All About Framing Nails

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Selecting the right collated framing nails for the pneumatic nail gun you own can be confusing. EZ Fit can help take the confusion out of the selection process.  It starts by remembering these three words – Paper, Plastic and Wire. These words refer to the material used by manufacturers to hold the nail strips together (collate).  For the most part, and with few exceptions, all paper collated nails will fit the same tools; all plastic collated nails will fit the same tools and all wire collated nails will do the same.

When framing, using the right type of framing nails is just as important as choosing the right type of wood. As any contractor knows, you can’t simply pick the cheapest wood and starting piecing it together. It requires a knowledge of what works best, what can weather the environmental conditions, what will stand the test of time, and so on and so forth. There are tons of factors that go into choosing the right materials for the job. As with the wood, knowing what sort of framing fastener works best will improve the quality of your project as well as how well your frame stays standing.

EZ Fit helps you determine what type of fastener you need to start framing. With our extensive offering of options, it can sometimes be hard to figure out what type will work best for you. Fortunately, EZ Fit has a guide to help you decide. Our gun-fed framing nails come in angles ranging from 20° to 30°.  We offer nails that are collated differently to adhere to your individual needs: paper, plastic, and wire welded.

Paper Collated

The same is true of Plastic collated strips. Manufacturers may identify their plastic strips as 20°, 21° or 22°. Like paper strip nails the actual angle of collation makes no difference as it relates to performance in your gun. The same applies to wire collated nails, which are made at a 28° angle. Depending on what region of the country you are in, you may see some 28° paper nails but the majority of all paper tape nails are within the 30-34° range. Over time, fastener manufacturers have specified a “degree” to their nail strips. Paper collated nails are typically 30° or 34° which can be confusing if you are trying to select the right fastener for your tool. However, any strip that is within 4° will fit into the same gun(s). Paper collated framing nails typically run the most expensive, but are the best overall performers. When a nail gun fires, it tears bits and pieces of the collating material from the row of nails. In this case, it is tearing away tiny pieces of paper. Conveniently enough, considering it is paper and not plastic or metal, it results in less mess on the job site. Biodegradable paper means that the small pieces left behind will not harm the jobsite. In addition, the head of the nail will push the down entirely into the wood. This allows proper setting without any additional work and leaves a clean, smooth finish where the nail is.

Wire-weld Collated

Alternatively, you can use wire-weld collated framing nails. A piece of wire weld has been tacked to each row of these nails, making them extremely durable. They do a great job when framing outside and can withstand the ruggedness of a typical jobsite. Additionally, these sleeves generally come with more nails per sleeve, meaning less reloads of the gun.

Plastic Collated

The last type of framing nails is plastic collated. These nails are generally the least expensive and fairly durable. They can withstand water damage and are both heat and cold durable making them great for outdoor usage. Plastic collates jam less and aren’t dangerous when expelled from the gun.

High-quality EZ Fit framing nails are designed to work through all major brands of nailers – Max, SENCO, Paslode,  Duo-Fast, Hitachi, Bostitch and more. Manufactured in North America, EZ Fit framing nails are available in Paper, Plastic and Wire collated styles and in the lengths contractors require. They are ideal for all your jobsite applications – framing, wall and roof sheathing, decks. Available in Bright and HD Galvanized, EZ Fit fasteners meet or exceed local building codes. No matter what type of framing nail you wind up using, let EZ Fit help match you with what is the right style of framing nail for your job. For more information contact us or check out our easy-to-read fastener guide complete sizes and styles of each of our framing nails.

Fasteners for Roofing

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We’re putting these together so that you, our customers, can have a better idea of recognizing both proper and improper conditions and techniques for using fasteners in roof repair and construction. This can include residential roofs, inspecting steep-slopes, framing, attics, and more, all of which are incredibly dependent on using the correct kind of fastener for the job. If the incorrect roof fasteners are used, the material can be susceptible to weather conditions like rain, hail, and wind which can cause serious problems for homeowners. ALWAYS use the correct fasteners for the job.

Let’s start with the reason for fasteners – holding the shingles on the roof. An effective fastener will be able to check off a couple boxes in regards to the quality of hold on the shingles – the type, the installation, location, and holding power of the fastener itself. These things are the made hallmarks of the correct fastener for the job.


Type of Fastener for Roof/Shingle Repair

The fastener type that you use in your renovation project makes a huge difference in your shingles ability to stand up (or lay down) against strong wind and other environmental factors. With this in mind, you know that you’re going to need specific roofing staples or nails – something with wide enough head or crown to actually hold the shingle in place. The main problem with staples is that they aren’t allowed by the IRC in new construction, and though they are effective and cost-efficient for repair, they don’t hold up well as fasteners against strong winds in particular. So, if you live in a particularly windy area, we’d not recommend staples for your roof repair. Furthermore, most shingles that come with warranties aren’t upheld if staples are used – they’ll void the shingle warranty. Just because staples may be easier for you to install doesn’t mean they’re a common long term solution.

However, should you desire to use staples, you’ll notice how straightforward and direct the installation process is. Once you’re able to correctly orient the staple crown, you only need to hold it steady and align the staples with the long side of the shingle. You can use a staple gun, but be sure not to rotate your position of the staple and get a puncture that’s not flush with that axis.



Getting the staples installed as perfectly as possible is the best way to prevent that uprooting of the wind for your shingles. The correct orientation gives the staple crown the most amount of surface area to hold the shingle in place against the weather. If they’re done correct, you can reasonable expect your shingles to withstand 60 mph winds – no light breeze. You can always hand-seal the shingles afterward as well since your average adhesive bond or strip might night sit properly.



Roofing nails are the most effective method of fastening your shingles to your roof. The nail head and precise installation features make nails much more likely to correctly orient themselves for the shingle. However, you can expect to use more nails than staples, so if cost is a motivating factor, you may want to explore the staples route.

Be sure to select a nail that is at least a 3/8″ nail head and can resist corrosion like a copper or galvanized nail. These nails will be exposed to the elements, so be sure to select a fastener that can withstand the test of time. You don’t want to have to rip off all your shingles and re-fasten everything in a few years. Plan on doing it once the right way, and not having to think about it again.


Most shingle manufactures will give a recommendation for nail length and head size, so be sure to explore the resources that your shingle provider has available to you when selecting your fasteners!

Wholesale Fasteners – Nails

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Nails are one of the most basic and common forms of fasteners for almost every job out there. Whether you’re working with flooring, framing, roofing, or anything other part of your typical build, nails (or pins) will be the primary method you use to fasten anything together. There have been wooden nails, zinc pins, steel nails, and more, all for the same purpose of connecting something to wood. In the past 20 years, construction screws and a number of alternative fastening methods have emerged. However, nails are still the primary method for fastening your projects together.

Picking the correct nail for a given project can make all the difference for both fastening power and cosmetic appearance. If you’re simply looking for the best way to hold one board to another, the standard, common nail gives you what you’re looking for. One of the most simplistic principles is applied to nails – pressure. Nails work by pushing through the wood itself – the fibers and grains, and as a nail is moved, the wood squeezes against the nail, locking it in place. You can observe a similar principle by interlacing pages of a phone book together with another phone book, and trying to pull the two apart. This static energy is very powerful.

The main culprit of ineffective nail use is typically the wood itself used for the nails. Each different kind of wood has a different holding power on a nail. Most hardwoods, especially the higher-end pieces, tend to do poorly with nails as the wood often splits under the pressure.

Here are some tips on which nail is best for your job from “on the house.”

  1. Choosing the right nail for the job can make a big difference in hold power and appearance. Common practice calls for driving the nail through the thinner board into the thicker board. For maximum holding power, the length of the nail should be such that it passes almost, but not quite, through the thicker board. Thus, to fasten a 7/8-inch board to a 2 5/8-inch board, a 12-penny (12d) nail, that is 3 inches long, would be ideal.
  2. When there is no need to conceal the nail head, or when maximum holding power is required, common nails are the best choice. They have flat, medium diameter heads. When the nail is temporary and will be pulled out again, as with form work, a double-headed or duplex nail is the best choice.
  3. For finish work, when the nail head is to be recessed below the surface of the material and concealed with putty, a finish nail is the way to go. It has a small head that contains a dimple which readily accepts the point of a nailset.
  4. Long, small gauge collated nails make assembling cabinets easy and reduce the need for individually nailing when setting base trim and crown molding. Shot from a nail gun, these nails have a T-shaped head which securely holds the boards or veneer in place, but has a low enough profile as to not draw attention to them.
  5. Ordinary nails are made of steel, and thus will rust. To keep them from rusting, many types of nails are treated beforehand by applying a zinc coating. While zinc itself does not rust, zinc-coated nails sometimes do because the zinc often gets knocked off by the hammer, and the exposed iron thus can rust a bit. Consequently, a checkered head nail should be used. It holds extra zinc or paint so that hammering won’t chip off the protective coating. An alternative is aluminum nails. They cost more, but don’t rust.

EZ-Fit Fasteners Cross Reference Guide Helps with Your Project

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Using the correct type and size of fastener is essential for completing your project successfully and on time. Different fasteners have different uses and different sizes work best for different structures and materials. Make sure you are using the right fastener for the job with the easy-to-follow EZ-Fit Fastener Cross Reference Guide.

Finding Your Fastener

Construction products are hard enough as it is. Drawing out plans, gathering materials, building foundations – all require large amounts of time and a lot of concentration. The last thing anyone wants as the start to get into the swing of things is to find out that the length of the staples they just bought is not the right size for the staple gun they’re using. Then, you have to drop everything you’re doing to make your way to the nearest hardware store or lumber yard, costing valuable work time and getting you nowhere. With the EZ-Fit Fastener Cross Reference Guide, you can eliminate this problem at the source. Don’t risk buying the wrong type or length fastener for your job; just check the guide.

The chart is very easy to follow. Headings dictate the type and gauge of the fasteners in the list that follows. Start by identifying what sort of fastener you are using for your project. Directly following this is the chart of all related staples_framingproducts. On the left hand side, a column provides the number for the EZ-Fit fastener. The column immediately to the right of this shows a brief description of the product, outlining the type and length of the fastener. The additional columns then provide brands of tools with a corresponding item number for which EZ-Fit fastener fits with each tool. It’s that easy. Simply find your desired need by either matching your tool serial number to the fastener required or vice-versa.

Don’t let something as needless as the wrong size fastener put the brakes on your project. Take the time to plan out your material list and gather all required nails, screws, and staples before you start working. Time is money, and the last thing you need is for something to slow your project down when it can be so easily avoided.  For help choosing which fastener is right for you, check out the EZ-Fit Fastener Cross-Reference Guide, which can be viewed and downloaded here.