Choosing a Screw Anchor Over a Sleeve Anchor & Why

The Allfasteners screw anchor is considered a better choice compared to a sleeve anchor in concrete masonry block applications for several reasons, find out why.

The Allfasteners screw anchor is considered a better choice compared to a sleeve anchor in concrete masonry block applications due to several reasons:

  1. Ease of installation: Screw anchors are designed with ease of installation in mind. They can be installed directly into pre-drilled holes without the need for additional tightening or torqueing. Sleeve anchors, on the other hand, require a two-step process of inserting the anchor and then tightening the nut to expand the sleeve, which can be more time-consuming and labor-intensive.
  2. Removability: Screw anchors can be removed and reinstalled if needed, providing greater flexibility in case adjustments are required during or after the project. Sleeve anchors, once expanded, are difficult to remove without damaging the masonry material, and cannot be reused.
  3. Load-bearing capacity: Screw anchors are designed to have a high load-bearing capacity in concrete masonry blocks. Their threaded design allows for a better grip and more even distribution of load across the anchor, reducing the risk of failure. Sleeve anchors, while also capable of bearing loads, may be more prone to slipping or loosening under heavy or dynamic loads, especially in weaker or more porous masonry materials.
  4. Reduced risk of damage: When installing a sleeve anchor, over-tightening or improper installation can cause the sleeve to expand excessively, leading to cracks or damage to the concrete masonry block. Screw anchors, with their direct installation method, are less likely to cause damage, as they don't rely on an expansion mechanism.
  5. Versatility: Screw anchors can be used in a wider range of materials, including solid and hollow concrete masonry blocks, as well as brick and stone. Sleeve anchors, while suitable for some of these materials, may not provide the same level of performance and reliability in all cases.
  6. Smaller hole size: Screw anchors typically require smaller pre-drilled holes compared to sleeve anchors, reducing the amount of material removed and potentially increasing the overall strength of the masonry.

While the Allfasteners screw anchor has these advantages, it's important to consider the specific requirements of your project, as certain applications may still benefit from the use of sleeve anchors. Always consult manufacturer guidelines and engineering specifications to ensure the correct anchor type is selected for your particular application.