Stainless Steel Nails for Nail Guns
We offer a wide selection of nails for any project. You will find, we have assembled a broad range of nails specifically designed to work in most popular pneumatic nail guns.
When selecting collated nails there are several factors to consider. Collated nails are divided into two basic categories, stick and coil.
Stick nails, also known as strip nails, are collated or fastened together into a rigid strip. When selecting the proper stick nail to fit your nailer, three basic factors must be considered:
- Method of collation- The method of collation may be by plastic strips, paper strips, thin wire or tape/adhesive.
Degree or angle of collation -The degree of collation may range from 0° (flat angle) to 35°.
Head type-The head type may be either full round or clipped. Clipped head nails have a crescent-shaped piece removed from each head to allow them to be packed together more tightly. While this allows more nails per strip, many areas of the country, specifically the earthquake-prone west coast and hurricane areas like Florida, have building codes that do not allow clipped heads.
- Plastic Strip- These nails have a large head, are durable, and are resistant to water damage. The plastic prevents deterioration due to high humidity and inclement weather. Strip nails are convenient for a variety of projects and strip nailers are lighter than coil nailers. This allows for installation with less fatigue which is convenient for jobs requiring one to hold the nail gun overhead.
- Paper strip- These have more load capacity than plastic strip as they are arranged into larger strips, hence increasing installation efficiency. They also do not create the plastic debris that plastic strip nails produce during installation. To note, these nails are relatively delicate and sensitive to moisture. Store in a dry location.
- Adhesive- Used for finish (brad) nails with straight collation. Brads are neat, safe, and easy to use. They may have "T" or "D" shaped heads. Please note, be sure your nails are stored in a dry area. While these nails are efficient and reliable, they need to be stored properly as the adhesive collation is relatively delicate.
Coil nails are generally welded to a thin wire and always have a full round head. Normally attached at 15°, the nails are then rolled into coils. Coils contain 150-250 nails depending on the variety. Coils allow for efficient installation without frequent reloading. The circular design of the coil allows for quick firing while minimizing jams. This style of nail collation is popular for roofing and siding. Coil nails may also be collated with plastic. These may be special ordered for you if needed.
When matching both coil and strip nails to a corresponding gun, consider the factors above and also understand the length and gauge limitations for the specific nailer you are working with.