The Pros And Cons Of Coil Nails For Fencing

Jun 8, 2023 | NEWS

If you’re planning a new fence for your property, you have many decisions to make about materials and construction methods. One choice you’ll face is whether to use coil nails or stick nails to fasten the fence boards and posts together.

Coil Nails For Fencing Offer Several Advantages:

• Fast installation. Coil nails are fed from a magazine into a pneumatic nail gun. This allows you to nail fence boards much faster than by hand. Time savings can be significant for larger fence projects.
• Consistent nailing. The coil nail gun ensures consistent nail placement with every trigger pull, giving your fence a uniform,professional look.
• Reduced hand strain. Nail guns remove the need to repeatedly hammer nails by hand. This can reduce strain on your wrist, fingers and arm.

However, Coil Nails Also Have Some Drawbacks Compared To Stick Nails For Wood Fences:

• Higher upfront cost. The coil nail gun itself costs a few hundred dollars. Stick nails require only a hammer.
• Increased risk of nail damage. Coil nails can be damaged or misfired from the gun, causing install problems. Stick nails are simple and reliable.
• Risk of over-nailing. It’s easy to “overdo it” with a fast nail gun and use more nails than needed. This wastes nails and slows down your fence.

In Summary Of Fastening Fence Boards And Posts

Overall, for fastening fence boards and posts, either coil nails or stick nails will work well if installed correctly. But coil nails can speed up the job significantly for fences with many boards. Just factor in the full costs and potential risks to see if coil nail guns make sense for your specific project.

With any fencing system you choose, using high quality, galvanized or stainless steel nails will help ensure your fence stands the test of time. I hope this overview helps you weigh the pros and cons as you decide on the best fasteners for coil fencing! Let me know if you have any other questions.