Characteristics of Non-Ferrous Metals

Identifying metals is crucial in the scrap metal process, as some hold more of a monetary value than others. Ferrous metals are far more common than their non-ferrous counterparts, which means the value of non-ferrous metals are typically higher. There are a few different characteristics to distinguish the two metals apart. At Irving's Recyclables, we are experts in recycling scrap metals of all kinds and can help you evaluate whatever metal you may have in your possession.


Types of Non-Ferrous Metals

  • brass
  • copper
  • nickel
  • tin
  • lead
  • zinc
  • gold
  • silver

Both ferrous and non-ferrous metals exude great strength, but non-ferrous metals are used when their advantages are more in the forefront. This is due to the higher pricing of non-ferrous metals, making them a more expensive option to choose. Perhaps the best example of this is the malleability of non-ferrous metals. They are more easily shaped into sizes and designs fit for a project. 


Non-Ferrous Metal Properties


The weight of non-ferrous metals is also a factor, as they are lighter. So when the weight of something is an issue, non-ferrous metals are great to use as they also provide much needed strength to their application. This is particularly true in the aircraft industry, where even the most minute differences in weight are factored in.


Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, thus rust far less frequently than ferrous metals, which rust easily when exposed to the elements. Do to their resistance to rust, they are great for gutters, water piping, roofing and road signs. And they are also not magnetic, so they are great for small electronics and electrical wiring.

Scrap Metal Recycling Services 


Many non-ferrous metals are scarcely found and metallurgists rely heavily on scrap metal recycling to keep their industries afloat. So there are many benefits to recycling your non-ferrous metals. You can make a few extra bucks, help the environment by not dumping, and help other businesses and companies maintain their product line by getting hard-to-find metals. Contact us today to learn more about our recycling services for Long Island residents.