Roofing Nails

The Third Estimate

Apr 23, 2022

Roofing nails: Let's get to the point.

Nails play a major role in a roofing installation project. Nails are used to fasten the shingles on your roof to the wooden surface. They are also used to install the roofing felt that waterproofs your roof, or to attach sheet metal and roof tiles if you go that route. Depending on the purpose, there are different sizes and types of nails available. To make your life easy, we thought we'd share some basic info about the different types of roofing nails.

  • Aluminum nails

Aluminum nails are quite common when it comes to roofing projects. In most instances, it's possible to use aluminum nails along with asphalt shingles or metal shingles. Although, they've received a bad reputation for being flimsy and less durable, you'll find that aluminum nails are anything but weak. Today's nails are hardened and comparable in strength to steel nails.


You can consider aluminum nails as a budget-friendly option available to consider. If you're considering a roofing job, aluminum nails are perfectly appropriate for day-to-day use and will secure your shingles just fine.

  • Galvanized nails

Galvanized nails are a type of steel nail used in the roofing trade. The only difference between galvanized nails and zinc nails is that the galvanized nails come along with a zinc layer. You will often be able to see how roofing contractors use galvanized nails along with asphalt shingles. One of the best features of galvanized nails is that they resist rust quite efficiently. They are also less likely to crack and shrink. Affordability and versatility are two other factors behind the popularity of galvanized nails.

  • Stainless steel nails

If you are living near the coast, you should consider using stainless steel nails for your roof. That's because these nails offer excellent rust-resistant properties. Stainless steel nails will effectively withstand salty sea air. However, stainless steel nails are not the cheapest. The amount you spend to purchase stainless steel nails may be worth the extra cost, though, when you consider their durability over time.

Final thoughts

Now you are aware of the different types of roofing nails that you can purchase and their various features and benefits. Your roofing contractor should analyze your roof, the location of your home, and your budget in order to recommend the best type of roofing nails for the job.

 

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