Benefits of Stainless Steel for Outdoor Enclosures

Date Posted: August 9, 2023

Choosing the proper material for outdoor enclosures makes all the difference when protecting sensitive and valuable electronics in harsh environments. While there are many materials to choose from, stainless steel has proven to be one of the most reliable and durable enclosure materials available today.

Stainless steel has many benefits over other materials for use in outdoor environments, such as:

  • Corrosion resistant – stainless steel will not rust or corrode like other metals, even in wet, coastal climates.
  • Damage resistant – ability to withstand accidental impacts and vibrations makes it a reliable choice.
  • Temperature resistant – high reflective value helps repel UV rays, keeping your electronics cooler even in full sunlight.
  • Bacteria resistant – non-porous surface repels bacteria and makes it easier to clean.
  • Fully recyclable – 100% recyclable and has a long service life.
  • Highly customizable – maintains its strength after bending and can be modified to meet the needs of most industrial applications.
  • Aesthetically pleasing – shiny, sleek modern appearance blends with its environment.

Tough Enough to Stand Up to the Harshest Conditions

This combination of benefits makes stainless steel the ideal material for various uses. Landscape Architects across the U.S. specify StrongBox stainless steel enclosures because they can handle harsh outdoor environments where they are exposed to elements such as moisture, humidity, rain, snow, intense sunlight, high winds, and temperature fluctuations.

For example, saltwater environments are notoriously unforgiving when it comes to corrosive exposure. Stainless steel is highly corrosion-resistant due to its alloying elements. These elements react with oxygen from air and water to create a thin, stable film layer that acts as a protective barrier against corrosive agents like saltwater.

Low-Maintenance, Cost Effective, & Sustainable

Stainless steel enclosures require less maintenance and their resistance to corrosion and UV radiation reduces the need for frequent repairs or replacements. This translates to cost savings and reduced downtime for maintenance activities, making stainless steel a practical choice for long-term outdoor installations.

Not only are these enclosures low maintenance, stainless steel also has a sleek and polished appearance that, when used in parks, golf courses, and other public spaces, blends into the environment and enhances their visual appeal. Because stainless steel is easy to clean and impact resistant, vandalism is far less of a threat and requires less time and resources from city workers.

And last, but by no means least, stainless steel is sustainable, fully recyclable, and doesn’t release harmful chemicals into the environment like fiberglass or painted steel enclosures. Therefore, stainless steel is an environmentally friendly option that protects both the contents of the enclosure and the planet.

StrongBox Stainless Steel Enclosures

StrongBox provides NEMA 3R stainless steel enclosures for use in transportation, irrigation, outdoor lighting and much more. Crafted using the highest quality standards and latest technology, StrongBox enclosures offer the best protection along with a beautiful, seamless finish. View our full product offering or contact us online to find the enclosure that is right for you.


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