To the untrained eye, all nails look the same, yet when we look deeper it becomes quickly apparent that they are in fact very different indeed. This is something which we are going to take a look into today, and in particular we are going to take a look at the very commonly used stainless steel brad nails, which are heavily used throughout the home and on a wide number of DIY projects. These are nails which offer features that others do not, and here are the benefits of using these particular nails.

The Benefits of Being Thin

Brad nails are usually made of 18-gauge steel wire and in the world of nails, the higher the gauge, the thinner the nail is. The reason why a thin nails works so well with a wide number of projects in the home is that it is the perfect option to be used on low grade wood. When using nails on this type of wood, thin or with low density, the key is to avoid splitting or breaking the wood when the nail goes in. This is why a brad nail is ideal because it can be hammered in without breaking the wood around it.


When you use something like a finish nail, which has a much larger diameter, one has to add something on top in order to cover up the look of the nail on the finished piece. With brad nails however they have a very small diameter and that means that they are almost sightless once they are in the wood. This is again why so many look to use them for items and projects in the home and there is no need for filler in order to conceal the entry point of the nail.

Wider Range

If we look at the comparison between brad nails and finish nails we can easily see that there are many more uses for the brad nails than any other. This ability to be multi-functional is exactly why each home and each DIY expert has cases and cases of these nails, because there is very little that you can’t use them for. Whether it is looking to patch something up or looking for nails for an entire project, these are the nails that will ensure that no matter what the project is, they can provide the perfect option.

These nails can be used on their own or they can be bought on a coil which can then be used in a nail gun, showcasing once again the flexibility which they are able to offer. The nails can easily be pulled out if they have been misplaced and then be placed again, without causing too much by way of markings or damage. Ultimately these are very much the most commonly used nails and they are an essential part of any toolkit, always ready to be used on whatever job you happen to have.