5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAINLESS STEEL FASTENERS

Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and staining along with it's low maintenance requirements make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications. It is widely used in manufacturing and construction where there will be exposure to water, moisture, air (atmospheric conditions) or coastal elements. It has also become a popular design element, due to it's polished reflective appearance, and can be seen used in such applications as balustrading, sculptures, building foyers and modern/stylized furniture and appliances.

Stainless steel is a broad term used for steels containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium. These steels exhibit various degrees of corrosion resistance; their other properties can be manipulated by the addition of nickel, molybdenum, titanium, niobium and other elements such as carbon and nitrogen. They attain their stainless characteristics because of the natural formation of an invisible and adherent chromium-rich oxide surface film. This oxide establishes on the surface and heals itself in the presence of oxygen. There are 5 basic types of stainless steel: Austenitic, Martensitic, Ferritic, Duplex and Precipitation Hardening. 80% of all stainless steel fasteners are produced in Austenitic grades.

Detailed information can be found in the Technical Manual and Training Manual sections of this website, however we have put together a handy pocket brochure for you to download on the most important information when considering your purchase of Stainless Steel Fasteners.