Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum chromium content of 11.5%. Unlike other steels, it is known for not corroding or rusting as easily. The chromium is what prevents it from staining so, the higher the chromium, the more resistant it is to oxidizing.
While not 100% rust proof, it is certainly much less likely to go through weather damage in comparison to regular steel. Mild steel is a form of steel alloy that is also called plain carbon steel.
It is one of the most common forms of steel, which is used in a variety of manners particularly in the transport and construction industries. Carbon steel with less than 0.5% of carbon is referred to as mild, or low carbon steel.
In comparison to steel with high carbon content, this is far more ductile. It can be made into many shapes, from sheets to beams, depending on its use. As the name suggests, stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion.
Unlike mild steel, which needs to be galvanized to prevent corrosion, stainless steel merely requires polishing. This makes stainless steel highly sought after for uses that require aesthetic integrity.
Examples include household items, as well as clothing and fashion industry like watch straps, belt buckles, shoe components. This is also because stainless steel is more lustrous in appearance to the dull, matte finish of mild steel.
Stainless steel furniture is also resistant to high impact because of the presence of chromium. However, this makes it less malleable. Mild steel is easier to produce and shape depending on its usage. For this reason, it is used in construction and electronic industries.
Its ability to be stretched into sheets, beams, wires makes it an attractive option for non-aesthetic and versatile uses. It is the most common steel with a high volume of production. In places where a large amount of steel is used, it is convenient and more cost effective to opt for mild steel.