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Nail it in Stainless Steel!

Last Updated: 23/7/20 at 9:08am

Why use a Stainless Steel Nail?

Stainless Steel Nails are often overlooked to Galvanized Steel Nails due to the perception of a high price. In fact often the price difference is reasonable, the value far greater, they look great and offer excellent lasting value with a lower overall life-cycle cost.

Alternatively Stainless Steel Deck Screws can also be used, these are better than regular self-tapping screws which would require pilot holes.

What are the benefits of Stainless Steel Nails?

Using stainless steel nails in treated timber offer superior corrosion resistance and outlasts galvanized steel nails.

Two useful features to look for in any nail are:

  • Annular grooved ribs along the body – to reduce any pull out and loosening
  • A checkered pattern on the head of any flat head nails – ideal if plaster is being applied over the nail.

What types of Nails are there?

Select which grade of stainless steel is appropriate for the application and be sure to follow good stainless steel guidelines.

For help and advice on stainless steel grade selection, please contact the Nickel Institute or the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association.

Flat Head Nails

Flat Head Nails are a general-purpose nail and used for basic construction where the appearance of the head is not a critical factor.

They are available in grade 304 and 316 and range in length from 20mm to 100mm.

Stainless Steel Flat Head Nails

Countersunk Decking Nails

Countersunk Nails or Decking Nails have a slightly more solid head with a slightly countersunk shape designed for use on flooring or decking ensuring a flush finish with the surface of the timber and reducing the need to punch the heads.

Stainless Steel Countersunk Decking Nails

Bullet Head Nails

Bullet Head Nails or Jolt Head Nails have a smaller head diameter that is only slightly larger than the shaft of the nail. The head of the nail can easily be sunk below the surface of the timber with a nail punch and covered with the use of filler and painted.

They are available in 304 and 316 and they range from 50mm to 100mm in length.

Stainless Steel Panel Pins are a much finer gauge version, designed specifically for delicate jobs where a normal nail would split the material being fixed. They are commonly used in cabinet making, joinery and for fixing mouldings.

Stainless Steel Bullet Head Nails

Rose Head Nails

Rose Head Nails have a raised head in the shape of a four sided pyramid. They are often selected for the shape of the head and used for decorative purposed in furniture making and upholstery.

Stainless Steel Rose Head Nails

Other Stainless Nails:

Stainless Steel Wire Dog Staples are also commonly known a C Nails. These nails are literally shaped like a C and are commonly used for sub floor fixings in the building and construction industry. If you are building within 5 kilometres of the coast you will want to consider using stainless steel for its superior durability.

Stainless Steel Z nails are used in pile and bearer fixings and are available in left hand and right hand. As with the C nails, if your building close to the coast line you may want to consider stainless steel Z nails in your construction for superior durability.

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