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When should you use galvanised screws and other outdoor screws?

September 30th, 2013

Galvanised screws and nails are zinc coated nails that 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 nails perfect for outdoors projects, and 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 as they wont rust when it rains (a test they stand up to on a weekly basis in the UK).

The zinc coating on 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 decking screws are another great option when it comes to outdoors screws and nails, as well as stainless steel screws. Both have properties that make them weather resistant, and are especially hardy against rain.

Here is a list of great outdoors nails and screws, their properties and best applications:

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

Outdoor Stainless Steel Screws - Our A2 304 grade screws are recommend for use in timber cladding and decking applications, making them a versatile choice when using nails outdoors.

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

All of these products, plus hundreds more, can be found on our website, www.TradefixDirect.com