Because stainless steel is such a hardy and versatile material possessing anti-corrosive properties, this makes it a very popular material amongst the professionals when specifying flooring profiles.
Kirk Marketing is often requested to produce bespoke items in stainless steel and in these cases the only limitation is a maximum length of 4m and a maximum thickness of 3mm.
Profiles can be made in all available grades of stainless steel and Kirk can assist in the selection of the correct grade of stainless steel if all the relevant information is supplied. In special cases Kirk can produce samples for approval before commencing.
However, lead times apply to these products and the cost of the profile can vary – depending on the number ordered. This means that the price can be prohibitive if small quantities of specialised items are manufactured, but this can be discussed at the design stage.
In working with stainless steel it is possible to achieve a variety of profile shapes such as top hats, angles, U-channels, lip channels, architraves and bespoke items – all to the architect or designer’s specifications, with each profile having its unique dimensions.
Stock items, such as different height straight edges, square edges, round edges, corner protectors, listellos, internal skirtings, formable straight edges and more, are readily available from the Kirk warehouses.
The different finishes of stainless steel include polished, brushed and satin, giving the specifier more opportunity to meet the aesthetics required.
Stainless steel profiles are often used on tiled floors and walls, with columns, stair edges, dividers, listellos and tile edges, and in public bathrooms, shopping centres, airports and other high-wear areas. They can also be used internally and externally, but it is best to get advice from your Kirk salesperson so that the correct grade is selected.
Kirk Marketing are members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA) and have access to expert help at all times which they pass onto their customers and specifiers. Please contact your nearest Kirk branch on www.kirk.co.za for advice and help in designing any stainless steel profiles you might require.