Selecting the right nail for the job can be difficult, there are so many options, in terms of type of nail, size of head, length, grade, construction material and galvanization. How can you pick top rated stainless steel nails?
Top Rated Stainless Steel Nails
Let’s run through some of the types of nails and what they’re used for. First of all finish nails which include micro pins, brad nails, straight finish nails, and angle nails. Micro pins are used for very fine detail finishing on furniture, trims and fine carpentry. They are headless nails to avoid splitting and to leave minimal entry holes. Brad nails are slightly larger with a small head to again cover furniture assembly, beading, decorative trims, and panel assembly.
Flooring cleat nails are for hardwood floor application and come in an L-Shape for ease of application. They are engineered with a ribbed shank to increase power and prevent floors from squeaking. Coil nails are those that come on a coil for ease of application, primarily for roofing projects. Strip nails are again collated in strips for nail guns and angled for precision delivery.
The material the nails is finished in can make the difference to the longevity of the lifespan of a nail based on where the finish product is located. Standard electro galvanized nails have some corrosion resistance but should only be used for interior work. The very thin layer of zinc coating will prevent rust and corrosion in an indoor environment.
If you finish piece will be outdoors, then you should opt for 304 grade stainless steel finish which is suitable for outdoor applications. The nails shouldn’t rust and corrode or discolor the surrounding wood. They can also be used in acidic and oil based woods such as ACQ treated timber, redwood, cedar, and exotic woods. However, for marine and tropical application you will need to upgrade to 316 grade stainless steel nails. These nails are suitable for tropical, seaside, and even saltwater contact and are viewed as marine grade fasteners by the industry.
Copper nails are sometimes used for roofing and slating purposes. They match copper flashing and they have proven durability and holding power. Although copper is more expensive than aluminum and stainless steel, it is proven to withstand more years of wear and tear, particularly in outdoor environments subject to rain. So although they may be more expensive initially they will save you from future repair and replacement.
To accompany your nails, if you’re someone who does a lot of nail work you may also want to invest in a nail gun. Different types of nails require different nail guns though so ensure that you buy the right tool for the nails you use most often. A standard nailer will nail some grades of bard nails but not fine nails and some smaller brad nails. Some guns only nail coil nails, and others strip nail collations. So if in doubt speak to a specialist at your tool store.
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