All fasteners are critical. The ten “most important” fasteners in a roof panel are the ones in each corner and the six in the intermediate panel edge connections. Fasten your seat belts!
Over the last ten years, builders have been participating in a quiet revolution that is changing the fastener industry. In a bid to save time and money, contractors are moving away from the more traditional power drills and multiple styles of bits to the more effective impact driver.
Homes built in high-wind areas must be able to withstand the wind forces known as uplift (which try to roll the structure over) and shear (which tries to push the structure sideways). Catastrophic damage to property and tragic loss of life have prompted industry professionals to look for cost-effective ways to build homes better able to withstand combined shear and uplift using products trades are familiar with. Now structural wall sheathing can provide the required continuous load path needed to resist high winds and meet high wind codes.
Nails literally hold the world together, but just how much do you know about your fasteners? Do you use the same nails for every job out of habit? Always ask your design professional to stipulate sizes and fastener patterns, but knowing what kind of nails to use may save you time and money on work that lasts.