What Are Flat Head Screws?
Flat Head Screws are a type of screw that has a flat, smooth surface that sits flush with the material it’s attached to. This makes them ideal for tasks that require a clean look, such as furniture or ornamental woodworking. These fasteners are also available in a variety of lengths and sizes, so you can find the perfect size for your project. They’re compatible with the Phillips drive, which makes them easy to install and remove.
There are several different types of flat head screws, each with its own unique qualities. Choosing the right one for your job depends on several factors, including the amount of force you’ll be applying to the fastener and the kind of head shape that will suit your application. For example, if you’ll be using the screw to mount something heavy, it’s important to use a thicker, larger head that can withstand more pressure. The same goes for tasks that will be performed on a regular basis, like assembling furniture.
The most common type of flat head screw is the oval head. This has a domed oval section that sits proud of the workpiece when seated, giving it a more finished and aesthetic appearance. These screws are used for a variety of applications, from electrical and plumbing fixtures to cabinetry and doors.
Another popular type of flat head screw is the pan head. These have a flat bearing surface that’s slightly rounded and can be found in a wide range of sizes and materials. They’re also a good choice for drywall and other sturdier construction materials. The head on a pan head screw is slightly smaller than an oval head, but it still has plenty of contact area with the device yoke (though not as much as a hex or phillips).
For more precise installations and for working with delicate materials, you might want to consider using a flat head screw with tolerance compensation. These fasteners connect two components and allow them to move in a limited number of pre-defined dimensions, which prevents interference between the parts and can save time and labor in alignment work.
A final type of flat head screw to consider is the raised counter sunk or undercut head. This screw uses the signature conical bearing surface under the head, but it’s cut at a lower angle than a standard 82-degree flat head, so it sits more flush with the workpiece. It’s a great choice for shorter screw lengths and allows deeper countersinking than standard flat heads.
The threads on these fasteners are made to grasp the wood firmly, offering a strong and reliable hold. They’re also manufactured of high-quality steel, so you can be sure they’ll hold up to heavy use. They’re compatible with a variety of drives, including slotted, Phillips, combination (Phillips and slotted), hex, Torx(r), and spanner. So if you’re looking for a high-quality flat head screw, check out the selection at AYA FASTENERS today. We’re an authorized dealer of a full range of hardware and construction products, so you can shop with confidence. Flat Head Socket Screws