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Old 09-08-2011, 05:15 AM   #1
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Im going to be getting my roof replaced here hopefully in a few weeks.

Is there a benefit to using 6 nails over 4 for my roof? I have a roof that goes from 15/12 to 12/12.

Also should I have the roofer use a nail gun or hand nail the shingles on? He has 2 crews and said there is no cost differance, just that it may take a day longer on my roof.

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6 nails will hold the shingle better than 4 on those slopes.

Nailing with a gun is just as good (if not better) than nailing with hand nails if it's done properly.

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Im going to be getting my roof replaced here hopefully in a few weeks.

Is there a benefit to using 6 nails over 4 for my roof? I have a roof that goes from 15/12 to 12/12.

Also should I have the roofer use a nail gun or hand nail the shingles on? He has 2 crews and said there is no cost differance, just that it may take a day longer on my roof.
Most manufacturer's specs call for 6 nails/shingle on slopes over 12/12.

+1 on the no difference in the hand/gun nail debate if done right. Most gun nailers tend to use more nails than hand nailers.
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The question I have and you should as well, your contractor has indicated to you that the extra day it would take to hand nail it, costs the same?????

Whats wrong with that picture.

An extra day for the crew, should equate to extra dollars in cost.

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With older cracked and knotty sheathing, you sometimes cannot tell if you nailed into nothing, if you use a nailer. That's the only benefit to hand nailing.
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With older cracked and knotty sheathing, you sometimes cannot tell if you nailed into nothing, if you use a nailer. That's the only benefit to hand nailing.
An experienced gun operator knows the sounds and feels his tool makes. Going into wood is definitely a different sound and feeling than missing.
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I think the experience part plays a pretty big role. For my own experience, I have come across a shingle that was entirely nailed in the space between the planks. It was essentially being held in place by the glue on the shingle.

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