Nails in construction and carpentry to fasten one or more objects to each other.
We use nails in construction and carpentry to fasten one or more objects to each other. They are usually made of steel but can also be made of stainless steel, iron, copper, aluminium or bronze. In this category, you will find different types of nails depending on the material you want to drive them into and the degree of holding power you require. They include but are not limited to steel and wire nails, U nails, roofing nails and wood nails. Some of the nails in this section are specially hardened so that they can be driven into masonry or concrete, usually in the act of attaching wooden items to these materials.
Nails are usually made of steel but can also be made of stainless steel, iron, copper, aluminium, or bronze. The pointed end of a nail is called the point, the shaft is called the shank, and the flattened part is called the head.
Types of Nails
- Common Nails. Common nails work for general fastening projects, including construction work like framing and structural assemblies, as well as woodworking projects.
- Framing Nails. Framing nails are commonly used in heavy duty construction and are usually fired from a gun to connect timber to timber. The nails are strong and durable with a pointed tip designed to be driven into the material at speed without causing splitting.
- Box Nails. Box nails are similar to common nails but have a slimmer shank and have less holding power. Box nail is used on lighter pieces of wood and on boxes, and also used for installing clapboard siding. They are especially good for this application because the thinner nail tends to crack the siding less.
- Sinker Nails. A type of nail used in contemporary wood-frame construction; thinner than a common nail, coated with adhesive to enhance holding power, with a funnel-shaped head, and a grid stamped on the top of the head.
- Deck Nails. The best nails for decking are stainless steel nails as they offer the greatest resistance to rust with minimum discoloration to woods such as cedar. However, stainless steel nails are considerably more expensive than other nails
- Roofing Nails. Galvanized roofing nails tend to resist rust formation, and they are a suitable option for asphalt shingles. Owens Corning requires using either galvanized steel, stainless steel, or aluminum nails to affix shingles.
- Masonry Nails. Masonry nails – hardened nails used to fix objects to walls, ceilings and other surfaces. Their grooved shaft clings to the surface, preventing any loosening of the nail. These nails are good for medium duty applications when anchoring is not the preferred option.
- Siding Nails. - dip galvanized nails - The best type of nails to use for siding include hot-dip galvanized nails, which boast strength and durability to complete your siding installation successfully.
"Sinkers" are thinner than common nails, have a smaller, flat nail head and are often coated so they can be easily driven flush, or even counter-sunk. Masonry and concrete nails: Made from hardened steel and designed for use with concrete and concrete block.