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Roofing tiles are as varied as the type of roofing nails that holds them in place. Each kind of roof material requires a different type of nail. Choosing the wrong roofing nail can have considerable consequences on the durability, longevity and performance of the roof. Understanding the differences between these types of fasteners helps homeowners have an idea of what nails will be used on their new roof, but Champaign roofing contractors know which type of nail will perform the best for each job.

What all roofing nails have in common is a sharp and pointed tip. This makes it fast and easy for a roofing crew to hammer in the nail without causing any damage to the shingles or tiles. Roofing nails also have flat, wide heads that provide plenty of surface area when struck by a hammer. The large head size of roofing nails also makes them easy to use in a nail gun for even faster insertion.

A home getting a new asphalt shingle or metal roof will likely use aluminum, galvanized steel or copper nails. These nails range in size with a typical asphalt or metal sheeting roof using a 1 inch shingle.

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Architectural shingles may require a slightly longer nail such as a 2 inch. Both copper and galvanized steel nails are highly resistant to rust, which makes them ideal in high humidity environments and in places that get plenty of rainfall, snow and ice.

Stainless steel nails are typically used on a home getting clay or slate roofing tiles. Steel has the necessary strength to hold these heavier materials. Because clay and slate tiles are thick and weighty, they generally require a long nail measuring 4 to 6 inches in length. The nails used on tile roofs may also have a diamond tip. This is to reduce the risk of shattering the fragile tiles.

Property owners having a cedar or wood shake roof installed may notice that the nails have a screw shank. Wooden roofs also need a long nail length of 4 to 6 inches. This is due to the thickness of the wooden shingles.

Another type of nail that roofers may use is a ring shank nail. These may consist of galvanized or stainless steel, copper or aluminum. Roofing crews will use ring shank nails in excessively windy places. Some homeowners request this type of nail as a way to protect a home from storm damage that may result from the frequent tornadoes that visit the Great Plains.

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