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Pure Copper Zip Screws or Copper Plated Stainless Steel Zip Screws?

At All Points Fasteners, we pride ourselves on delivering above-and-beyond service to our customers. We always encourage questions or general requests for assistance in selecting the right products. Something we often receive phone calls about is pure copper screws, a relatively new product in our inventory.

Many service contractors want to use these copper screws for installing copper downspouts, which makes perfect sense. A copper screw would hide nicely when used to fasten a copper downspout, and the results would look beautiful and seamless. But, before you place that order, it’s important to understand more about the performance of pure copper screws.

Pure Copper Screws Are Too Soft to Self-Pierce

Yes, pure copper screws at first glance look like the perfect solutions for installing copper downspouts. But there’s one huge drawback to using copper screws for this type of job. The pure copper screw is too soft to self-pierce the copper downspout, which means you would need to pre-pierce with another fastener before installation — something harder.

Of course, as a service contractor, time and efficiency are of the utmost importance. While pure copper screws might look great on copper downspouts, do you really want to spend the time to pre-pierce with another fastener? Most likely not. But, there’s good news: You can enjoy an attractive alternative that delivers the appearance you want without the need to pre-pierce.

What’s Your Best Alternative Copper Fastener Option?

What’s your best alternative to pure copper screws? We have two other types of screws that will do just the trick! Our 18-8 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Self Piercing Zip Screws work perfectly with the copper metal gutters without any surface rust. They’re not as hard as our 410 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Needlepoint Zip Screws but will self-pierce just fine in the copper downspout.

Many service contractors debate the merits of copper vs. copper plated screws, and this is a perfect differentiating example. The reason someone might choose copper-plated vs. pure copper screws is because they don’t require self-piercing, which in turn saves time on the project. In many cases, copper-plated screws serve as a perfect substitute for pure copper.

There is also one other alternative for you to consider. If you want a slightly harder material, check out the 410 Stainless Steel Copper Plated Needlepoint Zip Screws! They will have slight surface rust, but blend right in with the copper patina. Take advantage of these copper-plated stainless-steel screws to deliver the appearance and performance you’re looking for.

Why Choose All Points Fasteners?

At All Points Fasteners, we are passionate about connecting service contractors with the perfect fastening solutions for their work. We do this by offering a huge selection that includes both pure copper and copper-plated screws, as well as a wealth of other fasteners. If you don’t see what you need in our selection, we can even help you chase down those difficult-to-find parts.

You can count on competitive pricing at All Points Fasteners, too. Request a free sample of copper-plated stainless steel screws or pure copper screws to test out their quality, durability and “fit” for your upcoming project. You can also request a free quote to help you budget for an upcoming project. You’ll find our products meet the highest quality standards, and our pricing is fair and aligned with market value.

Rely on us at any time for help. Get in touch with specific questions, or just for general guidance as you navigate our selection and search for the fasteners you need. We know just how challenging it can be to find exactly what you’re looking for, but we also know how vital it is to have the right parts. That’s why we’re committed to providing above-and-beyond customer service and support focused on helping your next project reach its full potential.

Contact us today for a quote, a free sample or to ask questions about our selection of fasteners and other products.

Head Screw Lady Since 1986! Specializing in breaking down the language barrier between suppliers and end users. During her 35 years working in the fastener industry, MaryLouise has worked directly with end users, contractor’s, OEM’S and DIY, as well working within the import industry, working with fastener manufacturers and distributors. This has given her the unique perspective of having the technical knowledge needed to perform in the fastener world but also be familiar with the needs of end users who don’t necessarily know the fastener jargon or applications to know exactly what they need for their jobs.