What Should I Know About The Type and Length of Roofing Nails

It is often the little things that are overlooked when it comes to replacing a roof that are very important. Most homeowners only see the finished product of a roofing project that stands out to them. While the curb appeal and beauty of a roof is important, it is also important to keep in mind the installation and the quality of materials used is just as important and perhaps even more so.

The roof of a home or business is there to serve a purpose. That purpose is to shelter and protect your family and your possessions from the elements from the weather. Roofs can take brutal and devastating blows from nature. High winds are especially testing to the durability and choice of roofing products and to the quality of installation of that product. Weather elements like heat and cold can inflict brutal testing of a roof.

A beautiful roof is great. But you want to make sure that it stays that way. One of the most important components of roofing is choosing the correct type and length of nails. Nail selection can be the deciding factor in whether your roofing shingles remain tight and secure on your roof’s decking or whether it blows off during a storm with high winds. And, nail selection will determine the longevity of your roofing system overall. Most every homeowner wants a roof that will service them for decades. A good lawrenceville roofing company will make sure you get the right fasteners.

Roofing Manufacturer Nail Size Specifications

Most roofing manufactures have certain guidelines for the type and length of nails to be used for installation of their products for decking, underlayment and finished roofing coverings whether it is asphalt shingles, wood, metal, tile, etc. Many cities and states have codes for the type and length of nails to be used, especially in coastal areas where there is the threat of hurricanes

There are a variety of nails that can be purchased for roofing. The most popular roofing nails are galvanized steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Galvanized steel is considered to be the favorite choice because of its strength and rust resistance. There are also a variety of types of nails that are available. Three of the most popular are: the “ring shank” known for its withdrawal resistance, the “smooth shank” known for its ease to drive with a hammer, and the “screw shank” known for its fastening quality.

The length and diameter of a roofing nail is critical to its integrity. According to International Building Code the nail must be able to penetrate through the roofing materials and must not be less than ¾ inch into the roof sheathing. The most common length of nails depending on the thickness of your decking is 1 ¼ inch to 1 ½ inch.  It would be wise, not for just the roofing installer but the homeowner as well, to know the often obscure importance of using the correct nail. It is vital for the homeowner to know their roof is installed to last.