Characteristics of Ferrous Metals

When searching for scrap metals on Long Island, it is important to understand the differences between ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals. They both have different characteristics that lead to different monetary values. Mild steel, carbon steel and stainless steels are all steels that are considered ferrous, as well as cast iron and wrought iron. The primary use of these metals is due to their tensile strength and durability. Leading among these is mild steel, which is used in the construction of skyscrapers and bridges. Ferrous metals are also common in housing construction, industrial containers, automobiles, rails for train-travel and piping.


Identifying a Ferrous Metal


Many ferrous metals are alloys, which are vulnerable to rust when exposed to the elements for long periods of time. This is due to the high amounts of carbon when creating them. So, it is a good rule to follow that if you see rust, it is most likely a ferrous metal. Also, magnetic properties are found in many ferrous metals, so the use of a magnet can also help identify a ferrous metal.


Ferrous Metal Recycling


Ferrous metals are the most recycled material in the world, which makes their value lower than their non-ferrous counterpart. However, disposing of these metals are still a valuable transaction, as not only will you earn some cash, but you will be helping the environment as well. Contact us today to learn more about our variety of recycling services. Call 631-842-1222 if you have any questions concerning scrap metal.