Stainless steel nails
Stainless steel nails are produced when ordinary steel is mixed with 10% or more of chromium when in the molten state. This creates a stronger metal that prevents rusting. Given the added chromium, stainless steel is generally stronger than galvanised steel and gains a shiny, bright appearance. However, due to the added manufacturing efforts, stainless steel is more expensive than galvanised steel.
Most fences will be secured effectively using galvanised nails, but for coastal areas, stainless steel is recommended. The salty sea air has a harsh effect on metals, meaning extra protection is needed for a long-lasting fence.
If stainless steel nails are needed for your fencing project, our SITEMATE range includes everything you need. Contact our expert team today for more information, we’d be more than happy to recommend a nail best suited to your requirements.
Ring shank nails or round wire nails?
Now that we’ve covered nail materials, which type of nail is best suited for your installation?
Ring shank nails
Ring shank nails consist of spirals which are used to increase the holding power massively. The continued spiral pattern provides friction when hammered into wood, resulting in extra grip to prevent loosening over time.
An important thing to note: While ring shank nails are great for providing a stronger hold, they are harder to remove if placed incorrectly. When drilling, take your time and concentrate on precision.
In short, ring shank nails should be used where extra holding power in needed.
Round wire nails
Round wire nails are smooth in nature, allowing them to drive into the wood more easily. Although they don’t provide as much strength as ring shank nails, they still offer great holding power for general fencing applications.
At Birkdale, we offer an extensive range of both ring shank and round wire nails in various sizes and finishes. From 1kg bags to 25kg boxes, we have everything you need. Browse our SITEMATE fixings offering or contact our friendly team today for more information.