What Kinds of Nails Are for Wood Siding?

Using the proper nails on a wood siding project not only makes the application go more efficiently but also provides a more durable and better looking project. Along with the right nails, work carefully. Hammer strikes that miss the nail and damage the wood leave unattractive marks. The proper nail of any kind should penetrate the siding and penetrate 1 1/4 inch or deeper into the wall materials of the home.

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Using the proper nails on a wood siding project not only makes the application go more efficiently but also provides a more durable and better looking project. Along with the right nails, work carefully. Hammer strikes that miss the nail and damage the wood leave unattractive marks. The proper nail of any kind should penetrate the siding and penetrate 1 1/4 inch or deeper into the wall materials of the home.

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Splitless Nails
Splitless nails are thinner than normal nails and have a dull point. These features reduce the possibility of splitting the siding when driven into the wood. The holding power of the nails is increased by the use of either ring or spiral shanks. Drill pilot holes for nails that will be placed within 1 foot of the end of the siding board.

Textured Heads
Commonly used if the siding will be sealed or stained rather than painted, the textured head does not produce a shiny spot on the siding. The textured head may be a feature in a splitless nail or part of a standard siding nail.

Stainless Steel Nails
Common steel nails will rust and may produce a stain on the siding surface. Galvanized nails eliminate rust in most circumstances but may not work well in areas with high humidity levels, such as lake or seaside homes. Stainless steel siding nails will not rust or stain the wood under even the harshest conditions.


Post time: May-06-2017
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