|Stainless steel collated nails and staples are recommended when used in highly corrosive environments. |
Highly corrosive environments could include nailing or stapling into (Alkaline Copper Quaternary) ACQ treated lumber, building in areas where the air contains salt and humidity, and also if your projects are near any large bodies of water.
Stainless nails are available in the standard 304 grade for most applications and the higher 316 grade for more extreme environments. Also for better holding power most of our stainless steel products are available with an annular ring shank. This enables the nail to "bite down" on the surrounding material. The wood fibers actually fill in the ringed grooves of the nail shank, dramatically increasing its holding power and greatly reducing the chance of your nails backing out over time.
Most stainless steel nails are available in bulk hand drive and collated. Collated is when the nails are attached together with plastic, wire, or paper to form a strip or coil. You will want to order collated nails if you plan on using a pneumatic nail gun. We have collated nails as well as collated staples available for convenient purchasing right here at FastenerUSA.com.
However stainless steel nails are not just recommended solely for extreme environments. Stainless steel is an option you should consider if youre framing, roofing, fencing, siding, or have some other exterior application. The cost of stainless steel is greater when compared to hot dip galvanized or even electro galvanized nails, but its worth it! Most people don't like a rusty nail unless it's in a shot glass. If youre concerned about your nails streaking or rusting, choose stainless steel!