When you have to choose the appropriate nails for your work, first of all, you should know something about each type that is available. If you haven’t done too much home improvement work, you might be amazed at the different choices that you have. Although nails seem similar, using the wrong type can ruin any project. Many hardware merchants sell various kinds of fastener, such as those mentioned below.
Fastener are usually constructed from plain steel or galvanized steel, however some nails are constructed of brass, aluminum, or copper. They are also available in an assortment of sizes and grip lengths. The most prevalent kind of straight nail has a flattened top, and is suitable for many jobs. These are available in assorted sizes for an affordable price. However, when you use this type, the nail head remains visible. Regular nails are all right for most small jobs, however they might not support other, bigger and structurally demanding work.
If you require a special fastener, you may want to consider these various types of nails:
– Box nails are something like regular nails because both of them have big, flat heads. Box type nails are more lightweight compared to common nails. If you are using wood that may easily split, you should choose box nails. Be forewarned that box nails might not work as well as different types of nails.
– Finish nails, in contrast, feature a small head size. This is the ideal type of nail if you’d prefer not to leave behind a visible nail head. The heads are barely visible after they have been nailed in place.
– A brad is a kind of nail that is something like a finishing nail however with one exception: rather than a flat head, brads have round heads that are actually smaller than the heads for finishing nails.
– Dedicated roofing nails are the proper type to use for roofing jobs, since they are made for securing shingles. They have larger heads than those on common nails and they have been treated to prevent rust. One to two inch roofing nails are commonly used in most roofing jobs.
– Coated nails have a surface coating of resin that serves as a type of fixative. This type of nail is ideal for jobs that require additional holding strength.
– The sturdiest kind of fasteners that are available are the threaded or coil nails. They can hold as well as wood screws, but they are easy to hammer into any surface. These nails are great for more structurally demanding work like cabinets that will support heavy weight.
– Lastly, masonry nails are constructed from extra strength steel and have indented cuts in them for extra holding power. However, since they are grooved, they must be hammered in straight, and usually it required a strong hammer, or sledge hammer to put them in. Unless you pound them in straight, this type of nail may become bent or broken.