Types of Roofing Nails
Roof nails are crucial in determining how long your roof will last. Old Time roofing makes sure to provide added strength to the outer roof (shingles and metal sheeting), as well as the inner roof (trusses and support structures). During stormy or windy weather, nails are added strength to both the outer roof (shingles, metal sheeting, etc.) and the inner roof (trusses & support structures). Different nails are used for different sections of the roof depending on the structural requirements and environmental needs.
Types of Roofing Nails
Aluminum Nails – Aluminum nails are used extensively for metal roofs as well as composite and asphalt shingle roofs. Aluminum nails are not suitable for areas such as Tampa, where salt is abundant. Stainless steel nails should be used in coastal areas.
Stainless Steel Nails: Stainless Steel nails are best for tile and slate roofs. Copper nails provide additional mildew and algae prevention.
Galvanized Nails – Galvanized nails are used in asphalt roofing. They resist rust better than other nails due to their zinc coating.
Size of Roofing Nails
Roofing nails usually measure between 1 and 6 inches or the shank (nail) length. The shank is twisted with a tip that has a diamond shape. This allows the nail’s tip to be twisted with a diamond-shaped tip.
Two types of shanks are commonly used: ring shanks or smooth shanks. Ring shanks are larger and more suitable for areas with high winds. Because they are cheaper than ring shank nails, smooth shank nails are more popular in roofing. They are not as strong and should not be used where there is high wind.
For thinner roofing materials such as shingles, smaller shank sizes (1-2 inches) are used. Longer nails are used to attach thicker materials such as tiles.
Why Nails Are Important In Roofing
Old time Roofing is located in Florida which is a geographic location that produces unique weather patterns. Florida is prone to hurricanes and high winds, these events have been increasing in the past few years. Every year, there is at least one severe and windy storm that hits the region.
These periodic events are becoming more frequent, roofs need to be built for them. Old Time Roofing designs roofs that exceed the manufacturer’s specifications as a standard of operation. Old Time Roofing is committed to excellence by using nails that can withstand high winds in roofing projects. Old Time Roofing can help you with questions regarding roofing attachment standards or building codes in Tampa FL. If you are looking to get a roofing quote contact us today!