Comparisons between Carbon Steel (G.I. Platted) Anchor Fasteners v/s Stainless Steel

Carbon steel and stainless steel are metal alloys i.e. these are metals that are formed by combining two or more metal elements to enhance certain properties such as strength and reactivity. Each is suitable for specific applications and each comes with different grades suitable for various user-defined applications. For instance, Anchor Fasteners are made from both carbon steel and stainless steel and people prefer either of the two for specific situations. The following is a look at the difference between these two metal alloys to help you choose the correct Anchors for your needs. 

Carbon steel is a metal alloy of carbon and iron that has a relatively low tensile strength whose surface hardness can be increased through carburizing. The amount of carbon used is usually less than 2 percent and no other metal elements are added. Carbon steel is the most abundantly produced of all steel products. It has a wide range of applications in the electrical, constructions & infrastructure sector due to its ferromagnetic nature. 

Stainless steel is a metal alloy consisting of iron and chromium. The amount of chromium used with the iron usually varies from a minimum of 10 percent to 30 percent depending on the desired quality of the final product. Some other elements such as titanium and nickel may be added to enhance specific qualities of steel.  Unlike other metals, stainless steel does not rust or corrode.

Comparison Chart

 Carbon SteelStainless Steel
An alloy of iron and carbonAlloy of iron and chromium
Can rustDoesn’t rust
Hard and wear-resistantSofter 

Carbon Steel v/s Stainless Steel

What is the difference between carbon steel and stainless steel? The difference lies in their composition, uses, and whether they rust or not.

If you are looking to choose between a carbon steel anchor and a stainless steel anchor, here is a short guide. Both types of anchors can do the job, but each has its own advantages. A carbon steel anchor is made from a mixture of iron and carbon. This means that it can rust. However, carbon is a strong metal and therefore gives the anchor fastener a good measure of strength that you might need in some tasks. It also means that when shaped up, a stainless steel anchor won’t shape-up easily than a carbon steel anchor, which is more wear resistant. In addition, although carbon steel is stronger than stainless steel, it is much easier to shape them than stainless steel. This is an important characteristic in manufacturing Anchor Fasteners

Stainless steel is made from chromium and iron. The chromium used gives it its anti-corrosiveness and aesthetic appeal. This makes it easy to use in moist environments. For most infrastructure projects, stainless steel anchor fasteners are good enough, especially since they can be left unclean for a relatively long period without rusting and can be cleaned very easily later.

Carbon anchor fasteners are fragile to take care of because of the brittleness of the carbon in them. They can chip/ break when given excessive loads. Also they can easily rust or stain. They cannot stand prolonged exposure to dirt or water since they can react to it and become dis-colored or rusty.

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