A Closer Look at Why Heat Treated Screws Matter

Heat Treated Screws

Heat Treated Screws

The more work you do, the more you pay attention to the little details. Two details that are easy to overlook when you’re fumbling through screw bins at the store are the screw’s treatment and coating. Those are details that Screw Products pays quite a bit of attention to.

Screw Products heat treated screws are heat treated carbon steel with a coating. Heat treated carbon steel screws have greater strength and have a bending property which prevents snapping. (Think of an airplane wing bending–disconcerting yes–but much better than breaking!) That bending and not breaking property, and the overall strength of the screw is comforting to have when your fastener application is a deck or a heavy cabinet or TV.

After treatment comes the coating. The coating on the screw differs depending on whether the screw is for interior or exterior use. For interior use, you definitely don’t want the screw to rust, as that could transfer to the material and cause damage. For exterior use, the coating has to stand up to the elements and to the chemicals used on pressure treated wood, for example.

Screw Products Gold Star screw is a high quality interior screw. It is available for projects that require extra long screws, for cabinets, and for multi-purpose applications. It’s a triple-coated yellow zinc that works great inside, but is not recommended for exterior applications.

For exterior applications, use Screw Products’ Bronze Star screws–they use a proprietary coating that has shown over 1200 hours corrosion resistance in both ACQ & salt spray tests. Those phenomenal numbers allow Screw Products to offer a guarantee that replaces any corroded fasteners and provides a fair means of remedy for the re-installation of defective fasteners for the life of the project. Check their website for details.

For the wettest and most corrosive places–coastal environments–use the Silver Star, a stainless steel screw.

For someone just starting out as a do-it-yourselfer, all the choices for something as simple as a screw might seem overwhelming. That’s why when you check out the Screw Products page on our website, you’ll see all of the screws grouped together based on their application. Just read the headlines and a little bit of descriptive text and you’re sure to get the right screw for your project.

Check out our selection of Screw Products today.

FastenMaster HeadLok Screws For Common DIY Projects


FastenMaster HeadLok

Wouldn’t your projects be easier and faster if you didn’t have to predrill, or if you didn’t have to worry about camout, stripped screws, using washers, and dealing with corrosion? That’s exactly what FastenMaster was thinking when they created the HeadLok screw.

The FastenMaster HeadLok is a heavy duty wood screw that features a Spider Drive (free bit included in every package) so it’s virtually impossible to strip out the head and you don’t have to worry about camout. It aggressively digs into wood–zips right in–and pulls out easily if you need to reinstall or make a modification.

The FastenMaster HeadLok screw is ideal for wood-to-wood applications and comes in a wide range of lengths (from 2 ⅞ to 18”)–which makes it perfect for many projects around the home–like deck framing, stair stringers, landscape walls, fencing, cabinets, TV wall mounts, and more.

The HeadLok has nationally code compliant stronger design shear values than 3/8 inch lag screws–so you know your project is safe and secure (go ahead, mount that flat screen TV). It’s also made right here in the USA.

We think quality matters–and we know you’ll feel the difference when you use the FastenMaster HeadLok for your next project.

The HeadLok is available now at DIY Home Center.