Specifying Proper Products

With over 20 years of supplying tradespeople, Building Materials Nationwide has the expertise to recommend the ideal fixing for your specific plasterboard project.

The Trade Professional’s Guide to Plasterboard Fixings

Specifying the right plasterboard fixings ensures your projects are completed on time, within budget, and with quality results. However, navigating the many types of fasteners and applications for each can be confusing. With more than two decades of experience serving builders and construction enthusiasts, Building Materials Nationwide possesses the knowledge and insight to suggest the perfect plasterboard fixings for your unique project requirements. 

Choosing the wrong plasterboard fixings can lead to delays and increased costs on your projects. The wrong anchors may not properly affix boards, leading to cracks, sagging, and quality issues down the road. Weak or improper screws can strip, snap or pop out, forcing tedious repairs. Using unsuitable fixings slows down installs as you struggle to make them work. 

If they outright fail, you face expensive rework tearing out boards and re-installing with the right fasteners. When you open a trade account with us, our knowledgeable fixings specialists advise you on selecting the proper plasterboard fasteners to get your job done right.

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Plasterboard Fixing Specialists

Our plasterboard fixings are renowned for their durability and performance, and we take pride in delivering top-notch products that ensure your projects stand the test of time. You can count on us for consistent supply and fast shipping, as we understand the importance of timely deliveries to keep your projects on track. 

Building Materials Nationwide offers competitive prices without compromising quality, making it easier on your budget. We value long-term partnerships and are committed to listening, understanding, and delivering the solutions you need: your success is our priority.

How to Select the Right Plasterboard Fixings

Assess the Fixture Weight

Determine the weight of the fixture or item you intend to hang on the plasterboard. This step is crucial in selecting the right fixing, as different fixings have weight limitations. Overloading a fixing can lead to structural issues and potential damage.

Consider the Fixture Type

The type of fixture or item you are installing plays a role in the choice of fixings. Here are some common fixtures and the recommended fixings:

  • Shelves: Use toggle bolts or molly bolts for heavy-duty shelves, while self-drilling plasterboard anchors or wall plugs may suffice for lightweight shelves.
  • Mirrors: Heavy mirrors should be anchored with toggle bolts or molly bolts, while smaller and lighter mirrors may require wall plugs or self-drilling anchors.
  • Cabinets: Large cabinets should be securely fastened with toggle bolts or molly bolts, while small cabinets can be hung with self-drilling anchors or wall plugs.
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Understanding the Types of Plasterboard Fixings

Wall Plugs

Wall plugs, also known as anchors or raw plugs, are versatile and suitable for lightweight to medium-weight fixtures. They are made from plastic or metal and provide reliable support when inserted into the plasterboard. Plastic plugs like our 6mm Red Plastic Wall Plugs are ideal for attaching lightweight to medium loads in plasterboard and come in a box of 100.

Metal Anchors

Heavy-duty metal nail-in anchors such as our Metal Nail-in Anchor allow direct attachment of plasterboard to brick, stone or concrete. They’re made from zinc-coated steel for strength and rust resistance.

Self-Drilling Screws

These screws are designed for ease of use as they can be screwed directly into the plasterboard. Self-drilling screws like the GTEC Pan Head Self Drilling Screws rapidly connect plasterboard to metal studs up to 3mm thick without pre-drilling, and are made of carbon steel for added strength.

Self-Tapping Screws

These screws are an excellent choice for lightweight to medium-duty applications, such as hanging shelves, mounting pictures, or securing electrical boxes. Self-tapping plasterboard screws such as the GTEC Acoustic Floor Self Tapping Screws quickly affix boards to floors with minimal added depth, and are fine threaded for plasterboard.

Nailable Plugs

These plugs are designed to be driven into a plasterboard with a hammer or mallet, eliminating the need for drilling holes or using screws. Combination nail and plug fixings like our Gyproc Nailable Plugs provide superior grip fixing insulated plasterboard to masonry walls and feature an expanding tip for extra holding power.

Get Expert Plasterboard Fixing Advice With a Trade Account

Opening a Building Materials Nationwide trade account gives you exclusive access to personalised recommendations for specifying the proper plasterboard fixings. Our team of fixings experts will get to know your business and projects to advise you on the ideal anchors, screws, and plugs for every job. 

Trade accounts also give you special pricing on the plasterboard fixings you use most. Bulk discounts across our full range of quality fasteners help maximise profitability on every project. With a trade account, you also get priority customer service, job site delivery options, and easy ordering.

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Don’t Let Confusion About Fasteners Slow You Down

With over two decades of experience, Building Materials Nationwide has the plasterboard fixing expertise to set your projects up for success. Let us take the guesswork out of specification so you can confidently choose the right fasteners. Our trade accountsprovide personalised recommendations, special pricing, and superior service.

Contact us today at 01628 249 368 or by filling out the enquiry form below to speak with a fixing specialist about your upcoming projects for advice on selecting the proper plasterboard anchors, screws, and plugs.

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