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Old 05-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Having problems with roofing nails

I am trying to copy this shed, im currently putting shingles in the roof and ran into a problem. The shed has an overhang that's exposed white. I have problems trying to put the nails through the shingle without the nail being exposed on the white overhang.

I bought some adhesive to glue the parts of the shingles that are on the overhang, but i dont think it will work. My waferboard on the roof is 7/16 inch thick, i cant find 1/2 inch roofing nails in homedepot.

The only option i have is that i nail down the shingles and cut off the exposed part of the nail with a grinder.

Are their 1/2 inch roofing nails available? Is their a simpler solution to this problem?

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Old 05-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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Nails should protrude at least 1/4 of an inch through the decking.

You can create your own fascia board and install a soffit of you're really concerned about the look.


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I would do the soffit also, since most sheds get unbearably hot during the Summer. Hopefully you put in either a ridge vent, or some kind of venting on the roof, before doing the shingles.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
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They make 5/8" roofing nails. We don't call them finger bangers for nothing.

Yes, other option is to get some horse nippers or a grinder and cut them all when done.
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That shed would look so much better with some simple look outs to not have that OSB showing,
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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Am sure he doesn't want to make major changes at this point.
Nice looking shed. I like the way you used the siding on the door panels.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #7
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You can use the shorter fasteners and still maintain 100% manufacture coverage on materials.Just use them only in the areas that will affect the visual aesthetics.Overhangs etc.

A 5/8"-7/8" nail will only cause a slight protrusion in the overhang.The only way it catches your attention is if you are looking for it.

Use moisture guard and 30lb felt to build it up.By the time you put a nail into the shingle,starter,30lb,moisture guard then the fastener will seat perfectly.

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Old 06-15-2012, 09:13 AM   #8
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5/8ths is whats used on new roof on overhangs. if you in a really windy area you want the nails to go though for holding. you can always box the eves in to cover up the nails that come though.
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Soffit is definitely the way to go. It will give you that needed circulation in the summer and something to bite into with the nail.
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nice look'n shed. i don't want to jack this thread, but let me ask. what size is it ?


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