The sheer variety of stainless steel product forms and surface finishes available lend themselves perfectly to the huge range of escalators and elevators we find in hotels, offices, transport interchanges, shopping centres, hospitals and the like.
Whether it is polished, coloured, bead-blasted, acid etched or pattern rolled, visual appearance is vitally important but so are the other characteristics which make stainless steel the right choice. Extended service life and ease of maintenance mean that the architect’s original vision is protected whilst impact and abrasion resistance, especially in heavy use areas, are also major advantages over other competing materials.
Some finishes, such as special pattern rolled products are particularly useful in areas such as lifts where fingerprinting and scratch marks are detrimental to the product appearance. Typically 304 (1.4301) grade is used for these essentially internal environments whereas 316 (1.4401) would be more appropriate for external locations.