Why Are Flat Washers Commonly Used?

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

Although you might not think about flat washers as frequently as you might think about fasteners, the truth is that flat washers are very commonly used. Flat washers are sometimes used in construction, and they are commonly used in industrial settings. Fasteners can often be used without the need to use a washer, but this doesn't mean that washers aren't beneficial. These are some of the primary reasons why flat washers are commonly used.

They Protect Surfaces

First of all, you should know that flat washers are very effective at protecting surfaces that fasteners are being attached to. For example, if you're going to be screwing a bolt or screw into a piece of wood or plastic, you might be worried about the bolt or screw scratching, staining, or marring the surface. Using a flat washer is a good way to help prevent this from happening. This is very helpful for protecting and preserving surfaces to maintain the quality of the product that you're working with.

They Protect Fasteners

As mentioned above, flat washers are commonly used to protect the material that a fastener is being attached to. However, they can also be used to protect the fastener itself. If the fastener is not attached to a flat washer, then you have to worry about it being rubbed against the material, which can cause wear and tear to the fastener itself. This could cause the fastener to strip out or wear down, which impacts quality. If you use a flat washer in-between the fastener and the material that you're fastening to, however, this should do a pretty good job of protecting the fastener from being negatively impacted.

They Help With a More Secure Fastening

Of course, the whole reason why you might be using a screw or bolt in the first place is that you need to fasten two things together securely. If possible, you will probably want to do what you can to make sure that your fastener gets a good, secure hold. This will help you ensure that the fastener holds in place like it's supposed to as securely and as long as possible. Using the right flat washer can help you with more secure fastening.

As you can see, flat washers are commonly used for a number of reasons. Next time that you need to use a fastener, you may want to look into whether or not a flat washer would work well with your fastener. If so, it might benefit you in these ways and more.


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