Types of Screws and Their Uses

Most people only use two or three types of screws. There are hundreds of different screws available, each with its purpose. The professionals understand that it is essential to have the right type of screw for the job if you want things done correctly.


Screws can be made from different materials depending on what you need. They may come in different sizes, heads, types of threads, and other variations, depending on how specific your requirements are.



Woodscrews work well in all wood types, including chipboard and MDF. They are made mostly of brass or steel. Woodscrews are a type of self-tapping screws. Their pointed tip and tapered body create their thread. Woodscrews require drilling a pilot hole to avoid cracking the wood. Woodscrews come in a variety of heads and can be counter-sunk. Our range of woodscrews includes:

– Two thread screws

– Hardware

– Single thread screws

– Coach screws

– Decking & construction screws

– Floor screws

– Eyes and screw cup hooks


Thread-forming screws

You can use thread-forming screws in either plastic or metal. You can choose from either a pointed or blunt end to create your thread. You may need to drill pilot holes before you can screw them in. These types of the thread-forming screw with a wide range of heads.

– Thread-forming screws to thermoplastics. (Many heads available).

– Thread-forming screws to metal (a range of heads is available)


Self-tapping screws

Self-tapping screws can create holes when they are driven into the material. They can be divided into thread-forming and thread-cutting screws. The pilot hole is usually required for the self-tapping screw. These types of the self-tapping screw are in stock:

– Pozidriv recess

– Slotted drive

– Torx recess

– Security self-tapping screws

– Micro self-tapping screws

– Hammer drive screws


Security screws

Security screws are intended to be used in areas where there is a high chance of theft or vandalism. They are not easy to unscrew with a regular screwdriver. Stocks these security screws with a variety of heads:

– Silicon Bronze Machine Screws

– Security self-tapping screws

– Security Self-Drilling Screws

– Safety woodscrews

– Three-head screws


Silicon Bronze Machine Screws


Silicon Bronze Machine Screws can be used to drive bolts. However, they have a socket inside the head. The threads have uniform threads. This means the thread is the same length as the diameter. This is different from the tapered threads on woodscrews that cut their thread. We have the following machine screws available, in a variety of materials and with different heads:

– Pozidriv recess

– Torx recess

– Security Machine Screws

– Micromachine screws

– Thumbscrews


Socket screws

Socket screws also known as socket cap screws and Allen bolts are intended for use in areas where screwdriver access may be limited. They can be fastened with a hexagonal wrench. Stocks socket screws in various sizes and materials.

– Socket Capscrews

– Socket button head screws

– Socket Countersunk

– Socket setscrews

– Shoulder screws

– Micro socket screws

– Taper pressure plugs


Self-drilling screws

Self-drilling screws look similar to self-tapping screws but have a drill tip. Because of the drill-like tip, self-drilling screws often don’t require a pilot hole. Tek is a very popular brand of self drill screws. Stocks self-drilling screws in many materials and with various heads.

– Tek screws

–Cross-recess drive Tek screws

– Security Self-Drilling Screws


Drywall screws

Drywall screws are specifically designed for attaching plasterboard or drywall to metal framing or wood. A drywall screw’s entire length is threaded, which is a big difference from woodscrews. Drywall screws are made from hardened, brittle steel. They can snap when drilled into the woods. Stocks drywall screw heads in a variety:

– Drywall screws wood

– Weld screws for thin sheet steel

– Drywall screws if you need to use heavier gauge metal


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