When you visit a DIY store or website searching for nails, there are so many options available that if you aren’t familiar with their differences, you might not know where to start. It’s easy to think that all nails are multi-purpose and can be used on any material, for any type of project to fix something into place.

That is not the case and it’s important to know which nail works best for each application, especially when it comes to roofing. In this guide we are going to cover the different types of roof nailing available and the best time to use them.

 

What is a roofing nail?

As their name highlights, roofing nails are used to fix roofing materials into place, and can be bought in a number of different materials. As they are mostly used for roofing jobs (and sometimes fencing), they are generally referred to as roofing nails. These nails are ideal for installing roofing felt and shingles, or for attaching flashing to metal and wood. They feature a wide flat head and a short shank, and can come in a variety of sizes. Each type of nail is graded depending on their length and the diameter of the wire used to manufacture it.

 

When to use aluminium nails?

Aluminium nails are commonly used for metals roofs as well as asphalt shingle or composite roofs. For properties located near to the coastline, aluminium nails would not be a good option as the salt in the air could lead to corrosion. Aluminium nails are sturdy and able to mimic the strength of steel nails.

They are one of the more cost effective options compared to some of the alternatives. In many cases, they prove to be a reliable choice for keeping the roof secure without any threat of the materials loosening, or the development of any rotting. A good example are these Aluminium Clout Nails which come in a range of different sizes, starting from only £12.53 (inc. VAT) for a 2.65mm x 30mm 1kg pack.

 

When to use stainless steel nails?

Where aluminium nails are not recommended for use on properties close to the coast, stainless steel nails are by far the better choice. Stainless steel nails are able to withstand salty sea air and are much less likely to produce any rust, or underperform once nailed into place.

Due to the material, stainless steel nails are on the more expensive end of the scale, but the long-term security they provide make them a worthwhile investment. Even in properties that are not near to the sea, they remain a popular option because they are extremely durable and always easy to use. A 1kg pack of these Stainless Steel Ring Shank Nails, measuring 2.65 x 30mm can be purchased for only £20.28 (inc. VAT)

 

When to use copper nails?

When it comes to securing slates or roofing tiles, most professionals would recommend that copper nails are used. The material offers great flexibility in terms of the environments it can be used in, without affecting the performance level of the nails.

Due to their durability and ability to remain firmly fixed in pace without issue, copper nails are one of the most cost effective options available. There are no complications when it comes to nailing them into position, and even in the harshest of weather conditions they ensure any new roofing or repairs performed on your roof will remain untouched. Our Copper Clout Nails cost only £21.47 (inc.VAT) for a 1kg sized at 2.65 x 30mm.

 

When to use Galvanized roofing nails?

Galvanized nails are actually steel nails that have been coated with a layer of zinc. They tend to be used for roofing projects that feature asphalt shingles and are recognised for their ability to withstand rust for extremely long periods of time. Another reason for their popularity is they are far less likely to crack and shrink with the passing of the seasons and change in temperature throughout the year.

Combined with the low cost of galvanised nails, their versatility and ease of use, you can see why they continue to be the preferred choice for homeowners and those working in the construction industry. These Galvanised Round Wire Nails are a recommended option, with prices starting from £10.80 (inc. VAT) for a 1kg pack of nails sized 2.65 x 50mm.

 

When to use Sheradised Nails?

Sheradised nails are extremely corrosion resistant as they are coated with zinc to provide an extra level of protection and durability. This makes them perfect for use in roofing projects and can be used in a wide range of different weather environments without compromising the integrity of the structure.

For this reason, sheradised nails are also used for fencing and decking jobs, along with a variety of other outdoor applications. If you are looking for the strong and reliable option for an upcoming roofing project, these Sheradised Ring Shank Nails are ideal, costing only £13.51 (inc. VAT) for a 1kg sized at 3.35mm x 65mm.

When to use roofing screws?

Roofing screws also provide another option for attaching sheet metal to either steel or wooden substrates. They are used by professionals on a day-to-day basis due to their precise manufacturing that always produce high quality results on roofing projects.

As with all the other kinds of roofing nails, these screws can be purchased in a wide range of quantities and sizes to suit the scale of the work being carried out. For example, a box of 200 Multi-Purpose Zinc Screws sized at 5mm x 30mm are extremely cost effective, and will only set you back £4.61 (inc. VAT).