Answering Your Questions About Roofing

Nail Guns Vs. Hammers When Installing Shingles

by Donald Evans

When adding shingles to a roof, the two options are to use a hammer or a nail gun. A hammer is much cheaper and there are some other benefits to a hammer, but there are some reasons why you might want to consider using a nail gun instead.

Positioning The Nail

One of the challenges of nail guns is that they often cannot get the nail into the proper position. As a result, it is often better to use a hammer that can allow for the nail to be put in the proper place more accurately. While a nail gun may be faster, the time that is spent properly hammering the nail into place and the time spent putting the nail gun into place mitigates the speed at which the nail gun can insert the nail.

Hammering The Nail

Any motions carried out while on the roof can cause you to lose your balance and fall. The action of hammering a nail in place may cause those who have less balance to be placed at risk. A nail gun does not require as much motion to operate and can be safer in this regard. When hammering in nails, it is easy to miss and hurt one of your fingers, but this isn't a problem when using a nail gun. The only risk is that you might accidentally puncture yourself with a nail with the nail gun.

Carrying The Nail Gun

Nail guns are heavier to carry than a hammer. Therefore, it can be a pain to carry the nail gun up and down a ladder. This can not only make your job more difficult, but can also increase the risk that you will lose your balance while climbing up and down the ladder.

Penetrating The Shingles

A nail gun is much more powerful than a hammer. If you find that you are struggling to hammer a nail through a particular material, the nail gun will generate the force that is necessary to get the job done.

If you cannot decide whether you would like to use a nail gun or a hammer, or if you feel like you lack confidence in whether you can safely and effectively nail shingles to your roof, it would be a good idea to hire roofing contractors instead. While it may be less expensive to do it yourself, it is more expensive to undo the damage if you perform roofing work incorrectly.