel outdoor shower a more prudent choice when it comes to product longevity - bit will also LOOK better for the extended time of it's working life.
The two most common stainless steel grades are 304 and 316. The key difference is the addition of molybdenum - in
316# —an alloy which drastically enhances corrosion resistance, especially for more saline or chloride-exposed environments.