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Best Practices for Using Coil Roofing Nailer


Coil roofing nailers are designed to make fast work of roofing installations when used properly. This pneumatic nailer allows you to quickly secure roofing materials like asphalt shingles, composite shingles, and metal panels.


How a Coil Roofing Nailer Works


A coil nailer gets its name from the coiled collated nails loaded into the magazine. This allows for quick, continuous nailing without having to manually insert each nail.


Inside the tool, a piston drives the nails when the trigger is pulled. The nails are fed to the nosepiece from the coil in the magazine. The nosepiece guides the nail precisely into the roofing material. Depth adjustment controls on the tool allow you to set proper fastener depth.


Most coil nailers operate pneumatically, powered by compressed air from an air compressor.

Select the Right Nail Coils


For typical asphalt shingles, ring shank roofing nails from 1 to 1-3/4 inches long are recommended. Ensure the nail collation matches the magazine of your coil nailer. Round head, ring shank and other designs provide optimal holding powerNails with galvanized, stainless steel or other coatings resist corrosion. 

Technique and Positioning


Proper technique when using your coil nailer will lead to correct fastening of roofing materials.


Adjust Depth Setting

An adjustable depth setting allows you to control nail penetration. The proper depth will depend on the roofing material thickness and framing type. For example, with standard shingles on plywood decking, set the nail depth so it slightly indents the shingle without penetrating through to the deck. For thinner roofing on spaced sheathing, use a shallower depth setting. Adjust the setting based on test nails into scrap materials until you achieve the ideal depth.


Maintain Proper Angle

Hold the coil nailer flush at a 90-degree angle to the roof surface. Tilting the tool can result in bent or crooked nails that don't fully engage the framing. Maintaining a flush, perpendicular angle as you work provides consistent, secure fastening. It also prevents nail heads from denting or cracking shingles.


Fire in a Uniform Pattern

To evenly secure shingles or flashing, fire nails in a uniform pattern. Space nails evenly apart in consistent rows. Follow any specified nailing schedules from shingle manufacturers. Typically nails are placed above the shingle exposure line to hide them. Nail through the overlap of successive rows. Nailing through the same spot on layered shingles can cause leaks.


Avoid Nailing Errors

Careless nailing can lead to ugly, unsafe roofs. Be mindful not to drive nails too deep which can damage shingles or decking. Prevent underdriven nails that don't properly attach materials. Take care not to drive nails through overlapping shingles. Be meticulous with nail placement – missing the intended nailing target weakens the roof.


Reload Nails Efficiently

Have extra loaded coils ready to swap out so you can continuously work. Discharge remaining nails before removing an empty coil to prevent nail jams. Quickly reload using the release lever and ensure the coil is fully seated.


Use Proper Footwear and Gear

Wear shoes with thick, non-slip soles to provide stability when standing on pitched roofs. Thick, rubber-soled work boots are ideal. Protect your eyes with safety glasses when operating the nailer and secure loose clothing. Wearing knee pads can provide comfort when kneeling on the roof for extended periods.


Watch for Recoil

The strong driving force of a coil nailer can produce considerable recoil or kickback. Maintain a firm grip and control of the tool to prevent recoil-related injury or falls. Position yourself to brace for the recoil direction before nailing.


The AEROPRO CN45RA coil nailer is built with the roofing contractor in mind. This nailer drives nail 19mm (3/4")to 45mm(1-3/4"), If feature a die-cast aluminum housing and a comfortable handle for optimal control and comfort, even during extended use.


It is well balanced for stability, and ergonomically designed with a longer handle for ease of operation. It also features a hardened driver blade for longer life, and economical air consumption with low noise. This air powered nailer is specifically designed for professional work.


Ideal tool for both new roofs and reroofing exterior drywall, insulation board, and fiber cement applications.




Required pressure:70-110PSI(4.8-7.5bar)


Nail Capacity:120pcs

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