Bolts and Accessories Explained

A bolt is a type of fastener which is designed to secure and attach objects to one another. With such a large selection of bolts available on the market, it can often be hard to know what’s what. This article takes a look at some of the most common types of bolts and accessories, and it explains what each of their benefits are.


U-bolts get their name from their curved U-shape frame. They are commonly used to attach pipes to walls, or to attach fastenings onto other round surfaces.


L-bolts are similar in style to a U-bolt, except for the fact that they have an open eyelet to form an L-shape on the both. They are used for fixtures where an open eye bolt is required.

Plate Washers

A plate washer is a thin disc that has a hole in the middle which allows it to be threaded onto a bolt or screw. They are typically made out of a type of hardened steel to make them strong and durable. Plate washers are available in a range of shapes and sizes, with the most popular shapes being round or square.

Pile Cage Assembly

Some bolt manufacturers will also specialize in creating a variety of cages with varying diameters, shapes and sizes. They will be able to make a strong and durable cage, which is built with a high degree of precision and quality. Cages have a variety of applications, including for use in pile cages, pile caps, walls and barriers, tunnels and beams. A specialist will be able to advise you on the process, and what the best type of cage is for your needs.

Straight Bolts

Straight bolts are a common type of fastener which have a long frame with a bolt head. These bolts are available in a range of thicknesses and lengths. US bolts

Custom Bolts

Many large bolt manufacturing companies will also be able to custom make bolts exactly to your specifications. This is beneficial if you require odd shaped, or abnormally large or small bolts which fall outside of the traditional bolt size range. If you require a large amount of bolts, washers or accessories, then the manufacturing company may be able to provide you with a discounted wholesale price for your order.


There are a huge range of accessories available for use with bolts and washers. Popular washer types include finishing washers, split locks, tooth locks, ogee washers and sealing washers. Common nut types are hex nuts, jam nuts, cap nuts, square nuts, slotted nuts, flange nuts and castle nuts.

Where to Purchase Bolts From

One of the best places to purchase bolts and accessories is from a specialist retailer. All reputable retailers will have a website where you will be able to view details of the products that they stock, and information on how to order. They will also have knowledgeable staff who will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have. Always choose a trusted company to ensure that you are purchasing high quality products that are built to last.