Selecting the Right Nailer for Roofing, Siding and Framing Projects | Major Construction

Do you need a nail gun for your next roofing, siding or framing project? If so, read on to learn more about what to look for when selecting the right one.


5/11/20232 min read

Whether you are a professional handyman or a casual DIYer, having the right nailer for roofing, siding, and framing projects can make a big difference. Choosing the best nailer for these types of projects can be tricky, however. There are plenty of options available on the market today, each with its own unique features. In this article, we will discuss what to look for in a nailer when selecting one for your roofing, siding and framing needs.

Nailer Types
The first thing to consider when choosing a nailer is what type of nail gun you need. There are three main categories: pneumatic guns, cordless guns and powder-actuated guns. Pneumatic guns are powered by compressed air and typically offer more power than their cordless counterparts. Cordless models are great for convenience but generally don’t produce as much power as pneumatic models. Powder-actuated guns use small charges of gunpowder to drive nails into hard surfaces such as concrete or steel beams. Each type has its own merits and should be considered based on the project you’re working on and your budget.

Features to Consider
Once you have narrowed down your choices to the type of nailer that best suit your needs, there are several features to consider before making a purchase. Look for features such as adjustable depth settings so you can get precise control over how deep nails are driven into wood or other materials; magazine sizes ranging from 1 inch to 2 inches; and anti-jamming mechanisms which help prevent jams from occurring while nailing. Also consider safety features such as contact trip triggers that stop firing when not in contact with the material being nailed; dust collection systems that reduce airborne particles; and exhaust ports that direct exhaust away from the user’s face.

Brand Comparison
When it comes to brands, there is no shortage of options on the market today. Some popular brands include Bostitch, Porter Cable, Senco, Hitachi and Dewalt. Each brand offers different features at varying price points so it’s important to compare them side by side before committing to one particular model or brand name. Generally speaking, brands like Bostitch and Porter Cable offer competitively priced products with quality construction that perform reliably under heavy use conditions while Hitachi focuses on performance over affordability with their higher-end models offering more power than their competitors at slightly higher prices points than some of the other brands mentioned here. Similarly, Dewalt offers quality construction coupled with powerful motors at reasonable prices while Senco offers reliable performance at an affordable price point across all their product lines regardless of motor power output capabilities or size/weight differences between each model within those respective lines.

When shopping around for a roofing, siding or framing nailer there is no one size fits all solution out there so it’s important to do your research beforehand in order to determine what specific features you need based on the job at hand along with how much money you are willing (or able) to spend on said tool/nailers overall in order ensure that you get exactly what you need without overspending just because “brand X” looks better than “brand Y” even if both tools offer similar performance capabilities overall. Fortunately most major manufacturers have made it increasingly easier than ever before to compare their products side by side online nowdays so researching ahead of time shouldn't take too long regardless of which brand(s) ultimately strike your fancy when all is said & done!