What is Stainless Steel?


Stainless steel fasteners - bolts

Before getting into the advantages of using stainless steel fasteners, it’s important to define what this metal actually is in the first place. Stainless steel is a generic term referring to a variety of steel types. Similar to other kinds of steel, stainless steel is made during a two-step process that primarily includes iron and carbon. What makes it different is the addition of a (minimum of 10.5%) chromium compound as well as other alloying elements.

These alloying elements are added to improve the structure and properties of the metal like formability, strength and cryogenic toughness. The most common metals to be added include nickel, molybdenum, titanium and copper.

Since stainless steel is not a uniform metal, there are many grades available. Different grades perform differently depending on their unique mixture. Finding the right grade of stainless steel can make your fasteners a better fit for your particular application.

Stainless steel fasteners are good options for businesses that are looking to be more environmentally friendly as this metal is 100% recyclable.

Benefits of Stainless Steel Fasteners

Now that we’ve covered what stainless steel is, let’s get into the benefits.

Resistance to Corrosion

Stainless steel is more resistant to corrosion than other metals. As long as there is sufficient chromium present the chromium oxide layer will protect the metal, preventing rust and tarnishing.


Stainless steel is very strong and will hold up in harsh corrosive environments as well as in places with extreme temperatures.


The extra cost of stainless steel certainly pays off. Fasteners made from this material last longer, saving you money in the long run.

Low Maintenance

Stainless steel makes maintenance easy due to its resistance to scratches and corrosion. It’s also easy to clean.

Stainless steel washers

Looking for Stainless Steel Fasteners?

If you’re looking for high quality stainless steel fasteners, look no further! We only carry the best, so you know you’re getting the quality products that you expect. If you’d like any assistance in finding what you need, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can get in touch by calling 708-450-9301 or emailing us at sales@gcfasteners.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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