Materials & Coatings

Replacing Your Industrial Fasteners? Let Us Help You Choose the Best Materials

Industrial fasteners are manufactured in a wide range of materials from common steel to titanium, plastic and other exotic materials. Many materials are further separated into different grades to describe specific alloy mixtures, hardening processes, etc. In addition, some materials are available with a variety of coatings or plating to enhance the corrosion resistance, or appearance of the fastener.

Fastener material can be important when choosing a fastener due to differences between materials in strength, brittleness, corrosion resistance, galvanic corrosion properties, and of course cost.

When replacing fasteners, it is generally best to match what you are replacing. Replacing a bolt with a stronger one is not always safe. Harder bolts tend to be more brittle and may fail in specific applications. Some equipment is designed so that the bolts will fail before more expensive or critical items are damaged. In some environments such as saltwater galvanic corrosion must also be considered if changing fastener materials.

For more information about our industrial fasteners or the materials and coatings we offer, contact our knowledgeable sales staff.