Extended Concrete Screw Range
Concrete screws offer a number of benefits that help improve both the speed and efficiency of service installations. Find out more in our blog and flyer.
We’ve extended our range of concrete screws by adding new sizes, head types and brands such as Dewalt Wall-Dog Screw Anchors and Tapcon Concrete Screws. The reason for investing in improving our range of concrete screws is based on the many installation benefits they offer when compared to traditional alternatives like wedge anchors:
- Quicker installation. Concrete screws are exceptionally quick and simple to install, as they can be drilled straight in. Unlike wedge anchors they don’t require as many additional tools or fixings.
- Flexibility. Concrete screws can easily be removed and repositioned. In situations where an unexpected change occurs on site, concrete screws can dramatically reduce the risk of a costly and time-consuming alteration.
- Create less dust. Concrete screws require a far smaller drill hole, which reduces the amount of dust on site. This is becoming an important consideration for contractors as they focus on minimising the risks workers are exposed too.
- No expansion. Since concrete screws don’t rely on expansion to create a firm fixing they allow for fixings to be placed close to each other or a minimal distance from edges. Unlike wedge anchors they can also be used in cracked concrete.
- Fool proof. Concrete screws are a lot simpler to install correctly than wedge anchors. This reduces the possibility for install failure, and provides greater peace of mind that a solid anchor setting has been achieved.
So, although the cost of concrete screws might be more expensive, once you consider their benefits and the fact they require less additional equipment and are quicker to install, they are actually a very cost-effective solution.
Another reason why we’ve seen an increase in enquiries and sales of concrete screws over the last year is that contractors have adopted Amendment 3 to the 17th IET Wiring Regulations which requires all escape routes for buildings to be fitted with fire-proof fixings. We anticipate demand for concrete screws will continue to grow as the 18th Edition BS 7671:2018 (to be released in July 2018) will extended this to include all fixings throughout a building. There will be a six-month transition period, but from the 1st January 2019 all electrical installations after this date must comply.
If you need any advice on which fixings to use, we are happy to undertake site visits to suggest a fixing solution for your specific project. Our Account Managers can also provide on-site training and tool box talks if required.
We can even arrange anchor tests in accordance with recommendations of BS8539 for the selection and installation of anchors in concrete and masonry to support our suggestion (depending upon the application and fixing used). Once the anchor test is completed we provide a detailed report to show the conformance of the fixing to the required project load levels which can be passed on to main contractors.
For further details on our concrete screw range or arrange anchor tests contact our team on 01322 274226 or [email protected]