When to Use Nails Vs. When to Use Screws?

You finally got around to that DIY job you have been planning to do. As you are putting together all the tools and materials you require, you are stuck with a conundrum of which fastener to use - nails or screws. Do not fret, MarshFasteners is here to help you get unstuck fast so you can get on with your project.

Each of these fasteners has different characteristics which determine their suitability for certain uses. We are going to examine some of these characteristics to help you make an informed decision:

Stainless Steel nails are the best fastener when you are doing basic construction such as building a box and when there are adhesives being used. Nails are used in almost all framing and structural applications. If you have any outdoor applications, you need to use stainless or galvanized nails. Finish nails are best for attaching trim and molding and for furniture assembly.

Stainless Steel nails and deck screws are useful for outdoor projects where time and weather take their toll. These screws are coated to resist corrosion. From a cost perspective deck screws are less expensive compared to stainless steel screws. Deck screws are useful for attaching deck boards, and other projects such as outdoor furniture.

Stainless Steel screws – they are your best fattener when forces will be applied in multiple directions i.e. against a joint, or if extra weight will be applied, such as a bookshelf. If you also are not planning on using additional adhesives, screws are your best bet. The threads on screws grip and bite into the wood resulting in the joint being stronger and more secure. If you were to use a nail where forces are going to be applied, there is a high chance the substrates will disconnect.

All your fastener requirements are met at MarshFasteners

MarshFasteners stocks a wide range of nails and screws. Get in touch with us for all your Stainless Steel nails and deck screws. If your application requires Stainless Steel screws, be sure to contact us as well via email or telephone at Marsh Fasteners today.

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