Types of Flooring Nails


When doing any sort of construction, especially construction that deals with wood and different kinds of materials being attached to wood, having the right tools makes a difference. When attempting to undertake construction projects, the nails being used are often overlooked. Using the correct type of flooring nails will not only ensure that your floors stay durable and last for a long time, but will also help to enhance their look.

Ring Shank Wood Flooring Nails

  • Ring shank wood flooring nails are most often used in the wood strips underneath carpeting. These strips run along the edges of a room and are used to hold the carpet in place. Ring shank wood flooring nails can also be used to reinforce areas made of wood, including sub floors. These nails are identifiable by their flat heads and many small rings around the shaft of the nail.

Drive Screw Wood Flooring Nails

  • Drive screw wood flooring nails are usually used to hold other objects into wood floors. These long nails with a very subtle spiral in them usually hold metal trimming or molding into wood. Their dome shaped, finished nail heads allow them to be exposed but still fit in with the décor.

Finish Wood Flooring Nails

  • Finish wood flooring nails are thin, straight nails that have a small round head. These nails are designed to be used with wood molding or trimming. Their small shape allows them to be nailed into moldings and painted over, thus concealing them. They are also designed to be very strong, making them usable with almost any type of wood.

Lath Nails

  • Lath nails are nails used for any general use in most construction projects. These nails are standard looking, with a long smooth shaft and a flat head, and can be used for a number of purposes. These nails most often come with no finish, partly due to their very low cost, and thus are susceptible to rust or other types of corrosion.

Plasterboard Nails

  • Plasterboard nails are used to attach plasterboard to wood, usually studs in a wall. These nails are designed to drive into hard wood but have large flat heads to avoid damaging soft plaster. They are also usually coated to avoid rust or other types of corrosion.


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