Which angle bracket is right to buy for your application? Here’s our guide:
Angle brackets or corner braces are a versatile staple of construction. They can be a sturdy fixing in their own right, or you can use them to reinforce other fixing methods.
Choosing the right bracket is about balancing the various priorities of the project. Strength, fixing, material, corrosion resistance and visual appeal may all be considerations in your final choice, but it is important to make the right choice to ensure your project is safe, robust and built to last.
Which angle brace do I need?
As a general rule of thumb, it’s the thickness of the metal which will determine the suitability of a corner brace for your application. Thinner steels will typically suit relatively lightweight applications such as shelving and furniture. Thicker steels are the right option when the work is more structural:
Application: Domestic shelving, cabinets, chairs etc
Angle brace? A zinc plated corner brace of under 2mm thickness should be fine for lightweight, indoor applications
Application: Small frames, interior fittings and furniture
Angle brace? Choose a light reinforced angle bracket for more demanding applications
Application: Rafter anchors, small trusses, cantilevers, headers etc
Angle brace? Structural applications require heavy duty corner braces of 2.5mm thickness or more
Which angle braces are suitable for outdoor use?
The simple rule of thumb when choosing a corner bracket for outdoor use is to choose dull over shiny. Matt metals are usually galvanised, which coats the metal in a zinc coating approximately 50 microns thick. Zinc plated angle brackets are, as the name suggests, also coated in zinc, but the coating is much thinner.
So when you’re working indoors and prefer a shinier, more aesthetically pleasing finish, opt for a zinc plate brace (providing it has the strength you require). For outdoor applications, opt for galvanised as it will offer much greater corrosion resistance.
And for a combination of high corrosion resistance and/or visual appeal, choose stainless steel corner brackets.
How do I fix an angle brace?
Most of our brackets offer a choice of fixing options, and many are pre-drilled to accommodate nails, bolts or screws. Always choose a fixing appropriate to the application.
Buy angle brackets for lighter weight applications and you’ll find pre-drilled holes are usually countersunk, so that your fixings will sit flush with the plate. Heavier duty braces are not typically countersunk, reflecting the fact that the heavier duty the plate, the less aesthetics are likely to be part of the equation.
Buy angle brackets now from Tradefix Direct
For over 20 years we’ve been supplying angle brackets from top brands such as BPC and Simpson to UK tradesmen and DIYers. We’re as committed to delivering exceptional service as we are great prices, and you’ll find both when you buy online or call us for advice.
So if you’re not sure which corner brace is the right one for your project, call us now on 0161 794 1783. We’ll be only too happy to help.