Get the Professional Look with Stainless Steel
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Get that professional restaurant-kitchen look with this alloy steel that contains a dash of chromium to make it rust-resistant. Stainless steel is typically attached to plywood to provide strength and deaden its sound.
It's generally a wise choice for homeowners who crave a professional look, or for fans of neutral surfaces who find beige boring. While considering stainless steel a "neutral" may seem like a surprising choice, but the metallic hue blends well with most any color. The surface is also the choice of restaurants for a reason: Stainless steel is nonporous (which limits the growth of bacteria), doesn't chip or scratch and requires minimal maintenance.
Note: Though stainless steel shows scratches and fingerprints, new non-directional finishes limits their visibility.
Quick tip: Working with a small space? Stainless steel's reflective qualities multiply the effect of natural and artificial light, opening it up.
Can handle hot pots
Easy to wipe clean
Smooth and cool to the touch
Flexible enough to make an integral sink
Shows scratches and dulls knives
Shows fingerprints, so it might not be the best choice if you have young children
Can dent and be noisy if not attached to a strong base
Difficult and costly fabrication
Stainless steel is used in busy restaurants for a reason; a quick wipe with warm water and soap should do the trick. Be sure to avoid abrasive pads, as they'll scratch the surface.
About $85-$200 per square foot.