Imagine: You have a big project coming up. You’ve designed the build, signed the contract and are ready to start. But when it comes time for materials, have you considered what fasteners you’ll use? Understanding the fastener basics is an excellent step for your next project. Below, we answer some frequently asked questions about fasteners. 

Questions and Answers

What are fasteners?

This one seems basic, but it’s important to remember! Fasteners are objects that connect – or fasten – other materials together. Common fasteners include nuts, bolts and screws. Nails, anchors and rivets are other standard fasteners. Additionally, there are specialty fasteners designed for specific projects and purposes, created on a case-by-case basis. 

What are fasteners made of?

Fasteners are made of many materials, ranging from hard stainless steel to softer alloys and nickel. Aluminum, copper, iron, plastic, silicon and countless other materials are also used to make fasteners. Each has its strengths and uses. For example, some materials are better for hot temperatures, while others combat rust in wetter climates. 

What industries use fasteners?

Every industry uses fasteners in some capacity! Common industries that rely on fasteners include automotive, manufacturing, carpentry and utilities. Additionally, fasteners are in many machines in hospitals, schools and assisted living centers. 

How are fasteners graded?

Fasteners, screws and bolts receive grades for their strength and hardness, with higher numbers indicating stronger bolts. You can locate the grade on the top of the bolt head. You can also consult the experts at Global Certified Fasteners to learn more about what grade you might need for your project. 

What are high-performance coatings?

High-performance coatings are added to fasteners to help them perform better in extreme conditions. Epoxy, silicone, polyester, acrylic, alkyd, polyurethane and fluoropolymer are standard high-performance coatings. These coatings increase fastener longevity and prevent corrosion, rust and other undesirable outcomes. 

What fastener do I need for my build?

It depends! The best fastener for your build or project will depend on temperature, exposure to rain/water and chemicals, pressure/use and more. Different materials perform better under different conditions, so talk to an expert at Global Certified Fasteners to find out which is best for you.

What should I look for in a fastener provider?

When choosing your fastener provider, there’s a lot to consider. Your fastener provider should offer a vast array of fasteners, provide customizable pricing and services, and use a shipping and delivery method that works best for your business. Global Certified Fasteners has been doing this and more for over 50 years. 

Your Fastener Experts

With so many nuts and bolts, it’s hard to know what you need for your project. Does your fastener need a high-performance coating? What fastener is best for high temperatures and rain? As with most things – it depends! For more than 50 years, the team at Global Certified Fasteners has provided exceptional service and helped customers like you select the right fasteners and products for their projects. If you need help selecting the right product, contact our team today at 708-450-9301.