When hand nailing roofing shingles is better?
We have to say most of the time hand-nailing will have a slight advantage over gun nailing shingles. Although I would almost never hand nail a roof, mostly because the advantages do not outweigh the increased time for any experienced roofer. However there are more crews every year that go to strictly hand nailing because of the percieved quality advantages. For many companies it is a marketing decision more than a decision driven by the need to install a superior product. This plays into a reoccurring theme we strongly believe in the product you put on your roof in part the quality of the shingles and materials and part the quality of the labor used to install them.
So why is hand nailing roofing shingles superior?
Simply put hand nailing eliminates errors than gun nailing can create, not that it is a given they will happen. Perhaps the biggest single point to make here is that when you are gun-nailing it is quicker for the vast majority of roofers out there, and you can make mistakes you don’t even realize. The likelihood of an inexperienced roofer making mistakes while gun-nailing is near 100%. Let’s explore a couple common mistakes made while installing asphalt roofing shingles with an air nailer.
Conclusion: Should we all just suck it up and hand nail?
If you look at the table above you may come to the conclusion – shoot with all the possible “mess-ups” when using a power nailer why not just hand nail? We are being a little picky here but all of these problems are a reality. That being said there are 1000′s of roofs installed every year using power nailers with no ill-effects. With an experienced crew that truly CARES about quality and knows what they are doing power-nailing is fine. If time and money were no object maybe I would insist on hand-nailing but expect to pay a higher price.
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