Choosing stainless steel

By Canadian Home Workshop

Stainless-steel nails

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Although fastening Enviroshake with a standard electro-galvanized roofing nail is acceptable, here’s a couple good reasons why stainless-steel nails are preferred when working with this product:

Longevity: Because of the  shakes’ extremely long life expectancy of 50 years or more, they could easily outlast standard nails.

Resistance: Stainless-steel nails have a much higher corrosion resistance than standard roofing nails.

However, finding a wire-collated version that’s suitable for a coil roofing nailer can be difficult. Stanley Bostitch is one company that makes them in the 1 1/2″ length required for installing the Enviroshake shakes. The nails should be available at hardware dealers via special order.

This article was originally published on April 23, 2012

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