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Metallic vs. Ceramic Tile Anchors

Refractory anchors keep coverings and linings in machines in the proper positions. They are also helpful for reinforcing walls and protecting surfaces from abrasions. While shopping for refractory anchors, you may have to choose between metallic or ceramic tile anchors. In this blog, we discuss which option is better suited for your intended application by checking out specific points of comparison.

Risk of Damage to Equipment

You may be using refractory anchors to save your plant equipment from potential damage. However, the last thing you want is to have your refractory anchors cause the damage. With that in mind, is there a better option between metallic or ceramic tile anchors if you’re concerned about potential damage?

Both refractory anchors shouldn’t damage your equipment as long as they are correctly installed. They can stay out of the way and avoid contact with the surface of any machines they are attached to. Some concern stems from metallic refractory anchors and potentially damaging the surfaces around them. However, you can avoid that risk by getting metallic anchors equipped with plastic caps.

Tolerance for High Heat

In industrial settings, refractory anchors are often used in machines that become high-heat environments while they’re in use. Unfortunately, not all refractory anchors are capable of withstanding high temperatures. Some of them may sustain damage after exposure to high heat and be rendered useless. Other refractory anchors may even damage the items they’re attached to after they are exposed to extreme heat.

So, is high heat something you must consider when choosing between metallic or ceramic tile anchors? Metallic anchors may expand up to three times more compared to alumino-silicate refractories, according to the mechanical magazine New Equipment Digest. However, the heat-induced expansion can be mitigated by placing plastic caps on the metallic anchors. Ceramic anchors can withstand high-heat environments but must be pretty thick to survive in those spots.


Lastly, let’s consider the durability of both metallic and ceramic tile anchors. You’ll be glad to know that durability will not be an issue regardless of which refractory anchor you decide to purchase. Both anchors can provide support for a long time, and they shouldn’t experience any dip in performance. Either way, you’re getting your money’s worth from metallic and ceramic refractory anchors.

Metallic and ceramic refractory anchors can both excel when used in industrial settings. Hopefully, the information provided here will help you see which fits your plant’s needs better. Contact our team at Refractory Anchors Inc today if you’re looking for high-quality refractory anchors!