The Advantages of Marine 316 Stainless Steel over 304 Stainless Steel

We want to tell you why Stainless Steel 316 is our favorite choice

Stainless steel has become the metal of choice on the market for a wide range of applications due to its corrosion resistance and because it is 100% solid all the way through and 100% recyclable. 

There are over 100 grades of stainless steel, which is an iron ore alloy, a substance made up of two or more chemical elements. 

The other main elements besides iron include chromium and nickel, along with trace amounts of silicon, nitrogen, manganese, molybdenum and more. 

Two of the most popular grades of stainless on the market are 304 Stainless and Marine Grade 316 Stainless.

Why 316 Stainless Steel?

Stainless Steel 304 is the most versatile and widely used of all the stainless steels. 

Keep in mind, not all 304 stainless is created equal, as some have a higher nickel content than others. 

The chemical composition, mechanical properties, welding ability and corrosion/oxidation resistance provides some of the best all-round performance at a relatively low cost. 

Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel however is far superior to 304 stainless due to the fact it contains more nickel and 2 to 3% more molybdenum. 

The extra nickel and molybdenum content improve the corrosion resistance, especially to pitting and crevice corrosion. 

Actually, 316 Stainless is so resistant to corrosion, that it is the preferred metal used in cooking equipment in commercial kitchens and restaurants and is the number one choice in marine equipment and medical instruments due to its resistance to salt, harsh chemicals and cleaning products. It even has some natural anti-microbial properties. 

The bottom line is that when used in products that are exposed to a lot of water, harsh chemicals and cleaning agents, like shower drains, it provides the longest life span possible.

QM Drain, part of the Quality Metal Group, has been producing the highest quality, very competitively priced, stainless steel decorative drains for over 18 years.

Our drains are used in residential showers, hospitality, landscaping, pools, hospitals, assisted living, schools, vet clinics and more. 

The main thing that sets QM apart from our competitors, start and end with the stainless steel we use for our drains. 

QM Drain offers three distinct series of linear and square drains 

The DELMAR series uses 100% Marine Grade 316 Stainless top to bottom. 

Our LAGOS series uses Marine 316 Stainless on all the metal parts, i.e., the trim, frame and grate, with either a PVC or ABS base. 

The BAY series, our primarily International line, with some selections offered in the US, are produced using the highest quality 304 Stainless top to bottom. 

Keep in mind, most of the decorative drains on the market use 304 Stainless, some not nearly the quality or thickness of the stainless we use in our drains. 

QM Drain is also dedicated to eco-friendly manufacturing and we bring technological innovations through simplification, quick installation and guaranteed performance. 

QM Drain is innovation, quality and service. For more information visit www.qmdrain.com