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What are the Different Types of Roofing Nails?

Dec 13


Roof nails are used to fasten roof shingles, and attach roofing sheets and metal to roof tiles. There are many types of roofing nails available, each made from different materials and with different sizes. All roofing nails are made with flat heads and have short shanks. For easy inserting, the tips of the nails have sharp edges to prevent damage to the wood or breaking the shingles.


Different roofing materials require different roofing nails. While aluminum nails can be used for metal roofs or shingles, they are not recommended in areas that are susceptible to chemicals and salt. Stainless steel roofing nails are best if you live near the coast. You can use stainless steel nails to fasten tiles and slate. 


Copper nails are available for standard roofing purposes. Galvanized roofing nails, which are made of steel and zinc-coated, are also known as galvanized roofing nails. They are resistant to rust and can be used for asphalt roofing shingles.


Another way to classify roofing nails is by their size. They are available in lengths up to 6 inches (15 cm) and are standard lengths between 1 and 2 inches (2,5 and 5 centimeters). The shank is the length of the nail, but it can vary. Screw shank nails have sharp, diamond tips and are used for fastening wood roofs. Ring shank nails are larger and are made from galvanized steel. They are strong and can be used to fasten shingles in strong winds. 


Smooth shank nails are the most common and cheapest roofing nails. These nails are made from aluminum, stainless steel, or copper and are not as strong. The roofing material determines the length of your shank. For asphalt or fiberglass shingles, use 1-inch (22.5 cm) nails. Wood shingles require longer nails because they are thicker.


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