What Screws to Use for Metal Studs

We carry a wide variety of screws for metal stud framing. Screws vary based on their application such as attaching plywood, drywall, strapping, sheet metal, or any type of sheeting. Visit our online store for pricing and more information about screws. These screws have a self-drilling tip to drill structural steel or a sharp point to puncture drywall studs. We sell Zeus Fasteners from Kratos Building Products. Expect high quality fasteners at great prices.

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Types of screws and other tools for metal stud framing

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Metal to metal connection screws

Low Profile Framing Screws

Short self drilling screws are ideal for metal stud to stud connections for metal stud framing. The most common type being a #10 x 3/4″ Modified Truss Head Self Drilling Screw or a 10 X 5/8″ Pancake Framer. They can be used interchangeably. These screws take a #2 Phillips head bit, are zinc coated, and typically no longer than 3/4″. They are used on interior or exterior load bearing walls and headers. Because of the low profile head, they can be used in applications where plywood or drywall will be used to cover the metal studs.

#10 X 3/4″, Modified Truss Head, Phillips Bit, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 5000 Per Box (Z1034MTD) Buy Online Here

#10 X 5/8″, Pancake Framer, PH2 Phillips, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 7500 Per Box (Z1058PPH)

Hex Head Screws

Hex head self drilling screws are great choice screws to use if the surface the of the wall or connection is not being sheathed. They can be ordered in #8, #10, #12, and #14 in a variety of different lengths from 1/2″ to 3″ or even 4″. They are zinc coated. These are used on roof trusses and floor trusses typically. Hex head screws have excellent grip and are the easiest to drive.

#10 X 3/4″, Hex Head, Nut Driver, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 6500 Per Box Buy Online Here

Wall Covering To Metal Connection Screws

Self Drilling Drywall Screws

Self drilling drywall screws are used to connect one or more layers of gypsum to structural 20 ga, 18 ga, 16 ga, and 14 ga metal studs. Use Sharp Point Drywall Screws for 20 ga EQ studs and lighter. The bugle shaped head countersinks in drywall paper. They can also be used in connecting plywood or lumber to metal studs; however, they will not countersink as well. Use 1-1/4″ long screws for a single layer of plywood or drywall and 1-5/8″ long screws for a double layer of plywood or drywall. These screws are coated in zinc, driven by a Phillips bit, and have a flat head.

#6 X 1 1/4″, Bugle Head, Phillips Bit, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 8000 Per Box Buy Online Here
#6 X 1 5/8″, Bugle Head, Phillips Bit, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 5000 Per Box Buy Online Here

Sharp Point Drywall Screws

Sharp point drywall screws are used to connect one or more layers of gypsum to structural 20 ga, 20 ga EQ, and thinner metal. Use Self Drilling Drywall Screws for 20 ga EQ studs and lighter. The bugle shaped head countersinks in drywall paper. They can also be used in connecting plywood or lumber to metal studs; however, they will not countersink as well. Use 1-1/4″ long screws for a single layer of plywood or drywall and 1-5/8″ long screws for a double layer of plywood or drywall. These screws are coated in zinc, driven by a Phillips bit, and have a flat head.

#6 X 1 1/4″, Bugle Head, PH2 Phillips, Sharp Point, Phosphate Coated Coating, 8000 Per Box
#6 X 1 5/8″, Bugle Head, PH2 Phillips, Sharp Point, Phosphate Coated Coating, 5000 Per Box

Sheathing Screws

Sheathing Screws are an excellent choice for connecting plywood, osb, zip board, and other structural boards to metal studs. The screws usually have approximately an inch of unthreaded section that allows them to drill through the sheathing without picking up the sheathing. These screws are good for connecting up to 3/4″ plywood to 20 ga, 18 ga, 16 ga, or 14 ga steel.

8 X 2″, Bugle Head, SPH2 Phillips, Self-drilling, 1000 HR Coating Coating, 4000 Per Box (ZM2PP)

General Utility Screws

Trim Screws

Trim Screws are used for connecting low profile holes in wood, pvc, or other trim to metal studs. The low profile head sinks into the plywood without leaving a very noticeable hole. Furthermore, the hole may be puttied over to nearly hide the hole all together. These screws are #6, zinc coated, and use a #1 square drive.

#6X 1 5/8″, Trim Head, SQ1 Square, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 5000 Per Box (Z158THDZ) Buy Online Here

#6 X 2 1/4″, Trim Head, SQ1 Square, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 3000 Per Box (Z214THDZ) Buy Online Here

Long Bugle Head Screws

Long bugle head screws have many uses for attaching wide material including 2x lumber to metal studs. They can be as long as 4″ long; however, we typically stock boxes of 2 5/8″ long.

#8 X 2 5/8″, Bugle Head, PH2 Phillips, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 2000 Per Box (Z258SDZ) Buy Online Here

Long Modified Truss Head Screws

Long modified truss head screws have many uses for attaching wide material including 2x lumber or lathe to metal studs. They can be as long as 4″ long; however, we typically stock boxes of 1 5/8″ and 2 1/2″ long.

#8 X 1 5/8″, Modified Truss Head, PH2 Phillips, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 5000 Per Box (Z8158MTD) Buy Online Here

#8 X 2 1/2″, Modified Truss Head, PH2 Phillips, Self-drilling, Zinc Coating, 2000 Per Box (Z8212MTD)

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