Fasteners have undergone a major evolution over the last few decades, meaning there are now a wide range of options with various features and designs. Not only do these new advancements offer superior performance, but many can increase productivity for a builder’s crew by allowing for easier, more consistent drives and therefore requiring less hammering.
However, not all building and remodeling professionals are aware of these advancements and they may be choosing the wrong nail for the job, costing them money and time in the process. By learning about the innovations and attributes of each nail type, builders can easily select the right nails for each job to ensure superior performance and durability.
With the introduction of new and varied building materials over recent years, fasteners have evolved to deliver the performance needed for each unique building product that enters the marketplace. For example, engineered lumber nails have been specifically developed to offer superior drive performance in laminated veneer lumber, laminated strand lumber and parallel strand lumber.
By eliminating standing and bent nails in LVL, LSL and PSL, these fasteners save labor time and reduce waste for maximum productivity and profitability. By choosing nails that deliver superior performance with the materials you’re working with, crews can run at lower compressor pressure, saving fuel and reducing wear and tear on equipment.
Leading manufacturers also continue to introduce advancements that solve common issues with various fastener types. One example is with hot dipped galvanized nails. While many traditional hot dipped galvanized nails tend to stain and streak wood, top manufacturers have introduced new designs and head tip coatings that reduce the likelihood of unsightly streaking, staining and nail discoloration.
Another recent innovation is the offering of fuel and nail combination packs for cordless nailing systems. These combo packs, which come with the appropriate balance of nails and the fuel needed to drive them, add efficiency and productivity to the jobsite. This systems approach is a convenient option since remodelers buy only what they need for each job and never run short on supplies.
As fasteners continue to evolve, industry professionals can expect the ongoing introduction of new advancements that help to increase productivity, performance and profitability.