Stainless steel nails are popular because of their affordable price and durability. As a result, they can be used for a variety of DIY jobs. However, not all stainless steel nails are created equally and you do have to make sure that you use the right one for the right job. Let’s take a look at some of the different applications to choose from.
Stainless Steel Nails Applications
- Here, you need to use an annular ring nail. This has a special kind of texture that makes it perfect for soft wood and felt shingles.
- Again, you should get an annular ring nail. These are good for roofs on garages, sheds, and houses. However, you could also consider a steel ridge nail, which is fitted with a plastic washer. This is waterproof and will therefore create a tight seal.
- Lost head nails are the best ones to use if you are installing decking. The head of this Neil means it will not stick out over the decking and that it is so small that people won’t be able to see it. Furthermore, they are weatherproof so they will not rest and oxidize over time.
- Here, you will need a panel pin. They are perfect for household and kitchen cabinets. You don’t have to worry about them damaging the soft wood if you use pine, but they can equally be used on harder woods like oak.
- Underlay and carpets. For this type of work you will need an asphalt Neil. They are smaller and come with a flat head. They’re perfect for securing asphalt, underlay, or carpet.
What about Brushed Steel?
If you purchase a stainless steel nail, you have a meal that is made of an alloy material. A brushed steel nail is one that has a different type of finish. The brushing happens after all the different alloys and other components have been combined. Hence, a stainless steel nail can also come with a brushed steel finish.
Stainless steel has a number of specific properties, such as that it contains chromium and a degree of nickel. You will usually find stainless steel in kitchen utensils, flatware, equipment, auto parts, and some jewellery. It is very versatile and strong, which is why it is used so widely. With brushed Steel, friction is applied by a grinder or sander to the steel itself. Very fine bristle brushes are used to create a non reflective, dull surface. This is a different type of finishing process since using protective coatings or electroplating creates a shiny look to the steel.
You can use a brushed finish on a stainless steel nail. That will turn it into brushed stainless steel. Doing so is usually a design consideration. Because brushed steel does not reflect light, it looks quite dull. However, that can be the desired effect in certain designs.
Generally speaking, therefore, when you use stainless steel nails in DIY projects, they will be regular stainless steel models and not brushed steel models.