What are Different Fixings Used For?

Metal-Finishing

Fixings are a vital part of any construction job, where ultimate security is needed when bonding materials together. There’s a variety of options to choose from, so it’s important to know which type is best suited to your project. Our wide range of metal fixings has something to cover many applications in the construction industry, with products from leading manufacturers that you can trust.

Adhesives

These are bonding agents which start as a liquid glue before solidifying to create strong connections between materials. The most common adhesive for joining metals and plastics is epoxy resin. This comes in two parts, one being a hardener, which causes the substance to become solid once dry. As resin can be inserted with a gun or injection nozzle, it is suitable for projects where bonds need to be created in small or inaccessible spaces.

Anchoring

Anchoring uses studs to create connections between materials and substrates such as concrete. Specialist parts are available for particular jobs, such as the stainless steel anchors used to install both internal and external insulation boards. Another popular application is chemical anchoring, which provides a more flexible bond than that offered by mechanical methods.

Rivets

Rivets are one of the oldest forms of fixing metals together, and remain popular due to the security that they offer. The simplest rivets consist of a shank with a head at one end, and when inserted into a channel the other end is deformed to create a second head. Once the rivet is installed, the bond they create is permanent, ensuring a stable joint. As they can also be colour-matched to the surrounding materials, this makes them an ideal choice for projects that require both endurance and a seamless finish.

Screws

Screws are incredibly versatile fasteners, as they come in a variety of sizes and materials, are easy to install, and can be removed if needed. Stainless steel screws are popular in the construction industry due to their resistance to corrosion. Their heads can also be painted to blend in with their surrounding panels or other materials.

Nails

While nails may be a simple and cheap type of fixing, there are specialist variants for projects such as roofing, panelling, and piping. These provide durable connections and can be installed with a nail gun which improves both speed and reliability of the work.

Finding the right fixing for your project

If you’re unsure which type of fixing you need, get in touch with us at Mainline Products and we’ll be happy to provide our expert advice. We also carry a number of tools and applicators that will support you in installing your chosen metal fixings safely and efficiently. To make your outward-facing fixings aesthetically pleasing, we also offer an industry-leading colour matching service. So get in touch today and we can take you from start to high-quality finish!

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