Roofer - shingle nail Whenever you begin a roof repair project around your home, you should know what tools are best suited to make it a smooth and successful process. Among those that you will need for a productive roofing job are nails. But which nails should you choose? The answer might just depend on the material that you are lying down and maybe even the area that you live in. For now, let us focus on how different materials will impact your choice of nails.

Roofing Nails for Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Let us assume that you, like the largest percentage of the homeowners in this country, are choosing an asphalt shingle roof. There are several materials that will be used during the process of installing the roof. The sub roof, for instance is made of wood. Then, there will be the felt laid down atop it. Finally, there are the shingles themselves to be considered. There are essentially three nails that you will choose from when laying a roof on your residence.

Roofers Use More Than One Type

The sub roof is generally nailed into place with a screw shank nail. These nails have a sharp point, a twisted end, and a wide head. In addition, the ends are often hot dipped or galvanized for added strength and security. All of these factors make these nails superior for strength and resilience. The sharp point also means that they slip into the wood with less chance of splitting or disturbing the surface. The felt however does not require such a strong nail. Ring shank nails are middle of the roof. They feature a wide head to keep the material in place and are galvanized, so they are tough enough to keep the felt right where it should be. Though either of these two nails could be used to lay the shingles, the most common one chosen is the smooth shank nail. It’s not as supportive as the other two, but it has demonstrated an ability to stay put and is also far more affordable.

For more information on these nails and tips on what nails to consider when using different roofing materials, continue reading the full article.

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