Are nails made of iron?


Published on:

2024-03-20

Construction nails are primarily made from iron. Advantages of iron nails include high hardness and strong load-bearing capacity, allowing them to support heavy objects and architectural structures. While iron is prone to chemical reactions with water and oxygen in the air, leading to rust, this can be effectively prevented by adding a layer of zinc coating to the surface of the nails. This is why iron nails remain the most commonly used fasteners in construction projects.

Are nails made of iron?

We all know that when it comes to repairing furniture or building houses, one important material is the iron nails. As the name suggests, the iron nails meaning is common building nails made from iron. But, are all construction nails made of iron? Why do people choose to use iron for nails? Let us unravel the mysteries behind iron nails.


I. Introduction

II. Why are wood nails made of iron?

III. Manufacturing process of iron nails making

IV. Conclusion


I. Introduction

►What are iron nails made of?

What are iron nails?Iron nails are a type of fastner made from iron nail wire(Q195/Q235), which made of (SAE1008) wire rod known for its strength and durability. Iron building nails are commonly used in various construction and carpentry applications where a strong and reliable hold is required.

►What is an iron nail?

The iron nails have smooth shank,sharp diamond point and round or flat head.(Finishing nails have not round or flat head.)

The iron wood nails mainly used for building construction,packing,wooden furniture and woodworking,etc.

Different types of iron nails(depending on the specific applications and use cases, iron nails including:common nails,u nails,duplex nails,finishing nails,umbrella roofing nails,clout nails,IBR nails,coil nails,etc) come in various specific sizes.

The following table presents the basic sizes about iron nails.

INCH(length of iron nails)

MM(length of iron nails)

BWG/Gauge(wire diameter of iron nails)

1/2"

12.7

20/19/18

3/4"

19

19/18/17

1"

25.4

17/16/15/14

1 1/4''

31.7

16/15/14

1 1/2''

38

15/14/16

1 3/4"

44.4

14/13

2''

50.8

14/13/12/11/10

2 1/2''

63.5

13/12/11/10

3"

76.2

12/11/10/9/8

3 1/2''

88.9

11/10/9/8

4''

101.6

9/8

4 1/2''

114.3

8/7

5''

127

7/6

6''

152.4

6/5

7''

177.8

5/4


II. Why are wood nails made of iron?  

►Iron is a metal that is very abundant in the Earth's crust, offering a low-cost and easily mined material. Additionally, iron is strong yet malleable, with a high yield strength, which provides the physical and chemical properties that make nails made of iron particularly well-suited for use in the construction industry. Here are six key advantages of iron nails:

Affordability: Due to the abundance of iron in the Earth's crust, it is a cost-effective material for manufacturing nails, making iron nails an economical choice for construction projects.

Strength and Reliability: Iron nails are known for the strength, which is important for holding heavy materials and ensuring structural integrity in buildings.

Durability: The durability of iron nails means they can withstand harsh environmental conditions, ensuring long-lasting performance even in outdoor applications.

Workability: Iron can be easily worked and formed into iron nails of various sizes and shapes, providing versatility for different construction needs.

Hardness: The high hardness of iron nail, allowing them to resist deformation under load, which is critical for maintaining fastening integrity.

High Melting Point: Iron nails have a high melting point, reaching up to 1538°C. Even in situations such as a fire, due to the melting point of iron nail,these iron nails can continue to securely hold materials together.


III. Manufacturing process of iron nails making

Iron is an element, and nails made of iron are not compounds, but mixtures. These iron nails contain not only iron, but also elements like copper and zinc. So, do you know how to produce high-quality iron nails suitable for construction?

After the high quality wire rod(SAE1008) is cleaned with an acidic solution, the wire rod drawn through a machine into different sizes of iron nail wire. The nail-making machine can then transform this iron nail wire into iron nails of different sizes and shapes.Such as u shaped nails,umbrella roofing nails,etc.


IV. Conclusion   

Building nails are usually made from iron nail wire, known for the hardness, high load-bearing capacity, and durability. Due to the strength and hardness,the iron nails are widely used for construction and woodworking projects.People use iron nails not just for building houses and securing materials, but also for repairing furniture and more. So, how can you buy suitable iron nails for your tasks? SUNSHINE Group with over twenty years of experience manufacturing iron nails and a commitment to using high-quality raw materials(Q195/Q235 iron nail wire), offers a wide variety of sizes and types of iron nails. If you're unsure of how to select the most suitable iron nails, please feel free to contact us.

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