Concealed Fastening Systems: Advantages and Applications

Appearance does count: invisible fastening solutions are an ideal choice for projects where the final aesthetic outcome is crucial, such as architecture and interior design.

As their name suggests, concealed fasteners are unable to be seen after the installation is completed. In cladding and false ceilings, for example, the fastening clips are secured under the panels, creating a smooth, uninterrupted exterior surface. Common areas of application include ventilated walls, metal roof coverings, coverings for the railway and nautical sectors, paneling, boiserie, furniture doors, shelves, and bathroom fixtures.

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Concealed solutions offer undeniable design benefits

Why is a concealed system to be preferred over an exposed one? Here are some advantages:

  • Sleek and modern appearance. One of the greatest advantages of concealed fasteners is precisely their aesthetic impact. This system results in elegant, seamless lines. Think, for example, of a building facade: the use of concealed fasteners emphasizes the cladding material for a clean, sculptural result.
  • High load-bearing capacity. Concealed systems are designed to carry high loads, despite their low installation depth.

Some types of concealed systems can be installed during the preparation and cutting stage of the receiving material (for example, in the case of slabs, tabletops, and kitchen tops). In this way, the material already equipped with the fastener can be shipped to the final user. Moreover, being placed inside the panel, the hidden fasteners do not create external clutter for the receiving material, which can thus be prepared for storage or shipment without risk of damage and with less bulk.

In conclusion, compared with exposed fastening systems, concealed solutions may require different preparation of the receiving material, but they offer undeniable design benefits.

Concealed Solutions by Specialinsert®

Two of the most innovative solutions in the field of concealed fasteners patented by Specialinsert® are KEEP-NUT® and FAST-CON®. The former is used with particular success with ventilated walls and furniture: it is a press-in system with mechanical anchorage designed to obtain a threaded seat on slabs of marble, granite, or other stone material, even thin, but also on composites, carbon, Corian®, HPL, glass, and other solid surfaces.

FAST-CON®, on the other hand, is a snap-on metal fastening system that allows you to quickly connect panels and coverings by simply pressing. It consists of two stainless steel male-female elements for quick and reliable fastening. Areas of application are many and include paneling, suspended ceilings, boiserie, removable panels, removable seats, furniture doors, and more.

In doubt about whether or not to choose a concealed system for your projects? Contact our sales assistance team: we will conduct an accurate assessment of the desired aesthetic outcome and the type of application required, in order to recommend the most suitable product for your needs among more than 5,000 items in our catalog.

This article was originally published by Specialinsert®.

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