How to Staple Steel

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Industrial staple guns provide enough power to drive through steel and wood.
Industrial staple guns provide enough power to drive through steel and wood. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Staples are commonly used to attach papers, wood and cloth; however, steel roofing, fences and panels can also be stapled to add additional security. Staples come in a variety of shapes and sizes to help secure materials without bending the staple or harming the steel. Because of its thickness, steel requires use of long staples and a high-powered staple gun to ensure a proper fit.

Things You'll Need

  • Roofing tacks
  • Hammer
  • Industrial staple gun
  • Staples
  • Metal panels or roofing

Lay out your steel on your frame. You must have your steel in place and even before you can attach it with staples. If you are using locking, steel panels, slide the female and male ends together to create your form.

Secure your metal panels, fencing or roofing by hammering a roofing tack every 12 to 15 inches. Leave enough room for your staples. Secure your steel as close to any edges or corners as possible.

Place the fully charged battery into your loaded staple gun. Press the gun's staple opening firmly against the steel in between your tacks. Press the gun's handle to release your staple. Staple guns emit a large amount of pressure, causing your body to jerk. Try to avoid this by keeping your arms stationary and straight.

Follow the same path as you did with your roofing tacks. Do not place staples in various, scattered locations on your metal or remove staples.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stainless steel staples are stronger and more durable than aluminum. Do not staple steel where it will be exposed to salt water.

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