Choosing the right screws for your next roofing project is a critical decision. When it comes to roofing, the stakes are higher than other types of home improvement projects and so you should make sure that you use the highest quality roofing supplies available. In addition, the type of screw you select will depend on your roofing materials.

Should I use screws or nails?

The answer to this question depends on the materials you are working with and the type of roofing project you plan to undertake. When joining the threaded shaft, screws are the preferred choice of roofing materials. They help minimise movement of your roofing or cladding. Another added benefit being you can remove and reuse them. Screws also come in a variety of sizes, making them better suited for different types of roofing projects.

When it comes to roofing supplies, we’ve put together a few recommendations

  • When attaching steel roofing to steel materials, use self-drilling screws (SDS)
  • Depending on the application there are a variety of Hex head screws available that are widely used in building and construction
  • When joining steel roofing to hardwood structures, T17 screws are ideal 
  • The Vortex Hex head is a multi-purpose screw suited to joining roofing sheets to steel battens and softwood due to the shape of the tip
  • Hex head screws are available in the Colorbond range of colours as well as plain

Why choose Hex head screws?

Hex heads with neo washers act as a seal and cushion to prevent corrosion, while the tips eliminate the need to predrill. Galvanized with a zinc coating suited to Colorbond steel, depending on the application, Hex head screws are also available without washers. Ensure you have the correct Hex head socket drill bit before starting your project and to save time, always have your torque drill handy.

Ways to save time and money when joining roof sheets

When joining roof sheets, A&D Discount Roofing can offer several recommendations that will save you time and money. Screwing into the crest on corrugated steel roofing, and the ridge for monoclad/trimdeck profiles will help to avoid a buildup of corrosive materials from accumulating around the screw that could cause corrosion and deterioration of your steel roofing. Correct placement of the screws will optimise water run-off into your guttering. Wall cladding or fencing can be attached to structures by screwing into the pan or valley. 

Not sure how many screws you need?

At A&D Discount Roofing, we can assist in calculating quantities, also advising on the type of screw you require for your purpose and materials. Ideally, you will need 5 screws per batten per sheet, depending on the application. Your builder will also be able to recommend the most suitable roofing supplies for your next project.

Did you know, regular inspection and maintenance of your roof will help to prolong the life of your Colorbond roof? Loose screws can deliver water directly into your roof space and ceiling, causing long-term damage, and creating an environment for mould or mildew to flourish. 

Speak with a roofing supplies expert before purchasing Mini Orb steel cladding

Call our friendly team at A&D Discount Roofing to discuss your roofing project and roofing materials today. Phone them on 07 3801 3188 to arrange an obligation-free quote. And have a look through their extensive range of roofing supplies online.