If you are a homeowner, one of the things you will definitely come to appreciate is the importance of having the right fasteners used for the right job. For instance, using Alloy 20 hex lag bolts for fixing the roof is a good idea, since such fasteners tend to be very effective at remaining reliable […]

If you are a homeowner, one of the things you will definitely come to appreciate is the importance of having the right fasteners used for the right job. For instance, using Alloy 20 hex lag bolts for fixing the roof is a good idea, since such fasteners tend to be very effective at remaining reliable when used under such conditions. When the wrong fasteners are used for fixing the roof, there are a few problems you might notice including the following:

  • Leaking: When you use low quality fasteners for the roof, it is likely to start leaking at some point in time. This is on account of the fact that the fastener may end up being eroded by the presence of water and oxygen, and this would create a space between the fastener and the material around it. Some of the signs that the fastener is failing in this manner include finding that the ceiling board and walls are staining due to the presence of water.
  • The roof may become noisy when windy: Depending on the type of roof you have, the role of the fasteners is usually to make sure that the upper part of the roof stays in place. This means that when the fasteners fail, you may notice that the roof will end up being mobile than usual. This might manifest in it being a bit noisier than usual particularly if it’s windy.


 
What to do when you get these problems
If you realize that the fasteners that you have used in roofing are failing, there are a few things you need to do. These include:

  • Get a professional to inspect the roof: They should be in a position to tell you what the problem is. For instance, if it turns out that part of the roof is collapsing on account of low quality fasteners, they will tell you this and you can then decide to take any action you want.
  • Come up with a policy for fastener replacement: If it turns out that the problem is with the fasteners, you might need to think about how you are going to approach solving the problem. Most people simply get any fasteners and use them on the areas of the roof that have a problem. However, you would be better off getting high quality fasteners such as the Alloy 20 hex head cap screws and then using them to replace all of the fasteners in the roof, even in areas that do not have a problem. This way, you can be sure that you will end up having peace of mind for a long time.

In summary, roofing related problems can usually be very annoying and inconvenient, and it’s always a good idea to make sure that you avoid them as much as you can. Ensuring that you get high quality fasteners for the roof is one of the best ways to do this. You may never have to bother about the roof for decades after doing this.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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