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The fasteners that secure a roof's components to the decking serve to protect the layers from wind or water damage and keep the building's interior safe. The fasteners may be nails, screws, staples or plates. Sometimes, they are hidden; other times they are exposed. With the wide variety of roofing materials on the market, the available fasteners must be diverse. The most popular choice in attachments is nails. They hold the roofing elements together with a stronger bond than staples and work well on every surface type. Whether they are attaching felt underlayment, metal panels, shingles, tile, or flashing, roofing nails are vital to the functionality of the system. For guidance regarding the best fasteners to use for a particular roofing project, residents can contact one of the professional Somerset County roofers.

A customer can benefit from knowing what size and type of nails to purchase. Manufacturers make them from different materials and in diverse shapes. For roofing, each nail must have a flat, wide head with a short shank. If the tip is not sharp enough, it can break the roofing materials. The length of the shank is generally between one and two inches. When a longer nail is necessary, however, it can be found in measures up to six inches. Asphalt shingles require short fasteners, while wood products are thicker and must be attached to the sheathing with longer shanks.

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Aluminum nails are commonly used for shingles and metal rooftops as long as the property is not located near the ocean. In some industrial settings, the chemicals that are produced can also damage the aluminum. Stainless steel is the best option for nails that will be exposed to salt. When the installation involves slate or tile, the roofer has a choice between stainless steel and copper. Some roofing nails are galvanized, so that they can resist rust effectively. Copper nails should always be utilized for a copper roof.

The shank of each nail is either smooth or twisted. The screw shank is coupled with a sharp diamond tip used to penetrate wood shingles and shakes, so that they can be securely attached to the substrate. Many galvanized steel nails have ring shanks and extra large heads to tightly secure roofing components in high wind regions. Although these specialized shanks are beneficial for systems that require substantial strength, smooth nails are sufficient for most roof installations. Some fasteners may need to be replaced periodically throughout the life of the roofing system, but the appropriate nails for the selected materials will help to prevent premature deterioration.

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