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36 Types of Screws and Screw Heads (Ultimate Chart & Guide)

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Do you remember the first time you stripped a screw?

I do. My dad was not happy because I stripped it trying to take it out. Fortunately we finagled it out, but it was ugly.

When it comes to screws, there are a lot of different types of screws as well as an intricate set of parts to a screw. We dug in and decided to write an epic guide on screw options. Here it is.

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I. Screwhead Buying Guide

Chart showing 60 types of screws, screw heads, bolts, nuts, and washers chart

Chart showing 60 types of screws, screw heads, bolts, nuts and washers chart

Finding the right type of screw head for your project when there are hundreds of combinations of the drive type and head shape can be confusing, especially for beginning DIYers.

It’s important to understand the differences between the shapes and drive types, not only so that you can find the right tools for your screws, but also so that you can ensure that your screwhead does everything you need for your project.

First, let’s focus on what it means for a screw to be countersunk or non-countersunk, and learn about the different types of screwheads for each.

II. Screwhead Shapes

The shape of your screwhead may not seem important, but each head type is made that way for a reason, usually enabling you to create your project easier, and with your preferred finish.

The head of a screw is where your screw will stop. Only the threaded part will be beneath the surface of your project, leaving the head outside, or flush with, the surface.

Some head shapes help to create the look of the finished product, but they also usually have a purpose beyond aesthetics. The head shape of the screw also helps you drive the screw into your material using your force and the mechanics of the screw.

III. Types of Screwheads

A. Countersunk Screw Heads

Source: For Mere Mortals

Countersinking is a method used to help prevent splitting wood when you drill.

With the use of a countersinking bit, you can create both a pilot hold and the proper angle needed to house your screw.

The process pre-drills your hole with the correct head angle to help create a professional-looking finish for your project.

Some screwheads require countersinking because of their shape and angle. Here are the head shapes you’ll need to countersink before drilling:

1. Flat

Flat stainless steel screw with ovan head.

Source: Amazon

Flat screwheads sit entirely flush with a surface, leaving none of the head exposed. These types of screws require you to countersink them.

The benefit of flat screws is that you won’t have to worry about your screw sticking out from the surface and causing other things to catch on it, which is essential if you’re creating your own sofa or building a bookshelf that people will walk by often.

You also won’t see the screw head if you use a screw cover.

Flat Head Degrees

Flat head screws have varying degrees. The degree of a flat head refers to its had angle or the angle from the top of the head to the surface where the threaded part meets the head.

An 82-degree flat head is the standard angle, but there are also 90-degrees, 100-degrees, and more. A higher degree requires a shorter, but more spread out, countersink hole.

Flat Undercut 82-degree

A flat undercut 82-degree head has the same angle as a standard 82-degree head, but the head is much shorter. This head shape helps give the screw a longer thread on the same screw length because of its shorter head size.

2. Raised

Stainless steel raised-head corrosion resistant screw.

 

Source: Amazon

Raised heads, sometimes known as oval-shaped heads, have an angle much like flat screws but have more of a dome-shaped head. You’ll also need to countersink these screws to accommodate the angle.

Unlike a flat screw, the head of a raised screw will come out of the surface slightly. This shape doesn’t necessarily help the screw’s drive performance, but it, instead, is more for decoration.

3. Bugle

Black bugle screw with sharp point perfect for drywall sheetrock and wood.

 

Source: Amazon

Bugle heads are used mainly on screws made for plasterboard and drywall.

This shape is much like a flat screw head, except that, instead of an angle underneath the surface of the head, you’ll see a curved shape that can reduce damage to a surface.

Bugle screws are self-drilling, so you won’t need to drill any pilot holes before using them, and their unique shape allows them to distribute stress over a wider surface than flat screws.

B. Non-Countersunk Screw Heads

Non-countersunk screws tend to have a head shape without an angle, and one that sits outside of the surface of your project, so it’s not necessary to create an angle that houses the screw head.

Here are the most common types of heads that won’t require you to countersink them:

1. Binding

Cross head binding screw with anti-corrosion and anti-rust features.

 

Source: Amazon

Binding screws are a unique type of screw that you can use for a range of projects. These screws have a slightly domed head and screw into each other with a male and female side.

Often, short binding screws can hold together large manuals and other bookbinding projects, but you can also use them to hold together swatches, leather, and more.

2. Domed

Stainless steel dome screw with hex socket and silver color features.

 

Source: Amazon

Domed heads are one of the most common types you’ll find. These are ideal for projects that don’t require you to hide the head of the screw like you would with a flat head, such as with an ottoman using decorative screws that protrude from the fabric.

The dome shape creates a visually appealing design on the surface, while the flat inner part of the dome helps the screw stop where it needs to just at the surface.

3. Flange

Coarse thread hex flange screw with serration medium carbon steel zinc.

 

Source: Amazon

Flange screws are sometimes referred to as frame screws.

The head of these screws can vary from circular to hexed, and it juts out from a circular flange directly underneath the head.

The flange helps the screw to remain in its position, taking the place of a washer for some projects.

4. Truss

Phillips Truss head screw in black finish.

 

Source: Amazon

Truss heads are typically wider than the heads on other screws and have a slightly rounded surface.

You’ll usually need truss heads when working with sheet metal and other projects that require large holes because the wide head prevents the truss screw from going through the hole.

C. Combination Heads

Although these are the more common types of heads for screws, it’s possible to find variations and combinations of them.

It’s important to pay attention to whether the screws need to be countersunk or not. You can always find this out by looking at the head.

A screwhead that requires countersinking will have an angular shape underneath the head, while a screw that doesn’t need countersinking will be flat under the head.

Your project is also something to take into consideration. Do you mind if a rounded head protrudes from the surface, or would you rather have a smooth finish from a flat screw?

It’s possible that you’ll find a combination of screwheads that will meet your needs, as long as you understand how each one will affect your project’s assembly and finished look.

D. Screwhead Drive Types

The drive of a screwhead refers to the type of tool you’ll need to install the screw. You’ll notice several different shapes on screws, in addition to their type of head, that will require a special type of screwdriver to work with the screw.

The drive is directly related to how the screw attaches to a surface. Some drives are better at avoiding stripping, which renders a screw useless, than others, but may also cost more money and be more difficult to find tools for.

1. Hex External

Hex external stainless screw with bright finish and self-tapping features.

 

 

Source: Amazon

External hex screws have a hexagonal head shape that protrudes from the surface. Some have built-in flanges, whereas others only have the hexagon shape as the full head.

You’ll need a wrench or socket to install or remove these screws. You can get good leverage on these screws since you turn the full head, rather than just an internal portion of the head.

See more about hex bolts here.

2. Hex Internal

Hex internal stainless steel screw with socket cap and plain finish features.

 

Source: Amazon

An internal hex screw requires an Allen wrench to install or remove.

These screws are common for furniture that requires some assembly because they’re unlikely to be damaged by the Allen wrench when installing, unlike a Phillips or slotted screw, leaving you with a pleasing finish.

Most internal hex screws come with an Allen wrench that fits them.

3. Phillips

Flat head stainless Phillips screw perfect for wood.

 

Source: Amazon

A Phillips screw is one of the most common. This screw has a cross-shape that helps self-center the screw to avoid it drilling at odd angles.

You can also use a drill with a Phillips screw because its self-centering design allows it to remain in place when you apply force from a drill. However, too much force can strip the head quickly.

4. Pozidrive

Flathead with Pozi drive screw.

 

Source: Amazon

Pizodrive screws look similar to the Phillips shape, except that they have a few more grooves in them that create a shape resembling a star.

You can sometimes use a Phillips screwdriver to remove them, but not always.

These screws give slightly more stability when force is applied than Phillips screws, but you’ll need a specific bit or screwdriver to match the grooves.

You can tell the difference between a Pozidrive and Phillips screw by looking at them from the side. On the Pozidrive, you’ll notice ribs between each of the four arms, and they’ll be marked with a “pz.”

5. Quadrex

Quadrex screw for pocket hole drilling in zinc finish.

 

Source: Amazon

The Quadrex head drive, also known as a Phillips square drive, is a combination of Phillips and square recess.

It looks much like the Phillips design, except that the middle of the cross shape is squared rather than pointed, which can help prevent stripping when you apply more force.

6. Slotted

Stainless steel slotted screw with corrosion resistance and plain surface.

 

Source: Amazon

Slotted head screws are what most people refer to as flathead screws, because they have one narrow opening for a flat screwdriver.

Although this type of screw is one of the most common and inexpensive types, it’s also the most prone to stripping. In fact, slotted screws are supposed to strip, by design, to prevent you from overtightening them.

Slotted screws are best for projects that require a few screws that you can screw manually, rather than with a powered drill, which will often cause the screw to strip or cam out.

7. Square Recess

Square recess with white pan head screw.

 

Source: Amazon

Square recess screws are also commonly referred to as Robertsons.

These have a square center point that prevents cam outs. The bit that drives square recess screws also juts out on a square taper, which creates a self-holding design so that you don’t need to hold the bit in place.

8. Star

Stainless steel star screw with bugle head and type 17 point features.

 

Source: Amazon

Star-shaped heads encompass several different styles that form shapes that resemble stars.

The double-square drive has two Robertson’s squares that form an 8-point star in the middle. You can use a Robertson’s bit to drive it or use a special one for the double-square for higher torque application.

There’s also a triple square with three Robertson’s squares, creating a 12-point star.

Triple squares are most commonly used when you need a high level of force without stripping the screw. You’ll see them mostly on internal car parts, like drivetrain components.

9. TORX

TORX all purpose wood construction screw.

 

Source: Amazon

Most people have TORX screw bits in their drill bit sets but rarely use them.

TORX screws have a 6-point star shape in the middle and are often used on electronics items, like computers and DVD players.

One of the reasons these screws are becoming more popular in recent years is because of their ability to prevent cam out, which is especially helpful when building electronics.

10. TORX Plus

TORX plus screw with patented drive system.

 

Source: OEM Fast

TORX Plus screws have shallower grooves between the star points to allow a screwdriver or bit to have more contact with the screwhead, which will enable you to put more force on it.

11. Tri-Wing

Stainless steel Tri-wing metal screw with truss head.

 

Source: Global Industrial

Tri-Wing screws are a somewhat recent invention of the Phillips Screw Company, which offer both the ability to apply more force than you could to a regular Phillips screw and more security than other screws.

The Tri-Wing design needs a special driver to install and remove it, and its deep grooves allow for more torque from a drill.

E. Tamper-Resistant Screws

If you find a screw that looks a bit differently than the type it says it is, then it’s probably a tamper-resistant version.

Tamper-resistant screws are variations of some of the most common types, such as TORX, Phillips, and Hex.

These screws are beneficial for use in public places that might fall victim to theft, like public restrooms, where expensive fixtures can be tempting for some.

There are various types of tamper-resistant screws, all of which offer multiple levels of security:

1. Pin Screws

Stainless steel Pin screw with tamper proof security and button head sheet.

 

Source: Amazon

The most common type of tamper-resistant screw, the pin screw will have the same design as what their regular versions have, such as a cross-shape for a Phillips screw, but with an additional layer of security to prevent easy removal.

Each head will have an additional pin in the design that requires a special tool to install and remove them. A Phillips screwdriver will not work to install or remove a tamper-resistant Phillips screw.

2. Sentinel Screws

Countersunk security screw with sentinel head.

 

Source: Toolstop

Sentinel screws offer high-level protection because you can only drive them one way. They’re challenging to remove, so they’re best for permanent fixtures.

3. 2-Hole Screws

2-hole Spanner head screw with tamper resistant.

 

Source: Amazon

2-hole screws, also known as spanners, offer security without sacrificing the finished look. They have a flat head with two small holes that require a special tool to install and remove.

IV. More Details

There are a few more important things to note about different screwheads before you make a purchase:

1. Avoiding Cam-Out

We mentioned that quite a few screws are designed to prevent cam outs, while the makers of the slotted screw specifically designed it to cam out to stop the screw from overtightening.

Cam out is something you don’t want to happen to you during your project.

When a screw cams out, your screwdriver or bit slips out of the screw head. When this happens, it can:

  • Strip a screw head, rendering the screw useless
  • Cause the wood you’re drilling into to split
  • Cause damage to other materials with nicks, cracks, and more
  • Cause injury to the user

Screws that can handle more torque or force, will typically be less likely to cam out. Screwheads with several grooves, such as the TORX and other star-shaped heads, give your tools more points and grooves to hold onto, lowering the risk of a cam-out.

Selecting the right bit for your screw is essential to avoiding cam-out. This helpful video can show you how to choose the right bit for your screw head:

2. Preventing Stripped Screws

The most important thing you can do to avoid your screws from stripping is to use the right drill bit and make sure it’s a good one.

A cheap drill bit may save you a few dollars, but if it’s wasting all of your screws, it’s not doing you much good in the long run.

However, the wrong size bit can also be to blame. A bit that’s slightly too small or large can both have the same effect on your screws: a stripped head.

It’s also crucial that you don’t angle your bit in a way that makes the bit turn incorrectly. It’s easy to prevent this with certain screw heads, like TORX, but it’s not so easy for more simplified heads, like Phillips and slotted.

3. Removing Stripped Screws

If your screw heads do strip out, they’ll become damaged to the point that your regular tools won’t be able to install them further or remove them.

If you’re trying to install a screw with a stripped head, don’t. Remove the screw and start with a new one.

Removing the screw can be tricky if it’s entirely installed, though, unless you have a special tool known as a stripped screw extractor.

Sometimes, this special bit comes in a kit with other tools, all of which work together to grab and pull out the stripped screw.

This video demonstrates how to use an extractor to remove a stripped screw, as well as a couple of other handy methods to tuck in your back pocket:

4. Matching Screwheads to Materials and Projects

There’s no point spending more money on a screw and matching bit that you don’t need for your project.

Small woodworking projects that don’t require extra force from a drill are ones that you can usually complete with a Phillips, slotted, or other simplified screw head.

A good rule of thumb is to go for a more simplified design with any project that needs only a light force from a drill or manual use of a screwdriver.

For more complicated projects with heavy-duty materials, just as installing sheetrock or assembling car parts, you’ll want a screw head with a design that has several points and grooves, such as a TORX or Twi-Wing screw.

5. Screw Head Material

The screw head material will almost always match the material of the threaded part of a screw.

But, different materials can make a big difference in your project, depending on the materials you’re working with.

Most screws consist of steel but may also come in variations that are more weather-resistant than regular steel, like stainless steel or titanium. These are good options for putting together outdoor furniture or anything that will be exposed to weather or damp conditions.

You might also find aluminum screws, which can be a good option for projects that won’t be exposed to weather conditions. Aluminum can corrode quickly and is less durable than steel and other heavy-duty materials.

If you’re going to use a drill with your screws, you might also want to opt for a more durable material, since aluminum can strip more easily with higher force from a drill.

6. Price Differences

Most common screws are relatively low in price. It’s when you need to look for screws in odd sizes that you might start seeing a large spike in their cost. Also, specialty screws, like drywall screws, will typically cost more than screws meant for generic purposes.

The screw head does make a difference, too, in most cases. More common heads, like slotted and Phillips are generally at the low end of the budget, whereas star-shaped, TORX, and other high-performing screws may cost more.

However, they’ll also save you some hassle when assembling your project, since you’ll have less worry over cam out and stripping with high-performing screws.

V. Best Type of Screws for Various Uses

Types of Screws for Particle Board & MDF

When it comes to screwing particle board and MDF, it is imperative that you carefully choose the right type of screws to do so. This is because, compared to other traditional wood boards, particle boards and MDF are easier to drill, denser, more uniform, cheaper, have a higher tensile strength, and do not crack or break easily.

Consequently, keeping such vital aspects in mind, when choosing screws for your particle board and MDF, I would recommend types of screws that meet the following crucial requirements and specifications.

  • Materials – carbon steel, brass, and stainless steel.
  • Diameter – between 3 mm and 6 mm and above.
  • Length – within 12 mm to 200 mm.
  • Head style – double *flat head, countersunk *flat head, oval head, and *pan head. The most popular heads are flat or pan.
  • Gauge – 8 or 10.
  • Surface treatment –  white, Nickel plated, Black Oxide, Zinc coated, Waxed, etc.

2. Types of Screws for Particle Board & MDF

Given the above, the types of screws that meet the criteria above are:

Sharp Self-Tapping Tip Screws (e.g. Rok ROKS8X1PPCBP-100)

These screws come equipped with a sharp self-tapping tip. As such, they require no pre-drilling. Aggressive coarse threads enable them to bite firmly into the particle board for tight joining. Their design features make them perfectly suitable and durable enough for firmly screwing both particle boards and MDF.

  • Diameter: #8
  • Length: 1 inch
  • Head Style: Pan
  • Quantity: 100

N.B The #2 Philips driver bit ideal for driving in the screws is not included in the set.

Flat Head Stainless Steel Screws (e.g. Spax #10 x 3.5 in. with Double Lock Thread)

These come with teeth at the front that enables them to go into a variety of materials easily. Flat Head Stainless Steel screws are available in a wide variety of sizes. Some of these are:

  • Diameter: #10
  • Length: 3.5 inches
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Head Style: Flat

Specific examples include: SPAX #8 x 1-1/4in, SPAX #10 x 3in, SPAX #8 x 2-1/2in.

SPAX 4191020500904 Wood-Screws, 10 x 3-1/2"

N.B Double Lock Thread type screws such as Spax are manufactured using a technology that enables the screw to be driven faster and reduces the possibility of it splitting in wood. This helps to join the boards tightly and also prevents screws from backing out. As a result, the boards do not squeak as they dry out.

Flat Head Wood Screw (e.g. #6 x 1/2″ Stainless 8-8 S/S Black Xylan Coated Phillips 100 pc)

A full coarse thread that runs throughout the screw’s length enables these screws to bite firmly in composite wood. Such characteristics and design features make these screws one of the best for MDF and particle boards.

  • Diameter: #6-8
  • Length: 1 inch
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Head Style: Flat
  • Quantity: 100

N.B  because it is not as sharp and since its cross drive is not included in the pack, pre-drilling is recommended when using this screw.

Coarse Deep Thread Pan Head Screws (e.g. Rok Hardware #8 x 1″ Black Phosphate Wood MDF)

Equipped with a sharp self-tapping tip, these screws require no pre-drilling. Their coarse deep threads give them a fiercely aggressive bite that firmly joins particle board for a tight joint.

  • Material
Metal
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Pan
  • Exterior Finish
Black Phosphate
  • Thread Size
#8

N.B is used for many other woodworking needs.

Pan Head Screws (Rok Hardware #6 x 1/2″ Standard Thread Phillips, 100 Pack)

Although short (0.5 inches), these screws can easily penetrate particle boards and equally narrow widened boards.  Other design features making them ideal for  MDF and particle boards  are:

  • Material
Metal
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Pan
  • Exterior Finish
Zinc
  • Thread Size
#6

Rok Hardware #6 x 1/2" Standard Thread Phillips Pan Head Screws Zinc Plated, 100 Pack

3. Types of Screws for Fiberglass and Plastic

In recent years, the use of fiberglass and plastic in DIY projects on boats, roofs, and bathrooms has become quite popular. Extremely strong, but not very heavy, both fiberglass and plastic are lighter but more fragile than wood or metal. This makes screwing them no child’s play. Doing so with unsuitable screws could result in your fiberglass or plastic cracking and being damaged.

To successfully screw fiberglass, you need more than just normal screws, you need special types of screws for fiberglass. These include:

#6 x 1” Flat Head Countersink Screw (#6 x 1″ Phillips Zinc-Plated Steel)

Coming with a zinc-plating on top of the steel, these #6 x 1″ Flat Head Countersink screws have added extra strength and durability for longer use. Their design features also make them capable of fastening metal,  fiberglass, and plastic.

  • Material
Zinc-Plated Steel
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Exterior Finish
Zinc
  • Thread Size
#6

#6 x 1" Flat Head Torx Security Sheet Metal Screws, Includes bit, 18-8 Stainless Steel Tamper Resistant, Qty 25 by Bridge Fasteners

Flat Head Countersink Screws (#8 x 3/4″ Phillips)

Also made with zinc-plating on top of the steel, these 8 x 3/4″ Flat Head Countersink screws have added extra strength and durability for longer use. Their design features also make them capable of fastening metal,  fiberglass, and plastic.

  • Material
Zinc-Plated Steel
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Exterior Finish
Zinc
  • Thread Size
#8-15 Thread x 3/4″ long

#8 x 3/4" Phillips Flat Head Countersink Screw, Zinc-Plated Steel for Attaches Sheet Metal to Wood, Plastic, or Fiberglass - Box of 100

304 Stainless Slotted Hex Washer Head Screws (e.g. SNUG Fasteners 25 Qty #14 x 3/4″)

Able to fasten wood, metal, and fiberglass, these screws are quite versatile and suitable for many other jobs. Their design features make them capable of fastening metal,  fiberglass, metal, and plastic.

  • Drive Type: Slotted Hex Head
  • Material:  304 Stainless Steel
  • Use:  Metal, Wood, Plastic & Fiberglass
  • Quantity:  25 #14 x 3/4″ Screws

SNUG Fasteners SNG1109 500 Qty #8 x 1 Black Phillips Modified Truss Head Wood Screws

4. Types of Screws for Plywood

Weather Resistant Washer Head Pocket Hole Screws (e.g. Blue Kote 2-1/2″, 8)

This bluish screw is covered in three chemically-combined anti-corrosion layers. Consequently, it is 400% more weather resistant than the Zinc-plated type. Inside, it is made using hardened steel that won’t bend or break while coarse threads bite aggressively as you drive in the screw. Their design features also make them capable of fastening soft/ plywood.

  • Material
Zinc
  • Drive System
Square
  • Head Style
Washer
  • LxWxH
3 x 3 x 5 inches
  • Exterior Finish
Zinc

Kreg SML-C250B-250 Blue-Kote Weather Resistant Pocket Hole Screws - 2 1/2", 8 Coarse, Washer Head, 250 count

GuardDog Exterior Wood Screw, (e.g. FastenMaster FMGD003-75Tan, 3-Inch, 75-Pack)

Coming with an aggressive thread design that maximizes biting power, this screw features a sharp tip that penetrates easily through wood without requiring predrilling. It is available in lengths of 1.6, 2, 2.5, and 3.5 inches.

  • Material        
Copper
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Multi-Lobe
  •  LxWxH
4.5 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Exterior Finish
Plain

The GuardDog coating has been tested and approved for use in ACQ, Copper Azole PT, Cedar, and Redwood applications. This fastener is guaranteed to protect against rust for the life of the project. However, these threads don’t run the entire length.

FastenMaster FMGD003-75 GuardDog Exterior Wood Screw, Tan, 3-Inch, 75-Pack

Flat Tip Screws (e.g. Rockler Firmit Connecting Screw)

As their name implies, these screws have a flat tip. However, their design requires pre-drilling before being installed. Due to this and their design features, they give a very tight grip on softwood, plywood as well as particle board.

  • Length: 2 inches
  • Material: Steel
  • Head Style: Flat
  • Quantity: 100

Firmit Connecting Screw 7 x 50 mm

N.B, these screws’ steel build has no protective anti-corrosion outer coat.

Maxi-Loc Head Washer screws (e.g. Kreg SML-C250-250)

Sitting flush in the pocket hole to avoid being pulled through, such screws have aggressive coarse threads that provide high gripping power. A long steel shank enhances its general strength and durability. Other design features making them ideal for soft and plywood are:

  • Diameter: #8
  • Length: 2.5 inches
  • Material: Steel
  • Head Style: Washer
  • Quantity: 250

N.B screws have a sharp auger tip that self-taps its hole, so predrilling is not required. However, they do not have a full thread that runs along the entire length of the screw. In addition, a driving bit is not included in the pack.

Drywall Sheet Screw (e.g. Qualihome #6 Coarse Thread Sharp Point )

Ideal for your home, office, or workplace, these screws come with black coarse thread and sharp points. They are durable strong metal steel screws able to secure gypsum boards to studs to attach wood to wood. They have a sharp point to pierce through the plywood and even drywall.

Their coarse thread design helps grab into wood studs. Once the screw has been driven, the bugle head allows for quick and easy countersinking.

  • Material
Alloy Steel
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Bugle
  • Exterior Finish
Metal, Steel

Qualihome #6 Coarse Thread Sharp Point Drywall Screw with Phillips Drive #2 Bugle Head, 1 Lb/Pound, Black, Ideal Screw for Drywall Sheetrock, Wood and More, 1-5/8 Inch, 210 Pack

Coarse Washer Head SELF Tapping Screw (e.g. Kreg SML-C125)

These feature self-tapping auger tips-you don’t have to pre-drill the board before. Accompanying washer heads prevents overdriving. Their design features make them perfectly suitable and durable enough for firmly screwing plywood.

  • Diameter: #8
  • Material: Carbon Steel
  • Head Style: Washer/Pan
  • Quantity: 250-500
  • Drive System: Square
  • Item Dimensions: 3 x 4.25 x 5 inches
  • Exterior Finish: Zinc

500, 1-1/4" COARSE Washer Head SELF Tapping Screw

N.B,  the required square drive is not included in the set and the threads cover only half of the screw, lessening biting power.

5. Types of Screws for Bricks

Concrete Screws (e.g. SNUG Fastener SNG481 100 Qty 3/16″ x 1-3/4″ Flat Head Phillips Diamond Tip)

Great for anchoring items to concrete, brick, block, or other masonry materials, these screws’ deep threads provide superior holding strength. The diamond tip allows for superior penetrating hard materials. Due to their Enviro-Seal blue coating, the screws are corrosion resistant and give a long-lasting performance.

  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
4 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Thread Size
3/16″

SNUG Fasteners (SNG480) 100 Qty 3/16 x 1-1/4 Flat Head Phillips Diamond Tip Concrete Screws to Anchor Masonry, Block & Brick, Count

Blue Flat Phillips Concrete Diamond Point Screw (e.g. CONFAST 3/16″ x 1-1/4″)

It comes with self-tapping threads that can be driven with a Phillips screwdriver directly into the masonry. It requires no other anchor. Their diamond point makes it easier to drive the screw to save time.

  • Material
Carbon Steel
  • Drive System
Phillips
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Exterior Finish
Blue Ruspert
  • Thread Size
3 / 16″-1-1 / 4

CONFAST 3/16" x 1-1/4" Blue Flat Phillips Concrete Diamond Point Screw Anchor with Drill Bit for Anchoring to Masonry, Block or Brick (100 per Box)

Flat Head Concrete Screws (e.g. Red Seal Moisture Barrier High-Performance Concrete Anchor 1/4″ X 2-1/4″)

  • Drive System
Square, Phillips
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
2.25 x 0.25 x 0.25 inches

Concrete Screw - Red Seal Moisture Barrier High Performance - Flat Head Concrete Screws - Concrete Anchor 1/4" X 2-1/4" Kit Includes 12 Screws, 1 Drill Bit and 1 Driver Bit …

Concrete Screws 410 Stainless Steel Hex (e.g. CONFAST 1/4″ x 1-1/4″)

These also come with self-tapping threads that can be driven with a Hex screwdriver directly into masonry. It requires no other anchor. Their diamond point makes it easier to drive the screw to save time.

  • Material
Stainless Steel
  • Drive System
External Hex
  • Head Style
Flanged
  • Exterior Finish
Stainless Steel

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6. Types of Screws for Aluminium

Using the wrong kind of screws to fasten aluminum base metal might set in motion a chemical reaction that will quickly damage the aluminum. Awareness of, and understanding of the process of galvanic corrosion can help you avoid this and make the right fastener choices.

Since galvanic corrosion occurs when dissimilar metals come into contact with each other, the simplest way to prevent the process is to use screws made from the same metal as the metal you’re fastening. Aluminum screws will not cause corrosion in aluminum base metal, even if the screws aren’t plated or treated with any corrosion-resistant material.

For this reason, it is recommended that aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel, and brass screws be used. For example, the following:

Binding Posts and Truss Head Screws (e.g. Prime-Line 9051734)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Drive System
Slotted
  • Head Style
Truss
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
4 x 4 x 2 inches
  • Exterior Finish
Aluminum

Prime-Line 9051734 Binding Posts and Screws, Truss Head, Slotted Drive, 3/16 inch X 3/4 inch, Aluminum, (25-pack)

Aluminum Profile Connector Set (e.g. PZRT 2020 Hex Socket Cap Screw Bolt for 6mm Slot Aluminum Profile)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Fastener Type
Acorn
  • Thread Size
M5
  • Exterior Finish
Nickel

PZRT 2020 Series Aluminum Profile Connector Set, 20pcs Corner Bracket,40pcs T-Slot Nuts, 40pcs M5x8 mm Hex Socket Cap Screw Bolt for 6mm Slot Aluminum Profile Accessories

Self Drilling Zinc Plated Screw (DME Distribution (50PK with 1 Bit #8 X 5/8″ with black painted head)

  • Material
Zinc
  • Drive System
External Hex
  • Head Style
Hex
  • Exterior Finish
Zinc
  • Point Style
Self-Drilling

DME Distribution (50PK with 1 Bit) #8 X 5/8" Self Drilling zinc Plated Screw with Black Painted Head

Aluminum Hex Washer Head Sheet Metal Screw (e.g. The Hillman Group 3765 10 x 1/2 in.)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Drive System
External Hex
  • Head Style
Flanged
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
2.5 x 1.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Exterior Finish
Plain

The Hillman Group The Hillman Group 3765 10 x 1/2 in. Aluminum Hex Washer Head Sheet Metal Screw (20-Pack)

Aluminum Alloy Hex SocketScrew Bolt (e.g. 10pcs M3 6-10mm Button Round Head Multicolors for Industry)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Drive System
Internal Hex
  • Head Style
Button
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
1.18 x 0.39 x 1.97 inches
  • Exterior Finish
  • Aluminum

10pcs M3 6-10mm Button Round Head Aluminum Alloy Hex SocketScrew Bolt Multicolors for Industry(6mm-red)

Hard-to-Find Fastener  Screw Posts (e.g. 5/8, Piece-10 014973121532)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Drive System
Slotted
  • Head Style
Flat
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH
2.5 x 1.62 x 1.44 inches
  • Exterior Finish
Aluminum

Hard-to-Find Fastener 014973121532 Screw Posts with Screws, 5/8, Piece-10

Aluminum Alloy Hex Socket Button Head Cap Screws (Black M3 Allen Screws 7075, 6-10mm)

  • Material
Aluminum
  • Drive System
Hex Socket
  • Head Style
Button
  • Exterior Finish
Aluminum
  • Thread Size
M3

VI. Frequently Asked Questions

How are screws measured?

There are several ways to measure screws. Some ways may be too complicated for some people, but there is a simple way to get it done. The simplest way to measure screws is to begin by measuring from the tip of the flat head to the bottom of the screw. However, not all screws have a flat head. In this case, the measurement will begin at the first flat part on under the head of the screw.

Why are screws better than nails?

Nails are flexible, but they lack the tensile strength that screws have. Screws are able to bear more weight. The materials which are joined together with screws are secure.  Screws can be removed without causing breakage of wood, whereas removing nails can result in damaging the surface of the wood. Screws lessen the tension of materials that are put under pressure.

When were screws invented?

Wooden screws were invented sometime in the B.C. era. It was in the 15th century that metal screws were used. In the 1700s, the invention of screws was made in mass production. By the early 1900s, an assortment of screws was being invented, giving people a choice of screws they needed. This included furniture makers and other manufacturers.

Are screws considered hardware?

Screws are often referred to as fasteners, and fasteners are considered to be hardware. In the department store, screws or fasteners are often found in the hardware section.

Do stainless steel screws rust?

Yes. Over time, stainless-stained nails will rust. Some stainless steel nails may not rust as soon as others. This depends on how high the chromium content is. There are more than 150 grades of stainless steel, and some grades are prone to corrosion. Knowing how to care for stainless steel may lessen or slow down the rusting process.

Why does my drill keep stripping screws?

An old or worn-out bit piece and strip screws. Damaged bits cause the screw to spin continuously, causing the screw to become stripped. Notice that a new bit will fit snuggly on the head of the screw and turn/spin with no problem.

Why do screws strip?

Screws become stripped when they are screwed in too tightly; when the head is damaged, when the wrong tool is used to insert the screw, or when there is no starter hole. A starter hole, known as a pilot hole, is usually made with a small nail on the surface of the material.

Do screws kill trees?

Trees can be sensitive to nails and screws alike. When an object like a nail or screw is inserted into the bark of a tree, it causes stress. Stress can increase the probability of a tree catching a virus or disease, and stunt its growth. Another aspect of using screws is that they can damage the ring inside the tree, by puncturing it.

Will screws hold in wood filler?

Yes, screws will hold up in wood filler, but err on the side of caution. Wood filler is used to fill holes, gaps, and other imperfections found in damaged wood. After the wood filler is hardened, it may be possible to use screws, but try smaller ones first.

Does MDF hold screws well?

MDF or (Medium Density Fibreboard) does hold screws well. The rule of thumb is to always start out with a pilot or starter hole. A starter hole lessens or eliminates damage to the fiberboard, and ensures a snug fit where materials join together.

Which screws are magnetic?

Yes and no. There are two types of commonly used stainless steel used in making screws. They are known as 304 and 316. The 304 stainless steel composite found inside this type of screw is called austenite, which is non-magnetic. The 316 stainless steel screw is called Ferritic, and Ferritic is magnetic.

Is there lead in screws?

Yes. Some screws do contain lead. However, the amount of lead screws contain depends on the screw type and design. Sometimes it is confusing to distinguish between screws containing lead, and rod screws. A lead screw has several components, such as a screw shaft, a nut, and thread. Lead screw shafts are made from stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum.

How are screws made?

A mechanical coil is used to supply wire to a pre-straightening mechanism. The wire is then fed straight into the machine that die cuts the blank head of the screw to a certain form and then automatically slices the wire at the desired length.

How do screws work?

Fastening materials like metal or wood together is made easier with the use of screws. The head of the screw can be used as a lever. Whenever it is spun, the spiraling inclination makes forward progress onto a flat surface.

Screws are superior to nails in terms of holding force and seal quality.

How are screws sized?

The diameter is the first number given. A larger number indicates a larger screw. The second figure indicates how many threads are used per square inch. Before beginning any construction, be sure to check state and municipal regulations.

What screws don’t rust?

If you’re looking for a screw that won’t rust, go no further than stainless steel. Stainless steel screws are impervious to rusting all the way through. The other screws have a rust-resistant coating that is only on the surface, meaning it will wear off or degrade with time. 

Can you bring screws on a plane?

Tools with a total length of 7 inches or less (including handles) are permitted in cabin baggage. Rods, screws, plates, and joint replacements made of metal might trigger airport security metal detectors.

Can you recycle screws?

Rusted nails and screws should be discarded in the regular trash. Contact a charity like Habitat for Humanity or an agency that accepts donations if the hardware you wish to donate is in usable condition. Find out if you can get paid cash for unwanted scrap material by contacting local recycling plants or scrap yards.

H. Where to Buy Screws Online

Now you’re aware of the many types of screwheads and how they can assist you with your project. If you’re considering buying screws online, we recommend the following retailers, which offer a wide selection of screws and heads to meet your needs: