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Flat Head Screws

Flat head screws are just one of many screw type fasteners you can buy from Electronic Fasteners that are manufactured with different head styles for different applications. Sometimes the screw head style serves a functional purpose, and sometimes it’s more decorative, especially when used for consumer or retail products that need to look good as well as be functional. Understanding the differences will help you decide which style to choose, but in this post we’re going to talk about flat head screws. If you’re unsure about the screw style, size, or metal you need for your application, just ask the fastener experts here at Electronic Fasteners.

Flat head screws have several beneficial features:

  • Their countersunk design puts the head flush with the product surface
  • Flat head screws can accept covers to hide the screw head
  • Flat head screws are available in several different configurations and metals

There are two basic screw head designs: countersunk and non-countersunk. Non-countersunk heads—where the head is fully exposed—encompass the largest variety of screw head designs.

Countersunk designs mainly consist of flat, oval and bugle heads.

Unless the material is very soft, flat head screws require a countersunk hole. The advantage is that little or no part of the head protrudes beyond the surface of the material. If flat head screws are being used in finish work, consider using a flat head screw cover (also known as a “beauty cap”) to hide the head (not all drive styles will accept screw covers). Made of plastic, these caps are available in standard colors that match commonly used plastic laminates and wood.

Flat head screws are used a lot in the building industry for cabinets, countertops, stairs, furniture, drywall and other components. Flat head screws are ideal for these applications because they’re flush with surface. There are other applications as well, so if you think your application or product could benefit from the use of flat head screws, give us a call at Electronic Fasteners to discuss your needs.