Moisture promotes general deterioration and the formation of rust and other types of corrosion on many types of metal fasteners. Some metal fasteners corrode faster than others, such as those made of iron. Although some metals like aluminum also corrode, the process creates a hard, protective barrier against future deterioration.
- Purchase fasteners that have been specially treated with rust-proof coatings.
- Invest in fasteners made of metals that corrode slowly or that form protective barriers when corroding, such as aluminum, brass, galvanized steel and stainless steel.
- Make certain that fasteners are securely inserted into other materials with high pressure surrounding them to reduce movement. Gaps in holes can expose fasteners to moisture. They can also cause friction wear.
- Store fasteners made of metals that rust or corrode rapidly in a climate-controlled, low-humidity area. If you live near saltwater, it’s important to also make certain that storage containers are appropriately sealed to prevent air salt-based corrosion.
Although metal deterioration is inevitable, our team of experts at Fasteners Inc. know that it is possible for metal fasteners to last a lifetime. For more information, contact us today.