most common hardware nail types


Every hardware store must have a vast selection of nails, varying in size and purpose. Here are some of the most regularly used kinds you may come across at your shopping destination.

These specialized nails are designed to secure asphalt or fiberglass shingles to roofs. Featuring a wide, flat head and a slim, lengthy shank, the nail head gives the shingle extra grip while the long shank ensures that the nail is adequately embedded into the roofing material instead of simply skimming atop.

With their distinguishable short, wide shank and miniature head, concrete nails are the ideal choice for fixing wood and metal pieces securely onto surfaces of cement. The concise proportion of their stems allows them to successfully penetrate these hard surfaces and their small heads keep wooden sections from splintering.

Wood to wood connections are made extra secure with the use of framing nails. These particular nails possess a lengthy body and a vast, flat head, which assists in warding off the nail from yanking out and stops the wood from cracking too.

To avoid splitting wood while joining decorative elements such as molding or trim, finish nails are the perfect solution. These fasteners are designed with a small head to guarantee a secure fit, and their slim shanks allow them to remain inconspicuous once installed.

When fastening plywood and wood together, the ideal nail is the flat-headed plywood nail. Its generous head is designed to keep the two materials securely in place, while the long shank burrows deep into the wooden framework. A sturdy bond is easily achieved.

When you browse the nail aisle at the hardware store, you’ll find a surprisingly diverse selection! Basic roofing nails, concrete nails, framing nails, finish nails, and plywood nails are all available, each designed for a distinct purpose – so ensure that you know which type of nail is best for your project before you start.

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