The basic purpose of nails is to fasten the necessary materials strongly and securely. But, most people usually do not know that there are actually many different types of nails that available.
Each nail types have different function and purpose depending on the type of project. Choosing the wrong type of nails can hindrance the project progress. If you let it be and use the wrong nails for the wrong purpose, then do not expect that your project result can last as long as you plan it to be.
Any hardware stores can provide various nail types with different materials and shapes for their customers such as; aluminum, galvanized, copper, brass and stainless steel nails. Here are some examples of nail types that you can find in many hardware stores;
This is the most often nail that is used for various small and basic tasks that do not require specific function from the nail. It has flat head with straight and plain body. This nail is available in different size and length and the price is quite cheap compare to other nail types.
This nail has the same appearance as the common nail with large and flat head. The difference is that it has lighter gauge compare to the common nail. This nail is use to attach thin woods or boards that can split easily if you are using the common nails. The downside of this nail is that this nail does not hold the woods or board as good as other nail types.
This nail has rather smaller heads compare to the some other nail types with square shape. So, you can continue hit it until the head is completely inserted in to the wood or board. This nail is used if you want to hide the nail head from the wood’s surface and making the surface smoother.
It has similar function as the finishing nails. The differences are that the nail’s head has rounded shape instead of square, and the size of its head is smaller compare to the finishing nails.
This nail is used for roofing jobs. The nails are designed to tack down the shingles to its supporter bars. It has larger head compare to the other nail types and coated to avoid getting rusted from the weather, especially the rain.
Usually the material for this nail is galvanized to improve the rust protection, although there are other roofing nails that are made with different material. The length of this nails usually available in one to two inches.
Spiral shank or coil nails
This nails holds the wood strongly just like a screw, but can be inserted without using the screwdriver. You can just hammer it in until it shank all the way. This nail is perfect for construction that required strong structure and hold heavy structure.
This nail is made using high strong steel with grooves around the body to provide more holding power. But, the grooves makes the nail must be inserted in a straight way. If the nails do not inserted in straight, the nail might bend or break. This nail often used against concrete or cement, so it is usually require strong force to hammered it in.