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Different Types of Screws & Their Uses

Different Types of Screws & Their Uses

Only the pros will know that there are a variety of different types of screws, each with a unique purpose. Using screws incorrectly can lead to loose screws or snapping screw heads, amongst other issues. More often than not, the name of the screw can give the game away, but for the beginners, we want to help you get to grips with some of the basic types of screws and their applications:

Wood screws are typically made of brass, steel or bronze and, as the name suggests, they’re supposed to be used in wood. These screws are cleverly designed to move smoothly through wood fibers to decrease splintering. They tend to have coarse threads at the pointed end, making them easier to identify.

Timber drive screws are manufactured for use with timber and are designed to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, making them ideal for both interior and exterior use. They are precision engineered from carbon steel to ensure excellent performance.

Drywall screws are available in two types: S-type, which are finely threaded and designed to attach drywall to metal studs, as well as W-type, which are coarsely threaded and designed to attach drywall to wood. S-type drywall screws come complete with self-drilling tips, meaning you won’t need to pre-drill.

Coach screws are bright zinc plated and manufactured for more heavy duty projects. For example, they can fasten heavier timber, or fasten metal and timber together.  

As well as the aforementioned screw types, Lawsons also offer screw accessories, such as wall plugs. These are essentially a type of anchor that makes it easier for a screw to be fitted into a masonry wall. If you have any queries or require some support with a project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and a member of our team will be more than happy to assist.