Solid Brass or Stainless Steel Shower Hinge?
Although the brass chrome-plated shower hinge is expensive, it is durable and high-grade. The best treatment method for the surface of brass products is electroplating nickel and chromium. The chrome-plated color of copper, if the coating is sufficient, is more durable, brighter and noble than stainless steel.
But many manufacturers use chrome plating for decoration so that the product may peel off the coating, the coating is not thick enough, and the seal is not enough, which will make the copper volatilize and patina. If you want to choose a solid brass shower hinge, you must choose products from well-known manufacturers.
Note that there is a lot of stainless steel pretending to be brass on the market. But stainless steel and brass are actually easy to identify. After brass is polished and chrome-plated, the surface is smooth and soft, and it is much softer than stainless steel. The surface of stainless steel is relatively rough and very blunt.
There are also good stainless steel shower hinges, but it still depends on which stainless steel, 304 or 316, is good. If it is produced with 201.202 material, it is easy to rust. The effect of 304 will be much better. It will be durable and beautiful if well polished and electrolytically treated.
In terms of price, it is more affordable than brass products, and the price of stainless steel is lower than that of brass. The surface treatment does not need to be directly polished by electroplating, which saves electroplating costs.
However, because the hardness and toughness of stainless steel are higher than that of brass, it is difficult to process, the speed is low, the efficiency is low, and the labor cost is high. Therefore, some styles may not be cheaper than brass because they are not suitable for processing.
The choice of products depends on your own needs. If you want to have a higher grade and durability, brass shower hinges are a good choice. Although the price is a bit expensive, if you pay attention to maintenance, they can be used for a long time.