Rivets offer the advantage over screws that a thread does not have to be made in any of the components. A disadvantage is that the connection cannot be released non-destructively. However, this disadvantage is the most important advantage in some areas - precisely where undetachable connections are required. These include aircraft and shipbuilding.

In contrast to screw connections, which have to be checked by complex measurements, a positive riveted joint can be recognized optically and without measuring effort by the formed closing head.