'Hand Nailing' or Nailguns?
The battle between the two methods has been going
on for years and there will never be a clear concise answer. It
comes down to the Experience of the roofer, NOT the tools used.
Weinel Roofing has installed Every Shingle WITHOUT
the use of a nail gun, since we began 30 years ago. If not using
a nailgun meant a slower speed and higher cost, Weinel Roofing would
fail to exist due to lack of clientele.
If you take the time needed to set up compressor,
constant reloading nails, and tangling and untangle of hoses, Weinel
Roofing has already started nailing.
The experience becomes important when the shingle
is fastened to the roof. When hand nailing, a roofer can feel whether
the nail hit solid into the roof decking. A nailgun does not allow
the roof to ensure a solid securing of the shingle. This can lead
to nails becoming loose and can cause shingles to fall out, therefore
compromising the integrity of your roof and causing leaks.
Also when using a nailgun, the installer may not
have the pressure set correctly. This can lead to nails being pushed
through the shingle, and leading to leaks. On the other hand if
the pressure is set too low the nail will not fully secure the shingle
to the roof decking, and again lead to leaks.
Hand nailing is the only way to insure that 100%
of the nails in your roof are properly installed.