Screws & Fixings

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In the realm of construction and DIY projects, screws and fixings play a vital role in securely joining materials together. Whether you're building a house, assembling furniture, or working on a creative project, choosing the right screws and fixings is crucial for ensuring structural integrity and long-lasting results. We stock a wide selection of fixings, screws, nails and other fasteners to accommodate a host of different projects. 

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What Are Screws & Fixings? 

Screws and fixings are essential hardware components used in construction, woodworking, and various DIY projects to securely join materials together. 

They provide a reliable means of creating connections that withstand the forces and stresses encountered in different applications. We stock an extensive collection of screws and fixings in a variety of head types to help you accomplish strength and security in a number of applications. 

Types of Screws

  • Wood Screws: Designed for use in wood, these screws feature sharp, pointed tips and coarse threads for easy penetration and strong holding power.
  • Machine Screws: Used in metal or pre-threaded holes, machine screws are typically paired with nuts or threaded inserts to create secure connections.
  • Self-Tapping Screws: Equipped with a cutting tip, these screws can create their own threads in materials such as metal, plastic, or wood.
  • Drywall Screws: Specifically designed for drywall installation, these screws have fine threads and a bugle-shaped head to prevent tearing or damaging the drywall.
  • Concrete Screws: Masonry screws, also known as concrete screws, are great for fastening items into stone, masonry, and concrete. They are a durable and corrosion-resistant option, ideal for both commercial and household use. 

Screw Head Types

  • Flat Head: Offers a flush finish when countersunk.
  • Round Head: Provides a slightly raised finish, suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • Pan Head: Features a slightly rounded top and a flat underside, suitable for applications where a low-profile finish is desired.
  • Hex Head: Allows for easy use with a wrench or socket for additional torque.
  • Phillips Head: Features a cross-shaped indentation for use with a Phillips screwdriver.


  • Expansion Anchors: Ideal for securing heavy loads in concrete or masonry, expansion anchors expand when tightened to create a stronghold.
  • Toggle Bolts: Suited for mounting heavy objects to drywall or hollow walls, toggle bolts utilise spring-loaded wings to provide reliable anchoring.
  • Plastic Anchors: Commonly used in light-duty applications, plastic anchors provide stability in materials like drywall, plaster, or wood.

Wall Plugs

  • Rawlplugs: These expandable plastic or nylon plugs are inserted into drilled holes to create a secure grip for screws or other fixings.
  • Hollow Wall Anchors: Designed for use in hollow walls, these anchors feature collapsible wings that expand behind the wall to provide stability.

Speciality Fixings

  • Nail-in Anchors: Designed for quick and easy installation, nail-in anchors provide a secure hold in materials like concrete, brick, or block.
  • Screw-In Hooks and Eyes: Ideal for hanging lightweight objects, these fixings feature a screw-like design for easy installation into wood or other soft materials.

Factors to Consider

  • Material Compatibility: Select screws and fixings based on the materials you're working with, such as wood, metal, concrete, or drywall. Each material has unique characteristics that require specific fastening solutions.
  • Load-Bearing Capacity: Consider the weight and load-bearing requirements of your project. Ensure that the chosen screws and fixings can adequately support the anticipated load to ensure structural integrity.
  • Length and Diameter: Choose the appropriate length and diameter of screws or fixings based on the thickness of the materials being joined. Oversized or undersized fasteners can compromise the strength and stability of the connection.

Frequently Asked Screws & Fixings Questions

Is There Such A Thing As Fire Proof Insulation Fixings?

There is indeed. A fire proof insulation fixing is a common feature in properties which value fire performance. There are several screws on the market which are fire-rated. 

What Are Some Examples of Mechanical Fixings? 

  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Bolts
  • Washers
  • Anchors
  • Rivets

What Types of Insulation Fixings Do You Stock? 

Here at Materials Market, we pride ourselves on selling an extensive collection of the following quality insulation fixings:

For all other fixings (including drywall screws and wood/timber screws), check out our fixing and fastener homepage. Whether you're fastening onto masonry or timber studs/timber battens, we stock the solution. 

How To Differentiate Between Fine Threads & Coarse Threads?

The threading must be deep set and broad in order to be deemed "Coarse". Fine-threaded fasteners, on the other hand, will have narrower, shallower ridges and a greater number of threads per axial distance.

How Do You Refer To The Ridges On A Screw? 

The standard industry term for these ridges is threads. 

What Is The Difference Between A Fastener & A Fixing?

A fastener joins two formerly separate components together while fixing is more a method of securing an object in place. It refers to the process as opposed to the actual component.

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