There are a variety of types of fastener in the market with specific uses. Whether it is for renovation, decoration, or new construction. Therefore, it is essential to start by defining the nature of the project. Then, we can choose appropriate screws based on the needs.
Above all, we can consider some criteria that may help in our selection, namely :
- Material of the support where we want to perform screwing operation (wood, plasterboard, metal, concrete, plastic …).
- Thickness of the support we are using and its resistance (the greater the thickness of the supports to be screwed, the more we must choose a long screw length).
- Thickness and weight of the object to be screwed: It is important to choose a screw that will support the weight constraint.
In today’s article, we invite you to learn more about drywall screws, how to recognize them and their main benefits.
What is a Drywall Screw ?
As their name indicates, drywall screws are used for fixing gypsum boards. So, when selecting drywall screws, one important feature to look for is their thread. Indeed, we have screws with a coarse and fine threads. In any cases, as Board & Wall Co., we offer a variety of screws with different lengths and sizes. Similarly, another fundamental feature to consider is the head. In fact, the finish look of your work will be affected depending on the shape of the head.
How Do We Recognize a Plasterboard Screw ?
Drive Style: Phillips
Firstly, Phillips head screws are mainly used in interior works to fix gypsum plates. We can easily recognize them thanks to their “+” shape on the head. The advantage of this footprint is that it ensures not only a soft and strong clamping pressure but also holds the tool to prevent it from slipping.
Head Style: Bugle
Secondly, we recognize a drywall screw thanks to its bugle head. Bugle head screws are countersunk, meaning that they sink into the surface. Besides, bugle head screws “ feature a flat head that tapers along the shaft”. “Therefore, when you drive a countersunk screw into a surface, the head will sink so that it’s flush with the respective material”.
Thread: Coarse vs. Fine Thread
Thirdly, thread of the screw is the helical structure that surrounds the full length of the fastener shank. Depending on the material used (plasterboard, wood, metal …), the thread will be different. Besides, thread will enable the screw to fit together and rotate properly.
For instance, regarding drywall screw, the thread is either fine or coarse. In other words, a screw with fine threads has a large number of threads per distance along the length of the screw shank. On the other hand, a fastener with coarse thread has a low number of threads per distance along the screw.
Shank: Self Drill vs. Sharp Point
Fourthly, the shanks of drywall fasteners can be either self-drill or sharp point. Said differently, as mentioned by it’s name, sharp point screws have literally pointed tip. Whereas, the point of self-drill screws have two cutting edges which are used to pierce the metal.
Benefits of Screw for Gypsum Board
High quality carbon steel and black phosphate coated.
Black phosphate drywall screws are solid and have good corrosion protection.
Anatomy of Drywall Screws
To sum up, here is a detailed anatomy of a drywall screw that can help you when looking for fasteners to fix your gypsum boards:
As Board & Wall Co. we are drywall materials supplier company based in Istanbul, Turkey. We are currently exporting over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, The Caribbean.
Mainly our products are:
✔ gypsum board / plasterboard
✔ fiber cement board
✔ drywall screw
✔ gypsum ceiling tiles
✔ metal framing profiles
✔ ready mixed joint compound
✔ insulation rolls and panels
✔ access panels
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