304 stainless steel has excellent corrosion resistance, is easy to fabricate, adapts well to physical changes in its environment and maintains high strength despite its low weight. The 304 variety of stainless steel is the most commonly used alloy type in contemporary steel construction due to its malleability and versatility.
304 stainless steel, which is also called A2 stainless steel, is composed of iron, chromium and nickel, as well as trace amounts of carbon, manganese, silicon and phosphorus. Grade 304 is used to manufacture household items such as screws, sinkware, sauce pans and car machinery. It is widely used in forming and welding trades, as well as the fields of engineering, architecture and transportation services.