Roofstores stock a wide range of roofing nails to support you with all your roofing projects. Our products have been chosen for their durability and are made from high-quality materials to ensure they add to the integrity of your roof. Our selection includes aluminium, copper, galvanised, and stainless-steel nails. Check out our extensive range of nails below.
What kind of nails do you use for roofing? Stainless steel nails are great for slate and ceramic roofs, cladding and fascia. They are one of the most commonly used roofing materials and due to their resistance to chemicals and dust, are one of the most long-lasting and durable products available. They are particularly useful in coastal areas because of the chemicals and salt that are present. Aluminium would not be suitable.
Galvanised steel nails have a zinc-based coating. Like supercharged steel nails, they have all the strengths of steel but with added benefits. Extra protection, rust prevention and durability. They’re also less affected by thermal changes that cause expansion and contraction.
Aluminium has natural rust-resisting properties that make them a popular choice for many construction sites. They are lightweight and easy to install. Commonly used to fix shingles and metal roof sheets. Not suitable for coastal areas.
Copper nails are used for tiles and slates. They too, have rust-resisting properties but are also extremely strong - stronger than aluminium. This means they can be used to join roofing materials to harder wood surfaces. Copper also has a chemical in it that is poisonous to moss and algae. As these chemicals are spread across the roofing area when it rains and the nails get wet, it provides an extra bit of protection across the area from moss and algae.
How deep should roofing nails go? You want your roofing nails to be secure, but you don’t want to see them or have them cause damage. We recommend that roofing nails should penetrate ¾ of an inch if the roof deck is thick enough. If not, they should penetrate at least ⅛ of an inch through the roof deck.
Why do roofers use nails instead of screws? Nails are preferable to screws for both financial and practical reasons — roofing nails are typically cheaper than screws, and they are extremely strong. Roofing nails can withstand a lot of pressure, and so help to increase the strength and durability of the roof’s construction.
Which type of nail is best for my project? Nails can be used on both pitched roofs and flat roofs. If you need help understanding which type of nail you need for your construction, give our friendly team a call and they’ll be happy to help.