Generally, the structural integrity of a building is its ability to withstand its intended loading without failure. This includes live load – the weight of objects, people, rain, and wind. Fasteners can either make or break the structural integrity of a building.
For instance, using inferior or sub-standard bolts and nuts affects the joining of components together, resulting in weak structures. Alternatively, using quality fasteners ensures buildings have enough support so that they can withstand the load they will be expected to carry over time.