Self-Tapping Deck Screws
Self-tapping screws are the least thought about component when people think of buildings, furniture, cars, bikes or just about anything else you can name. But really, when you think of it, you can’t throw a rock without hitting something put together with screws. Since the job of the screw is to keep things together, quality for this little thought of component is more important than people usually think.
Self-tapping screws are fantastic because of their design. When you begin turning a self-tapping screw, it displaces material around itself to cut its own threads. Since the screw creates the threads, it establishes them in a position that generates resistance to hold itself in place. The threads act like insulation, protecting the screw from loosening under waves of vibration and activity.
This screw also saves you time. It can take hours to drill holes, place traditional bolts and tighten them in place with a washer and nut. With self-tapping screws, you can get the job done much faster. Since these fasteners secure themselves and remain tightly in place, you can save yourself hours of work and enjoy the final product sooner.
One of the lesser-known but not long ago developed model of screws is the decking screw. These screws are meant for installing rails,build framing and fastening decking planks. These high quality self tapping deck screws are ceramic coated to keep the screw form bleeding and discoloring the wood.
Self-tapping wood screws , and other screws, really make a big difference in the outcomes of any house project. These basic products can be the difference between a finished project that can last for a lot of years and one which may fall apart the first time you use it. Everyone has made compromises when performing project work. This is typically due to the inconvenience of having to run to the store for the little and seemingly insignificant part that simply does not appear to be worth the effort to make the trip. If you consider arrogance in your venture, you may want to rethink if that is true. If it seriously did not make a difference you may not have the multitude of options to choose from. Wood screws come in dozens of lengths and have certain characteristics for particular uses.
One leading example of a specialty wood screw is for outside decking. Deck screws are specially coated to be rust-resistant. Doing so can help decrease the chance of unpleasant rust marks from developing on your outdoor patio stretch. The rust resistant covering additionally keeps the screw from becoming deteriorated by weather conditions. Because they are exposed to the outdoors, and in the case of the outdoor patio, are especially vulnerable to the elements. This is simply because the fasteners are employed on a flat surface that can pool water in the fastener holes. A failure can result should the fastener rust through. The resulting loose decking could additionally cause a safety hazard and homeowner liability. The enzymes and chemical substances employed in treated timber can be hard on the screw as well. The small expense in employing the right screws pales in comparability to the doable consequences. Recall, the covering is merely corrosion proof so to treat the outdoor patio face as needed to hold each the wood and fasteners in good shape.
Wood screws have come a long way in their overall performance and the know-how these folks employ. This technological innovation allows for greater, and lengthier long lasting benefits with your home projects. This translates into much better wanting tasks using an expert quality. One recent development in of a wood screw is the use of different drive heads. The most popular are still the Phillips head screws. The cross shaped drive head provides safe contact in between the driver and the screw. They also permit for a standard of connection offering the user the ability to do the job on different planes while taking care of control of the fastener. The sq disk will take doing so connection separating app and screw and creates a contact point which not only supply much better grip during the drive, but attaches so snugly that you can do the job upside straight down or sideways without losing contact using the drive head. The regular fastener head has its uses, but for comfort the sq drive and Phillips head offer added control.
The design of a wood screw is being founded on the particular characteristics of how wood works using the fastener. If you evaluate a metal screw to a wood screw you will see most differences. The wood screw is tapered producing the connection more safe. A metal screw does not possess this taper, and because of doing so, must not be employed in wood applications. The screw can have a propensity to again from the hole leading to the joint to fail. Wood screws usually do not possess threads that extend all the way to the screw head. This feature helps keep the fastener firmly in place. The best advice is if you do have a wood venture, use self-tapping wood screws for an ideal result.
Not only can be used in decks but also can be used in docks, fences, spas, Gazebos, siding and other outdoor applications. Now, if you are wondering as to how these fasteners can enhance the quality of your furniture in any way, here are the points that prove its superiority.
* Decking screws can last for a long time when they have special corrosive resisting coatings.
Very popular coatings are ceramic which offer 500 hours, 1000 hours and up to 1200 hours salt spray testing. This gives protection from rain and other types of elements which can cause rust in most other types of plated screws. The ceramic coating also prevents streaking or staining the lumber. They come colored coded for red, green and tan lumber.
They present a nice clean look to the surface since they are made with nibs built under the head so that they will countersink themselves and will be flush with the wood. They are specifically made with a lot of convenience to work with such as the Type 17 point which will allow the excess wood to escape and thus prevent the wood from splitting while the screw is being installed. After they are drilled in, there is no bulge on the exterior surface.
They normally come readily available in either phillips or square drive, square drive being the most well-liked because the square bits are the simplest to use as they help avert slipping.
The simple fact that they are self tapping screws they will also save you time and cash considering they will tap their own threads. As long as you have good building materials, your self-tapping deck screws will hold your structure together with ease.
Let All Points Fasteners Help You Build Reliable Decks and More
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All Points Fasteners is owned and operated in America, and we provide domestic quality at an imported price. To learn more, feel free to contact us online or call us at 800.483.6354.
Self-Tapping Zip Screws – Oodles of Options!
Zip screws, aka needle point screws, have self-piercing points and twin-fast threads that are perfect for screwing through light gauge metal.
We suggest them for 30 gauge down to 24. Everyone is familiar with the versions that are zinc plated. They are very popular with the HVAC industry for round and square duct work. These are generally used for interior projects where rust isn’t a major concern.
Another version of the zip screw, needle point screw, is one that is designed for the gutter industry. With a high profile 1/4″ hex head on a #10 shank, rather than the normal 5/16 hex chuck. It also features a fillet underneath the head for extra strength
If additional rust resistance is required due to weather or application, ceramic coated zip screws and stainless zip screws are available.
In addition to 1000 hour salt spray protection, the heads of these screws are also frequently painted to match siding, gutters or metal roofs!
Bonded Neoprene washers can be fitted for metal roofs.
Zip screws with the Type 17 point, or auger point, helps the screws to start easier. The ‘cut out’ at the point of the screw allows the displaced wood to escape and, therefore, keeps the wood from splitting. The high/low threads contribute to stronger fastening and greater resistance to pull out.
Most zip screws are simply zinc plated, however, for areas where rust might be a concern, there are stainless steel needle point screws available. They are available in magnetic (410 stainless) and non-magnetic (18-8 stainless). The benefit of 18-8 stainless is that here is no carbon steel so there is no surface rust at all, however, that means the screws will not be magnetic. The 410 stainless zip screws will be magnetic, however, overtime, some surface rust will become apparent. We have gone one step further to protect from surface rust. Our 410 stainless screws also have a ceramic coating for additional protection.
And finally, there are zip screws with ceramic coated with 500 to 1000 salt spray tested plating. These are also available with their heads painted to match gutters or metal roofing.
It’s Not So Difficult Ordering Self-Tapping Screws!
So you picked a self-tapping screw off a job site and it was just what you have been looking for but it didn’t come in a box that was labeled – it was just sitting there on the floor. What do you do? How can you ask for something when you’re not really sure what to ask for? The nice thing is that it isn’t so difficult if you know what dimensions to measure when you are asking your fastener sales representative to help you.
First describe the head. Is it a…?
- Hex Washer Head
- Hex washer head with a neoprene washer attached
- Modified Truss Head
- Oval Head
- Pan Head
- Bugle Head
- Pancake Head
There are other style heads available but these are the most common head styles that you should know. Once you can identify the head style that you are looking for, it makes things much easier.
To identify the shank size of the screw, it’s much easier if your screw is a hex head. When considering the shank size, think dress size. The smaller the number, the thinner the shank. The bigger the number, the thicker the shank.
The standard for the industry is:
• 1/4″ Hex Head = #6 or #7 or #8 shank size
• 5/16″ Hex Head = #10 or #12 shank size
• 3/8″ Hex Head = #14 shank size
Of course there always have to be exceptions just to keep things interesting.
In our case, we have needlepoint screws (aka zip screws) developed especially for the gutter industry with have high profile 1/4″ hex head but #10 washers and #10 body shanks. In the 70’s and 80’s, standard #8 screws worked fine for the gutter industry but when the quality of the wood used for homes changed, it was necessary to increase the thickness of the shanks so that the screws wouldn’t snap when hitting knots in the wood. We also added a filet underneath the head to give the screw a little extra strength.
Next, there is TPI or threads per inch to consider. As a rule of thumb, the less threads per inch, the screw is intended to be used in wood. The more TPI, the screw is meant for metal or metal studs. These are sometimes called out as ‘coarse threaded’ or ‘fine threaded’ screws. If you try and use a coarse threaded screw in metal studs or hard woods, the quality of the screw can’t really be blamed when it snaps although that happens all the time. It is simply misapplication and the more you know what screws were made for what applications, the less problems you will have when using your screws.
Now we get to the points of the screws.
Does the point look like a pencil point?
Does the point look like a drill bit tip?
There are other type points like Type 17’s used with woods and others but the two listed above are the most common.
And lastly, you should remember to state the plating that you need. Zinc plating is most common with under normal situations will last you about two years on average. Hot dipped galvanized is generally five years. But these are old school type plating. We have started stocking Dacronized®, ceramic type plating, which we normally have stocked in 500, 1000 and 1200 hour salt spray tested. They give you extra protection and even are available with the heads painted as well to match exterior applications.
When you are looking at a label on a box, the screws will generally be labeled something like “8-18×1 HWH SDS Z/P”. This would translate to #8
shank, 18 TPI by 1 inch long, hex washer head, self drilling screw (tek type point) zinc plated.
This is not everything that there is to know about self-tapping screws, zip screws and tek screws included, but it will give you a good baseline to start!
Not Just Zip Screws and Tek Screws!
Having been in the fastener industry for contractors since 1986 selling zip screws and tek screws you would think there would be nothing new to learn. Wrong! Although we specialize in screws mainly used by the Heating and Air Conditioning and Gutter industries , more and more I am hearing from OEM’S or engineers who are desperately looking for screws that don’t exist. They needs head diameter’s that are smaller so that they will fit in between narrow grooves, points that will penetrate hard plastic, then go through 30 gauge steel and then tap into stucco then into wood. And they are being used outdoors in the snow but should be rust proof but not as expensive as stainless steel. And all in the same screw! It’s a wonder I have a hair left on my head!
In years past, designer screws were a source of frustration for me because one of my contractors would pick up a screw that he really liked on a job site and then want me to locate a source for them. After many hours, maybe days, of diligent searching, I would finally find out that someone like a major hotel chain had the screws made especially for them to install the cabinets in their hotels and getting the same screws with the same dimensions was never going to happen.
Well the good news is that some manufacturers have changed their willingness to do smaller orders so that the chance of having these ‘designer screws’ manufactured is much higher now than it was in the past. Within recent months, we have been successful in procuring parts that in the past would have been impossible to supply. Of course, there are still minimums to be met but instead of having to order containers of screws in order to get the manufacturers interested, we can get away with a pallet or two. Good news for some but still not low enough for others.
Still, there are many more options available to choose from than there were 20 years ago, starting with coatings to keep screws from rusting as quickly. Take a look at our ceramic coated zip screws, available which with painted heads as well. These parts work great in areas where weather conditions are moist. We will soon be supplying needlepoint screws which are stainless steel as well as ceramic coated which will bring increased rust resistance.
Self-tapping Ceramic Coated Zip Screws
What are ceramic coated zip screws? Everybody is used to seeing common self-tapping needlepoint screws, also known as zip screws, which are plated zinc. These screws are primarily manufactured for inside installations since zinc plating is not really rust resistant enough for outdoor use. Zinc plating is usually available in three colors – white zinc (the most popular), blue zinc (very attractive for screws that are exposed) and yellow zinc (very popular plating for cabinet installers).
Another familiar variation to zip screws are standard zinc plated with the heads of the screws painted to match the gutters or siding.
A much less well known option is the ceramic coated needlepoint screws. Other names used for ceramic coating is Ruspert and Dacromet coatings. These ceramic coated zip screws offer more resistance to rust. The entire screw is coated, including the shank, with a method which can safeguard them with a 500 hour or 1000 hour salt spray tested product. These same screws can be bought with the heads color painted as well. This offers additional protection as well as matching the color scheme of gutters and siding. They are not as rust resistant as, say, stainless steel self-piercing screws, but they do very well in applications that need a little more resistance to rust.
MATERIAL /FINISH: CERAMIC COATED CARBON STEEL (1000 HOUR SALT SPRAY TESTED)
The ceramic coating is a non-organic, tri-layered ceramic surface coating developed to attain the best possible performance in the numerous pollutive and atmospheric conditions that cause corrosion. The 1st layer: a metallic zinc layer, the 2nd layer: a high-grade anti-corrosion chemical conversion film, and the 3rd top layer: a baked ceramic top coating. The distinguishing feature of the silver ceramic coating is the tight joining of the baked ceramic top coating and the chemical conversion film thanks to the cross-linking effect. These layers are bonded together with the metallic zinc layer through chemical reac tions, and this unique method of combining layers results in a rigid and dense combination of the coating films. The coating does not attribute its anti-corrosion properties to merely a single material, but the synergy of these three layers, which combined have superb rust proof qualities.
Compatible with metal coated and painted surfaces, fasteners coated with silver ceramic are resistant to acid and alkaline attack, galvanic corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement.
These fasteners conform to corrosive gas test standard (Kesternich) DIN50018 and give a Salt Spray Fog test to exceed (JISZ2731) 1000 Hours. (ASTM B117)
Zips Screws for Siding
A remodeled home may be constructed of the best internal materials and have the safest and most up-to-date wiring and plumbing. But, if the exterior doesn’t look good, many possible consumers will routinely reject it. Amongst other factors, climate and environment can make siding replacement necessary over time. When deciding on siding, you may want to consider, “What are the ideal products for the job?” These products include the materials used in the zip screws used to install siding.
At All Points Fasteners, we have a wide selection of vinyl siding screws and other zip screws for drilling into vinyl siding. We’ll help you find the right screw type for your siding project to complete it efficiently and quickly.
What Are the Different Kinds of Siding?
The types of siding include:
There is no solitary siding option that suits all construction. The background of siding is lengthy, and products have become popular and then declined in favor.
The most prevalent variety today is vinyl, a plastic compound first found in 1872. It became commercially viable in the 1930s and was widely used in home construction after the 1960s. It has retained much of its popularity since that time, and vinyl for this function consumes a big percentage of production.
Many of the difficulties associated with vinyl have been overcome, allowing it to become the dominant material used today. It competes directly with aluminum. Vinyl siding these days generally covers up older products such as wood.
Wood was the predominant choice for years. When available, wood is attractive, occurs naturally, doesn’t require a chemical processing plant, and adds charm and warmth to a home. It is still a very popular form of siding, but environmental and manufacturing issues have made it less economically possible for many people. Wood must be repainted just about every few years, and damp climates can cause it to deteriorate over time.
Through the 1950s, many homeowners began to cover their home’s wooden exteriors with asbestos, prior to acknowledging asbestos’ inherent health hazards. This kind of siding was manufactured until the 1970s, and there are still homes with this form of material. Its main advantage was fire and insect resistance, but as soon as other products became obtainable, asbestos use was largely deserted.
Another economical siding alternative was asphalt. This low-cost building material was one of the least attractive options available and consisted of a base sheet covered with a thick, gooey black mixture that contains crushed rock. This material was very weather-resistant and could be disguised to look like other materials such as brick. After an initial boom during the post World War II years, the use of asphalt was eclipsed by aluminum.
Aluminum siding was also a post-war phenomenon of the second half of the 20th century. It is lightweight, relatively easy to install, and covers worn and unattractive older exteriors with a minimum of effort. Aluminum rarely needs repainting, won’t rust, and in general, has been considered a much more viable and permanent solution to external home needs.
The biggest disadvantage of aluminum is production. Creating aluminum from bauxite is energy-intensive and can be environmentally degrading. This metal is easily dented and won’t bounce back into shape.
Hardboard, a material composite of wood chips and epoxy resin, was touted as a substitute, but there were really serious moisture retention issues. Because of those issues, vinyl regained the lead in siding popularity.
What Are the Benefits of Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl has been the popular siding choice for years because of its many benefits. The advantages of vinyl siding material include:
- Cannot dent.
- Won’t snap in subzero temperatures.
- Doesn’t need grounding.
- Won’t erode.
- Cost-effective during construction.
How Do I Decide Which Siding to Use?
Deciding on the correct material for siding installation means finding the right material appropriate to the style of construction (zip screws or tek screws, which are self-tapping, included) and overall budget. For example, using vinyl to cover the exterior of a stately Victorian home would be a mismatch and simply not look right. On the other hand, using expensive wood siding on a tract home may not be the most practical solution, either.
A very good idea is to gather samples before deciding on alternative material and look at other homes in the neighborhood to see what has worked best. Once the choices are narrowed, then it is time to start working out the details of construction with the contractor of your choice.
What Are Zip Screws and Why Should I Use Them for Siding?
Zip screws are fasteners with a threaded design and fine point that can pierce through hard materials, like siding, and create their own hole. Its penetration capability comes from its threading, which extends to the pointed end. After the first penetration, a second thread catches the material for quicker fastening. Zip screws are made with a heat-treating process for long-lasting strength.
At All Points Fasteners, many of our zip screw options have a hex head. Compared to other head styles, the hex head is more secure during and after installation. They are available with zinc plating, ceramic coating (for additional corrosion resistance) and stainless steel with ceramic coating. All these are also available with painted heads to match your siding. With all these options available, you are sure to find the right zip screw for your project.
Contact All Points Fasteners About Screws for Vinyl Siding Today
If you need siding screws for vinyl, come to All Points Fasteners. We have the hardware you need to get the job done and help your siding last for years. Our large selection is sure to have what you need.
For answers to your questions about zip screws for siding, contact our team by completing our online contact form or calling 800.483.6354.