One of the most common questions I have been asked over the years is “Should I use nails or screws?” Nails and screws are the most common fasteners which are most commonly used for wood-based construction and general wood working projects. Most people are confused, which is better for joining materials together, nails or screws?
When selecting fasteners, you need to consider the nature of the job and the materials that are involved. Generally, nails are more popular among carpenters because they are easy to work with and can be rapidly shot from a nail gun. However, when strength is more concern, you need to use screws. This blog will discuss some of the differences between nails and screws.
Nails consist of 3 parts; head, shank and point.
Screws consist of 3 parts; head, threads, pitch
From the above comparison on nails vs screws, we can conclude that though nails and screws, both are used for same purpose, screws have more holding strength than nails and hence are always a better option. However, speed and cost also must be considered.
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