Although masonry nails might not be as familiar, they come in a variety and are available in our store. Our Forgefix Don Quichotte Medium Gauge Masonry Nails have an exceptionally sharp point for quicker application, plus a zinc galvanised finish for longer-lasting strength.
For an extra touch, the Timco Masonry Washered Nails have the same driving power and zinc-coated shaft, but also have a washer to spread driving pressure. Browse through our range of Masonry nails, and select the right one based on your requirement.
Back in the olden days, masons worked with bricks and other such building materials. It makes sense then that the nails they used were masonry nails—probably the toughest, most robust nails in the market. Masonry nails don't drive into wood or other softer building materials. Driving a masonry nail into brick or concrete may require a special hammer, not to mention a lot more force.
In order to drive into bricks, masonry nails come from specially hardened steel and are tapered all across the shank. They need to go at least ¾" into the surface for a stable hold.
Masonry nails must not be confused with concrete nails, which have fluted shafts that sink better into the concrete. While masonry nails are less expensive than concrete nails, they also don't bend or break as easily.
However, masonry nails should not be nailed directly into brick. Instead, you push them into the masonry joints between the bricks. Hammering directly into brick may cause the brick to crack or break altogether.
Most experts recommend using a hammer drill to make holes in brick or concrete. You can purchase special masonry drill bits for a more straightforward application.