But if you see the sense in having a roofing nailer of your own, your next decision will be what type of nailer you should get. You can choose among electric, rechargeable, and pneumatic roofing nailers from different manufacturers.
The Advantages of Roofing Nailers
No matter which type of roofing nailer you select, you will be treating yourself to a tool which relieves you of continually pounding stubborn roofing nails with an old-fashioned hammer. Almost all roofing nailers allow their users to adjust the power settings, so you needn’t worry that you will damage your new shingles or roofing material by driving the nails in too forcibly. This feature is especially important if you are working with slate or tile roofing, which cracks easily and is very expensive to boot.
Asphalt shingling will also tear if nailed with too much force, and while it’s much less expensive than slate or tile, if torn and not repaired promptly, it can cause some
When you’re shopping for a roofing nailer, you need to remember that the model you choose will have to tolerate long hours in a hot sun and be able to survive a fall from the rooftop to the ground without shattering. It’s a virtual certainty that any roofing nailer in regular use will eventually take a dive.
Pneumatic, Electric, Or Rechargeable?
While a great many professional roofing contractors would never use anything but a pneumatic roofing nailer, you may not like the idea of having to listen to a noisy air compressor all day long while dragging around an air hose. Pneumatic roof nailers do have the advantage of being adjusted to drive nails with a force of anywhere from 70 to 120 pounds psi, but they are difficult to use in close quarters like the areas near chimneys or under eaves.
Using an electric roofing nailer will be much quieter than using the pneumatic one, but will still require a very long extension cord which can easily cause someone to trip. While an electric roofing nailer will usually have its own adjustable depth reader and a guide to make sure the nails are driven straight, it will weigh more than a pneumatic nailer because it has its own power supply.
Finally, the rechargeable deck roofing nailer will match both the power and performance of an electrical one, but its usefulness will be limited by the length of time it remains charged. You can purchase extra batteries to keep your rechargeable roofing nailer powered on big jobs, but don’t expect it to be tough enough to handle a drop of fifteen or twenty feet.