There are a huge amount of nail types, so it’s understandably difficult to always know which one is right for each job. We’ve created a guide to understanding which hammer-driven nail to use for which project.

Round Wire Nails

These are your most common nail with a pointed end and flat head. Used a lot in general carpentry and comes in a huge range of sizes and shapes. The can be plain steel or galvanized and are relatively easy to be pulled out with a hammer.

Oval Nails

So called for their oval shape, they are used towards the end of timber that is being jointed and the shape should run parallel with the wood grain. The slimmer body applies less pressure on the wood fibres therefore reducing chance of splitting.

Lost Head Nails

As the name implies, these nails once punched in sit below the surface. It can create a hole which can be filled to finish off the project and look tidy. They are often used for floorboards.

Panel Pins

These look similar to the lost head nails and are used for lighter fixings. Again, can be punched in and the hole can be filled for a clean look.

Veneer Pins

An even lighter and slimmer version of the Panel Pin, these will bend easily. Very versatile and their flexibility helps to prevent splitting of hard or brittle timber.

Brass Pins

Similar to the veneer and panel pins, but to be used where staining may occur or when the head of the nail is part of the design.

Annular Ring Nails

Stainless steel annular ring shank nails are recommended for the application of roof shingles, shakes and cladding. It’s often used in softer types of wood where splitting is not an issue.

Masonry Nails

Masonry Nails are designed to be used with brick and concrete. They are built for anchoring into the mortar joints between bricks. For some projects it’s recommended to drill a pilot hole first for these hard nails.

Clout Nails

Often used for attaching sheet material to wooden frames such as roofing felt to the top of a shed. Usually made of galvanised steel.

Plasterboard Nails

Plasterboard needs a nail that can absorb any expanding and contracting movement. They are easy to secure and galvanised to stop any rusting.

We have a huge range of nails to suit all your DIY needs.