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What Are The Best Nails And Screws For Outdoor Use?

September 30th, 2013

When it comes to working on an outdoor project it is important to use the right type of nails and screws for the job. Inappropriately selected fixings may rust and corrode when exposed to rain. This can result in breakages and unwanted problems. Because of this reason, it is crucial to use outdoor screws or nails that won’t be affected by environmental conditions.

Here is a list of the best nails and screws for outdoor use, their properties and their best applications.

Galvanised Nails And Screws

Galvanised nails and screws are some of the best fixings you can find for outdoor projects.

Galvanised screws and nails have a zinc coating meaning that they have undergone a galvanisation process. This process means the nails have a protective barrier which makes them resistant to rust and corrosion. Such properties make galvanised screws and nails perfect for outdoor use. They are often used by homeowners and builders alike in locations that could be damp.

Projects such as roofing, fencing and decking are all perfect applications for using galvanised nails. These fixings won’t rust when it rains, a test they stand up to on a weekly basis in the UK.

The zinc coating on galvanised screws and nails treated in this way acts as a sacrificial anode, and will decay before the metal inside. However, galvanised nails created through electroplating (these are often bright and shiny) are not a good choice when used with certain redwoods or treated lumbers as they will leave black streaks around the nail. Mechanically galvanised nails should be used with these wood types, but both will still offer the same weather protection.

Stainless Steel Nails And Screws

Stainless steel screws are another great option when it comes to outdoors screws and nails, as well as stainless steel nails. Both have properties that make them weather resistant, and are especially hardy against rain. Our A2/304 grade stainless steel screws are recommended for use in timber cladding and decking applications. This makes them a versatile choice when it comes to outdoor screws and nails.

Decking And Landscape Screws

Landscape and decking screws are some of the best screws for outdoor use. Both options offer impressive corrosion resistance. These outdoor screws are widely used for decking, fencing, and other landscaping applications. They are the best outdoor screws option for fixing sleepers, building gazebos, outdoor staircases, sheds, and any other outdoor timber constructions that are repeatedly exposed to rain and adverse weather conditions.

At Tradefix Direct, we stock a fantastic range of landscape and decking screws. Some of the best outdoor screw options we offer include:

Timberfix Landscape Screws - Heavy duty decking screws ideal for framing and posts. Can replace Coach Bolts and Coach Screws in hard to get to places.

Brown Decking Screws - Countersunk head with new XR2 recess takes both pozi & square drive
Natural brown ACQ resistant coating.

Other Outdoor Nail And Screw Options

Black Outdoor Screws

Black round head and countersunk screws are ideal for black gate furniture and ironmongery. 

Copper Nails

Copper nails are outdoor nails used mostly in roofing applications. Full range of sizes and quantities stocked at all times, including Copper Disk Rivets and Copper Slate Straps

Buy The Best Outdoor Screws at Traredix Direct

All of these products, plus hundreds more, can be found on our website. Our range of outdoor nails and screws for landscaping and decking are some of the largest available online. Whether you’re looking for stainless steel screws or galvanised nails you are sure to find the right option with us.

We stock some of the best screws for outdoor use from trade trusted and recognised brands such as Timco, Spax, Timberfix, and many more. Shop outdoor nails and screws with us today and get free delivery on orders over £60.

Not sure which screws are right for your project? Then call Tradefix Direct now on 0161 794 1783 and we’ll recommend the best outdoor screws for your application.