When considering what nail to use in a roofing project, one of the possibilities is galvanized roofing nails. Hot-dipped galvanized roofing nails are required for asphalt and wood shakes. One of the advantages of galvanized roofing nails is that they are resistant to rust for much longer periods of time.
Hot-dipped or Non Hot-dipped Roofing Nails
There is some controversy in using hot-dipped roofing nails in nail guns as opposed to using electroplated nails. The indication is that hot-dipped galvanized roofing nails do not lend themselves well to use in nail gun, where as the newer technology which uses an electroplating to create a galvanized nail does work well in the nail gun. The controversy comes from the claim of the electroplating not having as much zinc as the hot-dipped nail. There are also reports that indicate that adjustments may be made to some nail guns allowing them to accept the hot-dipped roofing nail more readily. (Caution should be used when making adjustments to any pneumatic or electrically operated pieces of equipment as it may cause the warranty to be voided and may cause the equipment to become unsafe for use.)
Hot-dipped Best Roofing Nail
Reports indicate that either nail will most likely last the life of a roof without rusting out or pulling free from the roof decking. The main point is that the best nail to use is the hot-dipped galvanized roofing nail.