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Types of Nails used in Roofing – Understanding Austin Roofing

To many, it might seem that a nail is a nail and that it wouldn’t make much difference which was used in home improvement projects. However, that is far from the truth and using the wrong nails in Round Rock roofing could spell serious trouble down the road. As you build a new home, increase space with an addition, or simply improve your existing area, you will likely notice that contractors use a wide variety of nails. There are ten varieties most commonly used by builders and homeowners.

Concrete Nails: When building a new home, the first step is often to lay a foundation. For those who opt for a concrete slab or basement masonry nails, which are commonly referred to as concrete nails and are very strong, will likely be put to use. First though, temporary framing will be put to use to contain the wet concrete mix as it dries. For this, duplex head nails, are chosen. They can be used to build the temporary frame, but are easily removed, thanks to the double head, when the concrete is firm.

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Common Nail: When the foundation is in place, framing is a possibility. The image that springs to mind when on thinks about nails is typically a picture of the common nail. With a long shaft, a broad, rounded head, and a sharp point for easy application, they are among the most versatile nails produced today. Typically, thousands upon thousands of common nails are used in the framing of a house.

Box Nail: Very similar to the common nail, the box nail is also crafter of wire. The main difference, however, is the thickness of the shaft. This variety is much thinner than the common nail for the purpose of connecting thinner materials that would be prone to cracking with the thickness of the common nail. Neither of the two is hardy enough for use in roofing, but could be utilized in the framing beneath the shingles. For that reason, both will likely be possessed by Lakeway, Texas, roofing companies.

Roofing Nails: The form of the house is there, but only a properly installed roof can ensure that it isn’t damaged by precipitation. Nails are specially made for this industry and are aptly named ‘roofing nails’. They often feature texture on the shaft to make they stay put once installed, and an extra-large, flat head.

Drywall Nail: In most rooms today, atop the framing and insulation, contractors install a special product known as dry wall. This is what is painted or papered and will remain visible to the occupants. Materials like drywall are not as hard as wood and nails could more easily pull free from the brittle material. For this reason, the drywall nail (also known as an annular ring nail) is put up to the task of hanging the walling. The small grooves in the shaft provide added resistance, making it more difficult for the nail to be pulled loose.

Finish Nails: Once the house is built and the drywall has been installed, mudded, sanded and properly prepared, molding is brought in for most Austin, Texas, homes. This provides a finished look to the space and hides the rough bottom edges of the drywall. Molding can be used for a wide variety of purposes and comes in a vast array of styles. However, all of it will be hung with finish- or casing nails. The small heads of these shorter nails are intended to sink into the wood slightly, providing a smooth, even surface.

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