When you are buying nails you need to consider many factors that include:
The design of the nail
A nail is made up of 3 main parts: head, shank and point. Nails come in different types of heads that are ideal for different applications. The heads are:
Flat heads: They are the most common and are characterized by a large striking surface. Due to this feature, they have a solid holding power and are ideal for insulation and sheathing.
Cupped heads: They are concave in shape and are ideal when you are looking to facilitate concealment. They are often used in drywalls.
Countersunk heads: They are conical in shape and have a countersunk or pushed below surface look. The cool thing with them is that you can easily conceal them using putty in order to give them a smooth finish. They are ideal to use in finishing jobs.
When it comes to nail points, there are many nail points such as blunt, long diamond, and diamond points. Blunt points reduce the chances of splitting wood and are difficult to drive. Long diamond points are easier to drive in hard materials such as drywall and others. Diamond points are the most common and are ideal for general use.
Just like the other parts of the nail, nail shanks are of different types. The most common types are: barbed, ringed, smooth and fluted.
Another factor that you should consider is the nail size. Nail sizes are classified in gauges and the gauge that you should go for depends on where you are looking to install the nail. If you are looking to install a small unit, go for a small nail.
Nails are made from different materials such as: stainless steel, galvanized or brite wire. Stainless steel nails are made from stainless steel and are often used in roofing, siding, decking, siding, outdoor trim and other applications. Galvanized nails on the other hand are coated with zinc in order to prevent them from rusting. Due to this feature, they stand better to water and abrasion.
Brite wire nails aren’t treated to stand up to weather thus you shouldn’t install them outdoors. The best way of going about it is using them in indoor applications such as carpentry, trim, flooring, kitchen cupboards and others.
Tips to consider when using nails
For you to be successful when installing nails, you need to consider a number of tips. To achieve a strong hold, drive nails at an angle. The most common problem with using nails is that they tend to split wood. To avoid splitting the wood, use small nails. You should also avoid driving multiple nails on the same grain line. This is to avoid putting a lot of stress on the wood thus causing it to split.