How Long Should Roofing Nails Be?
The question of how long should roofing nails be is not as important as the proper installation. Nails need to be fitted tightly and securely to the shingles or shakes so that they will last many years. This also means that the nails need to be slightly smaller than shingles to allow for shrinkage over time. If the nails are not the right size, the shingles or shakes will begin to pull away from the roof when it rains or snows. This will damage the roof more than the shingles or shakes themselves because it will be exposed to the elements all through the year.
Once you have found a reputable roofing nail dealer in your area, you should discuss what type of nail you should purchase. Typically, one will choose between wood, aluminum, plastic, or stainless steel. Each one has its pros and cons, and it is important to know which ones are right for you and your project. Wood is the most expensive because it is stronger and usually easier to install, however, it can rust and become weak over time. Aluminum nails tend to be the easiest to use and are less expensive, but these also rust and are more prone to corrosion over time.
Plastic and aluminum roofing nails are more likely to rust because they are made of PVC, which is not resistant to rust. Asphalt shingles are generally the best option because they are the strongest, most durable, and most weather resistant variety of roofing nails out there. They are typically coated with a protective agent so they will resist the weather and will last longer without becoming damaged like plastic or aluminum nails will. However, there is a trade off because asphalt shingles are more prone to denting and breaking when the storm comes.
Regardless of which type of roof replacement material you use, you will need to get a nail gun. There are many nail guns on the market, and many of them have different options. Some nail guns compress air into the nail heads which makes them more powerful than other types of nail guns. There are even nail guns that can penetrate glass!
There are also different sizes of head for your nails. Head sizes are measured in both inches and pounds. For example, if you have three nails and they measure five inches each, you would choose a head size that is five inches per nail. You should also know that there are different types of head shapes. Round and square shanks are the most common, but you can also get rid of the head and put in smooth shanks instead.
The overall appearance and durability of your roof will depend greatly on how long the roofing nails you purchase will last. You may want to buy several different types of nails to help prolong their lifespan. There are several types of paint for your shingles. I recommend paint with at least ultraviolet protection. This will protect your roofing nails and prevent them from getting damaged over time.