Brookline Roofing: Article About Common Roofing Fasteners and Nails

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All roof installations begin with roofing nails. Brookline roofing experts choose specially designed nails that can attach shingles, tiles and waterproofing felt to the roof's surface. Every roofing system should be matched with a nail that is suited for the job, no matter whether the nail is a different size or a different material. Generally, all roofing nails have flat and wide heads that are paired with short shanks. All roofing nails are designed for seamless insertion so as to not damage or break the shingle, and homeowners are encouraged to learn more about these fasteners in order to make more informed decisions about their rooftop.

Different nails need to be matched with the right systems, otherwise there may be chemical issues in the future. For example, aluminum nails are perfectly suited for metal roofing systems. However, they do not work well when exposed to salt, such as sea spray, or cleaning chemicals. In coastal locales, stainless steel would be a better choice for metal roofing systems, in addition to wood, clay and even slate shingles. On the other hand, copper roofing nails may work well with almost any other roofing material or system, but they can oxidize and turn green over time. Galvanized steel roofing nails are an option as well, and they are coated with zinc to help them resist rust when used with asphalt shingles.

The expert roofers from Capital Construction of Brookline MA would be happy to answer any question you have about plaster and painting or masonry.

After selecting the proper material for the installation or repair work, the next step is to consider size. Generally speaking, roofing nails are offered in standardized lengths between 1 and 2 inches. Some specialized nails may be found that are upwards of 6 inches long. The total length needed will usually depend on the roofing material. In general, 1 inch nails are suited for asphalt and similar materials, while longer nails may be better for more specialized installation.

Nails may also be divided according to their construction. Ring shank nails sport a larger nail head, and they are normally made from galvanized steel. These nails are better suited for areas that have frequent and strong winds. Screw shank nails are another variety, and they are twisted around the shank, much like a screw. They have extremely sharp diamond coated tips and are designed to be paired with wooden roofing systems, such as cedar. Finally, homeowners may choose standard smooth shank nails, which are the cheapest and most versatile style. However, they are not the strongest or most specialized variety, which means that homeowners will need other nails for more intensive installations.

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