At Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co., we specialize in metal fabrication, machining and mechanical engineering. While we now provide services to several industries, our work started in the steel industry. Despite expanding in the past 45 years, the steel industry still holds a special place in our hearts.
Today, our metal fabrication services involve the fabrication of various types of steel. One of the most common questions we get asked is, “What is the difference between stainless steel and carbon steel?” There are several main differences, which include the following:
Carbon steel and stainless steel are made out of different elements, but one element that they both have in common is iron. Iron oxidizes quickly, which can cause rust. However, stainless steel also contains chromium, which acts as a barrier to corrosion. This makes stainless steel more resistant to corrosion than carbon steel.
If you are looking for an attractive metal, you may want to opt for stainless steel. Because stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion, it tends to stay shinier. Carbon steel, on the other hand, requires a coat of paint after polishing to remain aesthetically pleasing and rust-free.
In general, carbon steel is less expensive than stainless steel. However, different grades cost different amounts.
If you are having to decide between using stainless or carbon steel, be sure to read the differences carefully. While neither metal is better than the other, they are very different.
Are you in need of custom metal fabrication services? Contact Rider Tool and Manufacturing Co. today to learn more about our steel fabrication services.