Frequently Asked Question on Stainless Steel Fasteners

Last Updated on January 12, 2022 by Marsh Fasteners

When we talk about stainless steel fasteners, we cover a vast territory. There are many different types of fasteners of different shapes, sizes, and grades, and designed for a broad array of uses. We get many questions from clients - some of them are very general in focus, while others are directed towards specific types of fasteners. Here we have selected seven of the most commonly asked questions about stainless steel fasteners in general. 

What are stainless steel fasteners?

Stainless steel fasteners are any kind of fastener made from varying grades of stainless steel, and used to fasten all kinds of materials ranging from wood to a variety of metals. The term “stainless steel fasteners” encompasses screws, bolts, nails, threaded rods and more.

Are stainless steel fasteners strong?

Stainless steel is one of the strongest materials that can be used in the production of fasteners. However, some people mistakenly believe that it is the strongest. In truth, stainless steel is considerably stronger than unhardened grades of steel. However, some grades of stainless steel are weaker than hardened steel. This is due to the carbon content in some alloys, which makes it impossible to harden them through heat treatment. Other metals, such as titanium, are also stronger than stainless steel but are much more expensive. On the whole, however, stainless steel is more than strong enough for most applications.

Where are stainless steel fasteners used?

Stainless steel fasteners are incredibly versatile and are used across a variety of projects, and with an array of materials. They are suitable for environments of high humidity and pollution, as they resist rust and corrosion very well.

Is stainless stronger than carbon steel?

No. Carbon steel has a higher tensile strength than stainless steel and is also much harder. However, stainless steel has a number of advantages that carbon steel lacks, such as high resistance to moisture and oxidation, and higher ductility.

Do stainless steel screws rust outside?

Stainless steel screws are an excellent choice for outdoors projects because they are extremely resistant to rust. The rust-resistance is far better than that of some other fasteners because they are solid stainless, while others feature a stainless coating over a core that is susceptible to rust.

How can I tell if my nails are stainless steel?

If you want to know if the nail or screw you are holding is made of stainless steel, look for the following:

  • Distinctive shiny grey color, with light to dark gradients when viewed from different angles.
  • A fine, brushed finish, with a satin texture to the touch
  • Non-magnetic

If you need more information beyond these frequently asked questions on stainless steel fasteners, as well as our range of fasteners, nuts, washers and more, contact us via email or telephone at Marsh Fasteners today.

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