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The sound of nail guns adding fasteners to a new rooftop is common for any project. Those nails are being added at precise angles and numbers, according to the structure's design and location. When Virginia Beach roofing professionals work on any replacement project, they must choose the right fasteners and install them with consistent accuracy to ensure a rooftop that lasts for several decades.

If residents have ever been to a home improvement store, they know the vast nail types available to professionals. Reputable contractors select nails that are deemed roofing types. They have a wide and flat head to hold materials securely, along with a long shaft. The nail itself should be long enough to pierce shingles, underlayment and decking. If homeowners can look at the roof from within the attic, they'd notice sharp nail ends sticking slightly out of the plywood. This fastener appearance is the hallmark of a professional installation.

Those proper nails shouldn't be driven haphazardly into the rooftop because incorrect application leads to leaks into the interior. Nails must be driven perpendicular to the rooftop, allowing the shaft to move through the materials cleanly. Contractors must adjust their nail torque too, so fasteners don't pierce the roof excessively. Nails driven too loosely will allow leaks into their openings, for example.

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Fasteners pressed excessively into shingles will warp and damage them severely.

Nail quantity is also an important factor for shingle installation. Generally, four nails are driven into the top shingle section. No nails should be near shingle edges or even the tabs. In regions with high wind possibilities, six nails should be used along with some adhesive holding the tabs flat against the home.

Although nails are metal and often manufactured with corrosion free elements, they can still wear down if improperly installed. A finished rooftop shouldn't display any nails. They must be hidden from view under all shingle layers. Exposed nails will only create repair issues in the future. Experienced contractors ensure each shingle layer covers the nails below.

Adding nails to a rooftop using hand tools is not common because of the physical labor involved. However, contractors may need to use hammers in certain applications where the shingles are too difficult to reach with power tools. Homeowners may notice workers using hand tools in a confined rooftop area when other contractors are handling power tools elsewhere. Using the right tools for the situation makes a rooftop shine with no leaks in the future.

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