Drywall Screws or Nails for Bedroom Addition

Answered by Brendan ~ May 30, 2010 ~ Comments

I confess that it's been years since I hung drywall. But now I'm doing a home addition for a new bedroom. The hardware store clerk recommended using drywall screws instead of the nails I'm accustomed to using. I know both nails and screws can't leave indentations. Which method requires less patching and costs less?

Patrick K. ~ Tacoma, Washington

Brendan Fowler

The cost difference between nails and screws for a bedroom addition is going to be a few dollars at most, with nails being slightly cheaper. Both will require the same amount of patching unless you miss the nails with the hammer and then you will have to patch extra hammer marks as well. Typically, I hang the sheetrock with a couple of nails and finish fastening the sheet with screws. I have found that the screws tend to suck the sheet up the studs better than nails. However, if you have had good luck in the past with nails and you are more comfortable with nails, then stick with nails. Your project will come out just fine if you use only nails.

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