It is necessary to consider many factors into consideration when determining which type of concrete anchor is best for each unique job. No matter what the application, it is a cost-effective measure to purchase the most effective anchor by first considering the type, configuration and style of fastener available.
- A summary of the key features about the different types of anchors is provided below:
Types of Concrete Fasteners
- Refers to the material that the concrete anchor is made from: carbon steel that is zinc plated, stainless steel, hot-dipped galvanized and Zamac
- Carbon steel zinc plated anchors are suitable for indoor applications or in areas without the presence of moisture
- Stainless steel concrete anchors are available in different grades of stainless steel (410, 303, 304 and 316) and can be used in moist areas or submerged in water
- The configurations of concrete fasteners relate to how the anchor mechanically obtains friction to the base material and in the case of the female anchor, the type of bolt required to set or be placed into the anchor
Configurations of Concrete Fasteners
- Concrete fasteners that utilize a mechanical means to achieve friction come in different configurations
- The basic means for achieving friction is to insert the anchor into a hole in the base material and to expand it so that it is larger than the hole
- This expansion is achieved in two ways: by the anchor itself or by an outside source such as a bolt, lag screw or setting tool.
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