Stainless Steel Wall Ties: A Crucial Component
Stainless steel is used extensively in the construction industry. One of the products it is especially useful for creating is wall ties, which are used to securely attach internal walls to external across a cavity.
In the UK, the traditional type of brick and block building comprises two rows of masonry separated by a cavity. Installing wall ties allows the two walls to act as a single, homogeneous unit, preventing structural issues such as water ingress, cracking of masonry and eventual collapse.
Stainless steel wire, strip or plate, all of which are readily available from BS Stainless, can be used to construct wall ties. The selection of which type of wall tie is most suitable for any given building is dependent on a number of factors, including masonry type, cavity width, type of building, height of building and geographical location. Eurocodes and Building Regulations govern the correct usage of stainless steel wall ties.
Though wall ties are the method of choice for construction in the UK, this is by no means a global phenomenon. In fact, most of Europe uses rebar and concrete to facilitate the process though expats living in European countries often replicate the process. As Brexit looms, it will be interesting to see if wall ties will still be in demand in Europe. Other growth areas are Australia, South Africa and Canada all are countries with a strong demand for wall ties and stainless steel in construction.
Stainless steel is the ideal material for creating wall ties, as well as other construction essentials such as lintels, wall starters, builder lathes and restraining anchors. BS Stainless are expert suppliers of the stainless steel slit coil, blanks, plate and wire used to create such components and our global presence ensures that we can deliver quickly and reliably.