Are common nails galvanized?Choose the right nails for your projects


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2024-03-14

Common iron nails are made from high-quality iron nail wire and possess excellent load-bearing capacity, making the common iron nails suitable for hanging items or securing materials to wood. However, since common iron nails can be corroded by oxygen and moisture in the air, the common iron nails are more appropriate for indoor woodworking applications. Galvanized iron nails, on the other hand, have a protective zinc coating added to the surface, providing better rust and corrosion resistance, making the galvanized iron nails ideal for outdoor construction projects.

Are common nails galvanized?Choose the right nails for your projects


Common nails are the type of fastener that widely used in the construction and carpentry projects. There are two surface treatments for common nails: polishing and galvanizing. Do you know how to choose the right common iron nail when using for your projects?

Next, SUNSHINE Group will guide you through whether you need galvanized common iron nails.


I. Common nails definition

II. Understanding Galvanization

III.Are Common Nails Galvanized?

IV. Choosing the Right Nails for Your Projects

V. Conclusion


I. Common nails definition

►What is a common nail?

The common iron nail is a type of fastener used for connecting and securing other materials(such as wood or metal) for building or woodworking projects, making its load-bearing capacity, durability, and strength extremely important.

►What are common nails made of?

The common iron nails usually made of high quality low carbon steel nail wire(Q195/Q235).

The common iron nails size is:length:1/2"-10",BWG4-20 for all kinds of round nails.


II. Understanding Galvanization

►Explanation of galvanization process

There are two common surface treatment methods for common mild steel nails. One is called polishing, which involves using a polishing machine to smooth and brighten the surface of the common nail . The other surface manufacturing process is called galvanizing, which adds a protective layer of zinc to the surface of the common iron nail through electro-galvanizing or hot-dip galvanizing. This protects the common iron nails from moisture and oxygen in the air, thereby providing better rust and corrosion resistance.

►Electro galvanization and hot dipped galvanization manufacturing process

Electro-galvanization  manufacturing process involves immersing the common iron nails into an electrolyte solution containing zinc ions and passing an electric current through the solution to deposit zinc onto the common iron nail's surface. Electro-galvanized common iron nails, usually have the smooth and bright appearance. The zinc coating is evenly distributed and thin, containing approximately 15-20g of zinc per square meter.

Hot dipped galvanization manufacturing process requires dipping the common iron nails into a bath of molten zinc at high temperatures, allowing the zinc to alloy with the common iron nail's surface and form a protective coating.Hot-dip galvanized common iron nails usually have a rougher surface than electro-galvanized common iron nails, but the hot-dipped galvanized iron nails feature a thicker zinc coating of up to 50-60g/㎡, resulting in superior rust and corrosion resistance.


III.Are Common Nails Galvanized?

What is the difference between a galvanized nail and a regular nail?

Both common iron nails and galvanized iron nails are made from high-quality iron nail wire9Q195/Q235), featuring the smooth shank and sharp diamond point, making the iron nails easy to drive into materials like wood. However, galvanized common iron nails offer some advantages that common iron nails do not have. For example:

Corrosion Resistance: The primary benefit of galvanized iron nails is the excellent resistance to corrosion. The zinc coating acts as a protective barrier, makes galvanized iron nails ideal for outdoor applications or environments with high humidity or exposure to saltwater.

Longevity: Galvanized iron nails have a longer service life compared to untreated common iron nails. The durable zinc coating provides extended protection against rust and corrosion, ensuring that the galvanized iron nails remain intact and functional for an extended period.

Enhanced Durability: The zinc coating adds an extra layer of protection that enhances the overall durability of the galvanized iron nail, allowing galvanized iron nails to withstand various environmental factors better.

Do common nails rust? The answer is "yes!"

The anti-rust and anti-cprrosion properties of galvanized iron nails can make up for the shortcomings pf iron nails when used outdoors.

However, galvanized iron nails also have some disadvantages, that is, the surface of hot-dip galvanized iron nails is rough, and it requires greater strength when nailing into wood and other materials, which is easy to crack and damage the wood surface.

So, how should you choose the right nail for your construction or woodworking tasks?


IV. Choosing the Right Nails for Your Projects

Galvanized Iron Nails:

Outdoor Projects: Galvanized iron nails are ideal for outdoor projects or applications exposed to moisture, rain, or humidity. The zinc coating on galvanized nails provides excellent corrosion resistance, preventing rust and deterioration even in harsh weather conditions.Such as roofing projects.

Pressure-Treated Wood: When working with pressure-treated lumber, which contains chemicals that can accelerate corrosion, galvanized nails are recommended to ensure long-term durability.However, it should be noted that cedar, mahogany can not use galvanized iron nails, will accelerate rust, you can use stainless steel nails.

Coastal Areas: In coastal regions where saltwater exposure is prevalent, galvanized iron nails are suitable to withstand the corrosive effects of salt air and water.

Long-Term Projects: For projects intended to last a long time without the need for frequent maintenance or replacement, galvanized iron nails offer superior longevity and reliability.

Common Iron Nails:

Indoor Projects: Common iron nails can be used for indoor projects or applications where they are not exposed to moisture or harsh environmental conditions. In dry indoor environments, the risk of corrosion is minimal, making galvanized nails unnecessary.

Temporary Installations: For temporary installations or projects where longevity is not a concern, common iron nails may suffice. The common iron nails are typically more economical than galvanized iron nails and can be suitable for short-term projects or temporary structures.

Hanging: When it is necessary to make a suspension device with iron nails, the load-bearing force of common iron nails is sufficient.

 


V. Conclusion

Galvanized iron nails are more expensive than common iron nails, but the galvanized iron nails have better rust and corrosion resistance, making the galvanized iron nails more suitable for outdoor use to cope with changing environmental conditions. You can choose the right nails according to the needs of your project.

SUNSHINE Group not only provides high-quality iron nails, but also offers galvanized iron nails in various sizes to meet your diverse needs. If you have any questions about iron nails, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

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