Slate plates nail for proper attachment

Special slates are often used to fix slate slabs. These can sink in contrast to the slate pins in slate, resulting in a flat surface. The nails have special properties.

Slate nails for fixing slate slabs

There are special cardboard nails or slate nails in the specialist trade, which are mainly used outdoors. They usually consist of stainless steel or are hot-dip galvanized. From the outside you can already see the nails on their relatively large head, which should have a diameter of at least ten millimeters. The length of the pin or shaft should not be less than 32 millimeters. The nails are often used in other areas, such as the attachment of roofing felt or other materials that are applied to the roof for sealing.

What to look out for when processing or securing the slates

Slate is a natural material that consists of several layers and is generally considered to be very brittle. If handled incorrectly, for example if the mechanical loads are too high, the material breaks out very quickly. You should also pay attention to a few things when nailing slate plates, so that the boards do not suffer any damage during fixing. These include the following things:

  • Use only suitable nails for fastening the slate plates. Please note the above mentioned properties of the fasteners.
  • The perforation or attachment should always be from bottom to top (from inside to outside).
  • When attaching, make sure that the slates are not penetrated by overhangs.

What else you should know about slates and their peculiarities

Slate arises in a long geological history process. The natural material can therefore have very different properties such as natural color differences or different surface structures. Therefore, if you are slate-slicing a whole area, you should only use slabs from a single occurrence, unless you are intent on having a colored design with different slate varieties. Also keep in mind that the attachment or treatment of the panels during processing may vary depending on their occurrence. Nevertheless, it is an interesting natural material that has been used for a very long time and is durable, ecologically valuable and environmentally friendly.

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