SSGN specialists have over 15 years of experience in custom design, fabrication and installation of stainless steel and glass rails, staircases, doors, and other related products. Our stainless steel and glass rails, stairs and doors are beautiful and easy to use. We do custom onsite fabrication as well as shop prefabrication as required.
We are available to discuss design options to help you choose the best type of stainless steel and glass products for your specific project. We want to be your choice in home design.
In 2012, SSGN was acquired by Fort Rouge Glass Ltd. (FRG), a leader in custom glass services and products, serving the Winnipeg market for over 40 years. SSGN continues to provide the same quality products and services, and for any past clients who may have any questions regarding the recent change in business, please contact Fort Rouge Glass Vice President Brendan Berntt at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.frg.ca
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What is glass?
Glass is a combination of sand and other minerals that are melted together at very high temperatures to form a material that is ideal for a wide range of uses from packaging and construction to fibre optics.
Tempered glass is one of two kinds of safety glass regularly used in applications in which standard glass could pose a potential danger. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails. Tempered glass is manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, making it harder than normal glass.
Tempered glass breaks in a unique way. If any part of the glass fails, the entire panel shatters at once. This distinguishes it from normal glass, which might experience a small crack or localized breakage from an isolated impact. Tempered glass might also fail long after the event that caused the failure. Stresses continue to play until the defect erupts, triggering breakage of the entire panel.
Safety glass is a type of glass that is designed to resist breaking, and to break in a way that minimizes the risk of injuries in the event that the glass cannot withstand the forces that are exerted on it. As its name would seem to imply, safety glass is meant to be safer than ordinary glass.
What is Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is a generic term for a family of corrosion resistant alloy steels containing 10.5% or more chromium.
All stainless steels have a high resistance to corrosion. This resistance to attack is due to the naturally occurring chromium-rich oxide film formed on the surface of the steel. Although extremely thin, this invisible, inert film is tightly adherent to the metal and extremely protective in a wide range of corrosive media. The film is rapidly self repairing in the presence of oxygen, and damage by abrasion, cutting or machining is quickly repaired.
Fig. 1 – In any normal oxidising environment a protective coating of passive chromium rich oxide film is automatically formed on stainless steel.
Fig. 2 – When scratched, damaged or machined this protective film is denuded exposing the steel to the atmosphere.
Fig. 3 – The protective coating is quickly restored through the rapid self-repairing quality of the chromium rich film.
Recycling and the long term life of stainless steel
Today, where environmental issues are so important in saving and preserving our world, stainless steel can emerge as an excellent recyclable material.
“Did you know stainless steel is 100% recyclable?”
Stainless steel is theoretically 100% recyclability and its long term life makes it an ideal environmental performer, much better than many other materials. Stainless steel products are designed to have a long life; often spanning over several decades. This long term life generally is the reason for choosing stainless steel in the first place. The end of life may be reached due to fashion changes (product still functions but the design is out-dated), technological redundancy (product is replaced by a more efficient technology) or the product reaches the end of its design life.
Even though the end of life is reached, this does not mean that the stainless steel is not useful as a recyclable product. The main alloying elements of stainless steel (chromium, nickel and molybdenum) are all highly valuable and can be easily recovered and separated from other materials.
“Did you know that any stainless steel object has an approximate recycled content of 60%”
In 2007, around 27 million tonnes of stainless steel were produced, taking approximately 16 million tonnes of recycled stainless steel and other materials to generate this quantity. The amount of recycled stainless steel in any stainless object is approximately 60%. This will increase however as the use of stainless steel expands. Stainless steel produced today will not necessarily be recycled for 20-30 years.
Stainless steel is made up of:
25% Old scrap such as end of life products
35% New scrap which is returning from production
40% New raw materials added
Despite the very high recyclability properties of stainless steel, in some circumstances stainless steel will still find its way into disposal sites etc. Unlike many other metals, in this situation stainless steel will have no damaging effects on the soil and water.
Maintenance and protection
Even smooth stainless steel finishes in coastal environments may show tea staining if not washed regularly. Rain washing the stainless steel surface can help reduce tea staining, and should therefore be an important project design consideration. Best results are achieved by washing with soap or mild detergent and warm water followed by rinsing with clean cold water. Surface appearance may be further improved by wiping dry the washed surface and treating the stainless steel with Inox or Polinox Protective range.