Contractors use metal studs in commercial and industrial buildings to prevent fires, termites and other hazards. Recently, many contractors have begun using them in residential homes as well. Metal studs are stable and sturdy for both load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls. However, most screws will not penetrate through metal studs.
Often, contractors have to use special screws for metal studs due to the material’s durability. These screws have finer threads and sharper tips to better pierce and provide hold in metal studs. Fine-threaded screws work best because drywall screws are not strong enough for the job.
A self-tapping screw is commonly referred to as a “metal screw” since they are frequently used to fasten metallic materials. Self-tapping screws “tap” or cut threads into a metal. However, these types of screws enter material at a slow rate because they have finer threads for greater fastening power. Self-tapping screws may require a pilot hole to drill through metal since their points can have different shapes:
A self-drilling screw is a type of self-tapping screw with a point shaped like a drill bit to provide an easier start into the base material. Contractors often know these fasteners by the TEK® brand name because this company popularized this type of screw.
Self-drilling screws drill, tap and fasten metal to metal in a quicker, cost-effective way. Though the screw lengths vary in size, the drill bit tip is the defining component. These tips are numbered from #1 to #5 to denote their length and thickness, which are the factors that determine the thickness of metal they can pierce. The main benefit of self-drilling screws for metal studs is that their specialized tips eliminate the need for a pilot hole.
At All Points Fasteners, we have an extensive selection of TEK® screws to help you get the job done right the first time. We know how important it is to have the right fasteners to maintain productivity on the work site, so we offer a free quote and free samples of products before you make a purchase.
If you’re looking to pick up and purchase screws for metal studs, call us at 800-483-6354 to place your order or contact us online to talk about your options.