The difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Wondering what the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals are? Good! You have come to the right place. First let’s start with some examples of each type of metal.

Ferrous Metals contain iron. Some examples of ferrous metals are: cast iron, stainless steel, mild steel, carbon steel, high carbon steel and high speed steel. Generally used for their strength and durability used in such applications as skyscrapers and bridges. Generally due to the iron content if you see rust a good rule of thumb is to think ferrous. Most ferrous metal also have some magnetic properties.

Non-Ferrous Metals on the other hand do not contain iron they are not magnetic and generally more resistant to corrosion (than those on the ferrous side). Some examples of non-ferrous metals are aluminum, copper, zinc, brass and lead. As well as silver and gold. Non-Ferrous metals are generally used when the advantages outweigh the use of ferrous metals. Generally on the lighter side than their ferrous counterparts, non-ferrous metals are also more malleable and strong, especially when strength is needed and not heavy weight. In addition, being more resistant to rust and corrosion non-ferrous metals are generally found in materials that might be exposed to the elements such as water pipes, roofing, signs, gutters and since they are non-magnetic, electronics.

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