Contractors are aware that some screws can be difficult to install. Commonly referred to as “Tapcons” and “concrete screws,” cement screws are popular due to their high-strength holding qualities and easy installation process. Contractors use cement screws to fasten materials to concrete by screwing them directly into the pavement or material.
You want to avoid using drywall or other types of screws for cement or cement boards, as these materials require screws that resist breakage and hold up over time. Cement screws are special threaded screws made from steel. These screws create an exact fit in materials like brick, block or concrete.
Cement screws come sized in 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch diameters and with the option for hex- or Phillips-head styles to create different looks. Phillips-head screws are flat and fit flush to the surface for a clean and professional finish. In contrast, hex-head screws stick out from the wall.
Manufacturers make self-tapping cement screws out of durable steel with consistent threads. By design, these screws cut mating threads as users drive them into cement, even without pre-drilling a pilot hole. Manufacturers typically give cement screws a durable coating for corrosion and humidity resistance.
Cement boards are underlying materials that usually go behind tile, brick and stone for water-resistant support. Cement board screws can have several different styles of points to fasten different types of material together.
Sharp points penetrate the cement board and easily pierce wood. In contrast, spoon points drive through the thick cement board by moving material before the screw. For compatibility with a variety of materials, use self-drilling points that screw into materials without a guide hole. Similarly, reamer wings fasten wood to metal. Simply put, different points work better with varying materials.
At All Points, we offer free samples before you order so you can check out your options. In addition, we have live chat support to help you find the right parts for the job. When you work with us, you can start looking for and buying high-quality, low-cost cement screws with confidence.
Reach out today to get a free sample so you can test the quality and durability of our in-stock screw options. If you’re not sure what you need, contact our team online or call us at 800-483-6354 for assistance.