X

Inspiring Ideas for Modern Home

9 Best Roofing Nailers of 2023

There are a number of things around the house that need fixing.

The carpenter is Making furniture the furniture .He is using a Staple gun to work.

Everyone wants their home to be beautiful and well-kept, but wanting so is easier said than done. From time to time, certain areas of the house need patching up, so that your home can withstand the perils of time.

One of these areas is the roof. Fixing the roof is a difficult task; there is no other way to put it. But what can make this task easier is the right tool.

A roofing nailer is one such tool that can considerably reduce the burden of fixing a roof or shed. But picking the right one is again a challenge.

Our list of the 9 best roofing nailers of 2023 has you covered with the products that are making waves in the market. All that is left is for you to pick the one best suited to your needs.

Best Roofing Nailers

Construction engineer wear safety uniform inspection roofer working on roof structure of building on construction site.

Whether you're a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast, these roofing nailers offer excellent performance, durability, and ease of use. Say goodbye to manual hammering and embrace the convenience and precision of a top-notch roofing nailer. So, without further ado, here's the list of the 9 best roofing nailers you need to know.

1. HITACHI NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer - Best for Multiple Firing Modes

This is a highly acclaimed product from an equally well-known brand. This model is a favorite in the market, thanks to the range of features that are suitable for different types of work. Hitachi has made sure that users do not have a hard time operating this device and can enjoy what the product has to offer.

Hitachi NV45AB2 7/8-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Coil Roofing Nailer...
  • Hitachi Power Tools has renamed to Metabo HPT; Same great...

Why Did We Like It?

With this device, you have the option to choose between multiple firing modes. To achieve this, the HITACHI NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer is equipped with a multiple-firing support system. This allows you to switch between sequential and continuous fire with ease.

Now, to get the most out of the firing system, we can load up to 120 coiled wire collated nails at once due to the much higher magazine capacity. This, in turn, ensured that we could work uninterrupted without having to load the gun often.

Furthermore, this model has a smooth and tight feed system by having a side-loading magazine that features a double-action loading system. Apart from these, it has dual rubber bumpers on both sides.

The rubber bumpers prevent sliding down while users are busy working on the roof or shed. As a result, the chances of damage are reduced significantly while the overall durability of the model is enhanced as well.

What Could’ve Been Better?

This model is more expensive as compared to the other products available in the market. This may cause potential buyers to seek alternatives, despite all the offered features. Also, this model does not have an additional trigger, which users will have to buy separately.



Pros

  • Rapid-fire automatic function
  • Rubber grip provides comfort
  • User-friendly
  • Safe
  • Fast




Cons

  • Expensive
  • Additional triggers not included



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.5 lbs | Nail Size Range: 7/8" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

2. BOSTITCH RN46-1 Coil Roofing Nail Gun - Best for Zero Nail Lockout Feature

This product is built for accuracy while at the same time being fast. Thus, it is not only a time saver but also ensures that buyers get the desired finish on their roof. The designers have made certain upgrades to the usual features of a roofing nailer that has made it quite a hit among buyers.

Sale
BOSTITCH Coil Roofing Nailer, 1-3/4-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch...
  • The sliding nail gun has lightweight aluminum housing for...
  • Zero nail lockout feature of the siding nailer eliminates...

Why Did We Like It?

First and foremost, the BOSTITCH RN46-1 Coil Roofing Nail Gun includes a Zero Nail Lockout feature that puts an end to dry firing. In addition, this feature also informs users when to reload the magazine by not allowing them to pull the trigger if they are down to their last nails.

Further aiding the lockout feature is the single-action reloading system. This system adds to the ease of use by allowing users to simply open the chamber, load the nails, flip it back on, and fire away.

But the user-friendliness of the device does not end here. There is an adjustable depth setting as well that enables users to set the desired nail depth by turning a dial. The dial comes with options to allow for six different measurements.

Finally, dual rubber bumpers and aggressive wear guards protect the device from damage and increase its durability.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Despite all that it offers in terms of features, the device does show a propensity to end up being jammed. This could put off future buyers as the trigger function is an indispensable part of roofing nailers.

Adding to this, the bounce mode could be an issue for users who are unaccustomed to this feature.



Pros

  • Fast
  • Zero Nail Lockout feature
  • Efficient
  • Reliable
  • Contact tip automatic firing




Cons

  • May end up jamming
  • Bounce mode could be a problem



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.8 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

3. WEN 61783 Coil Roofing Nailer - Best for Lightweight Design

It may seem that this model has simple features but make no mistake, as this is one of the top products on the market. The designers of the WEN 61783 Coil Roofing Nailer have not gone overboard with any feature but have managed to ensure that this product is competitive.

WEN 61783 3/4-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Pneumatic Coil Roofing...
  • Fire 11-gauge nails (.12 inches) anywhere from 3/4 to 1-3/4...
  • Adjustable shingle guide and depth control makes for easy...

Why Did We Like It?

This model is a simple, cheap, and effective coil roofing gun, but the product still manages to drive in round headpins. This is unique because, in spite of sticking to the basics, the designers have included this feature, which is also seen in top brands.

Furthermore, this model can fire 11-gauge nails anywhere from ¾ to 1-3/4 of an inch quite quickly. Complimenting this firing range is the adjustable shingle guide and depth control.

Both these features come together to ensure that there is comfortable shingle spacing during work. Added to this is the un-jamming feature which has plagued other products.

As a result, the designers have included a quick-release system that tries to solve the jamming problem. On top of this, the quick release also allows fast dispersal of the 120 nails that this device can hold, thereby cutting down on work time.

Finally, this product comes with hex wrenches, oil, and a carrying case.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Despite the designers’ best efforts to solve the jamming issue, this model still has a likelihood to end up being jammed. This will cause not only interruptions but may even bring work to a halt, which users may not be able to afford.

In addition, this model is not durable and may break down in the long run.



Pros

  • Affordable
  • Holds a variety of nails
  • Hard plastic case
  • Adjustable shingle guide
  • Pneumatic operating pressure system




Cons

  • Could end up being jammed
  • Not durable



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.3 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI| Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

4. MAX CN445R3 Coil Roofing Nailer

This is easily one of the most popular products on the market thanks to the range of features that this model offers. The designers have ensured that it is not just the features but the upgrades made to the product that makes this model stand out.

Most users are sure to have this product on their wishlist.

MAX USA CORP SuperRoofer CN445R3 Roofing Coil Nailer up to...
  • REDUCED TAR BUILD UP: Tar resistant nose is designed to...
  • SELF-CLEANING FILTER FOR RELIABLE OPERATIONS: The patented,...

Why Did We Like It?

There is a whole range of features that makes the MAX CN445R3 Coil Roofing Nailer a highly attractive option amongst other products. To start with, this product is fast, robust, and reliable.

All these factors can be seen in action in the tangle-free swivel plug, which, apart from solving the tangling issue also, comes in handy with a bulky hose. In addition to this, due to the nose magnet, the device seldom misfires or jams, which is a relief for buyers.

Now, the designers have also kept in mind user-friendliness by including a rubber grip. This rubber grip provides users comfort and ensures that even long working hours are not an issue.

Along with these, the product has a tear-resistant nose design that offers less downtime. This makes the model durable, which is enhanced further by the inclusion of an end cap filter.

What Could’ve Been Better?

A problem with this model is that it is slightly pricey in comparison to the other products available on the market. Since price is one of the first things buyers look at, this could backfire against the product.

Apart from this, the accuracy of the depth adjustment feature has been found wanting in some cases.



Pros

  • Tool-free depth adjustment
  • User-friendly
  • Protects from dust and debris
  • Trigger lock for safety
  • Rapid-fire trigger valve




Cons

  • Slightly pricey
  • Depth adjustment may be inaccurate in some instances



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.2 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 122 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

5. PORTER-CABLE RN175B Roofing Nailer

This nailer has been designed to give preference to the users. The designers have made sure that both professionals, as well as homeowners, can use this product with ease.

This makes the product an exciting option for most buyers while also expanding the market. Users will be glad to find the product equipped with top-notch features to ease their workload.

Porter Cable RN175C 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer
  • PORTER CABLE RN175C 15 DEGREE COIL ROOFING NAILER
  • PORTER CABLE RN175C 15 DEGREE COIL ROOFING NAILER

Why Did We Like It?

The primary focus of the PORTER-CABLE RN175B Roofing Nailer is on future buyers. Rather than packing the device with features, the designers have made sure that the tool is easy to use.

So, it is no surprise that this model has a lightweight design along with a comfortable grip that makes sure that long working hours are not an issue. To further provide a longer runtime, this model comes with an adjustable exhaust.

This makes sure that users can focus entirely on the job rather than worrying about dust and debris getting blown in their faces. Apart from these, the product has a tool-free adjustment system that provides straightforward adjustments at the turn of a dial.

Finally, the shingle guide proves to be a valuable part of users who are not that accustomed to roofing nailers. This guide ensures that even amateurs get consistent and fast results.

What Could’ve Been Better?

One of the downsides of this model is that it may backfire under certain circumstances. This could cause interruptions during work while also affecting the durability of the product.

In addition to this, the product does not include an air hose attachment.



Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Adjustable exhaust
  • User-friendly
  • Fast




Cons

  • Misfires sometimes
  • Air hose attachment not included



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 4.9 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

6. SENCO ROOF PRO 455XP Pneumatic Roofing Nail Gun

This brand has been around for a while and has done quite well in the market. Carrying the good work forward, this roofing nailer has many features that are sure to keep buyers interested.

The designers have not included any over-the-top features but have made sure that users do not miss out on anything significant.

Senco Roof Pro 455XP Nailer With Sequential Actuation...
  • This product is easy to use.
  • This product is highly durable

Why Did We Like It?

The SENCO ROOF PRO 455XP Pneumatic Roofing Nail Gun is ready to be used right out of the box. This versatile model is suited to any surface from waterproof tar paper and asphalt to even fiberglass shingles.

Even vinyl and aluminum are not safe, provided users have the right attachments. Also, though this product shares a lot of features with other models, this device is lighter and uses less air. 

This lightweight feature is due to the use of aluminum housing which makes it durable as well. The device is so light that users will not face any problems in operating this model with one hand.

What is significant is that the overall performance does not take a hit despite the upgrades. This is achieved through the power switch, which is designed to seal off the exhaust, thereby reducing air consumption without compromising on power.

What Could’ve Been Better?

A disadvantage of using this product is the depth adjustment system. This system may throw up inaccurate results from time to time, which could impact the overall performance.

Another downside is that this device may double fire, causing inconvenience during work.



Pros

  • Easy to use
  • High durability
  • 360-degree adjustable exhaust
  • Ergonomic design
  • Versatile




Cons

  • May double fire
  • Drive adjustment depth may be inaccurate



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.5 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

7. DEWALT DWFP12231

This a highly trustworthy brand that has brought numerous cutting-edge products to the market, and this model is no different. The DEWALT DWFP12231 is a brilliant example of how the designers have included the latest technology while ensuring that the basics are not overlooked.

This is one of the most popular products on the market.

DEWALT Brad Nailer Kit, 18GA, 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch, Pneumatic...
  • Long life maintenance-free motor to keep from staining the...
  • Tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper...

Why Did We Like It?

Several factors contribute to the popularity of this product. One of these is the shape of the device that has been designed to withstand heavy-duty tasks, on a daily basis.

Staying on the topic of design, the knobs on the device are infused with a dense elastomer, which makes the product easy to hold. Refilling this model is easy as well, thanks to the side-loaded container that users can open simply by tugging at the latch.

Furthermore, this model has been given a robust construction that makes it firm while also adding to the overall look of the product. Added to the durability are skid-resistant pads that provide safety and tool protection.

But the most significant thing perhaps is the cost. Despite giving users better functions and ensuring simplicity of use, the designers have kept the cost of this model reasonably low.

What Could’ve Been Better?

For all their efforts to bolster durability, the designers have still come up short, it seems. The adjustable shingle guide has shown a tendency to become loose after prolonged use, which lowers the overall performance.

Adding to this, the device also has a knack for jamming up, which is likely to affect work.



Pros

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • User-friendly
  • Designed to provide comfort
  • Wear guards for tool protection




Cons

  • May end up being jammed
  • Adjustable shingle guide may come loose



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 4.8 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

8. BOSTITCH U/BRN175 Bulldog Coil Roofing Nailer

This is the second product on our list from this brand, and like the earlier product, this model too promises to deliver on a number of fronts. This tool is a combination of performance and proper adjustment designed to cater to the user’s demands.

As the name itself suggests, this is a no-nonsense device that means business in the workstation.

BOSTITCH Roofing Nailer, Coil, 15-Degree (BRN175A)
  • Upgraded engine and feed system of the sliding nail gun...
  • Dual-door magazine of the siding nailer can be closed...

Why Did We Like It?

One of the first functions that immediately catches the eye in the BOSTITCH U/BRN175 Bulldog Coil Roofing Nailer is advanced firing. This feature ensures a smooth operation with the help of the selectable trigger.

The trigger allows users to switch between sequential and contact operations. Plus, the firing system also has a rapid firing mode that provides precise placement of nails without any hassle.  

Added to this is the carbide nose on this model, which has something called a dried fire lockout function. Now, why the designers have incorporated this because blank firing can reduce the accuracy of the device.

So, the lockout feature helps to prevent this while the carbide nose helps to quickly unjam the mechanism as well. Apart from these, the model has an adjustable 360-degree rear exhaust, which gives users the option of using the hose according to the requirements of a job.

What Could’ve Been Better?

However, there are a couple of issues with this product. For starters, the exhaust cap does tend to break off, which not only affects performance but durability as well.

Secondly, as with other models, this device, too, has an issue with the air hose jamming up.



Pros

  • Adjustable shingle guide
  • High maneuverability
  • Dried fire lockout function
  • Durable
  • Selectable trigger for firing system




Cons

  • Exhaust cap may break
  • Air hose could jam



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 8.3 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

9. RIDGID R175RNF

This model falls under the category of power nailers. So, it should not come as a surprise that users have taken a liking to this product.

The designers have incorporated a couple of unique features on this device, and it is these features that give this product the edge over others.

Ridgid R175RNF 1-3/4 in. Roofing Coil Nailer
  • Dry-fire lockout to prevent marring work surface
  • Includes: Swivel Connect, Oil, Hex Key, and No-Mar Pad

Why Did We Like It?

The primary objective of this model is on the quality of work. So, the RIDGID R175RNF has a straight drive function that enhances both drive quality as well as performance on the roof.

Following this is the EZ load feature with an offset magazine. This feature allows users to quickly load the nails to ensure that valuable work time is saved. Along with this, the nosepiece of this model serves a new function.

This nose piece is replaceable and infused with carbide inserts, which makes maintenance easy while also extending the longevity of the model. Furthermore, the product sports a tool-free shingle guide that provides for accurate placement of shingles.

Finally, this model has a magazine capacity of 120 nails and can drive nails up to ¾-inch to 1-3/4-inch long. Also, this product comes with a storage case and facilities to protect the eyes from debris during work.

What Could’ve Been Better?

One of the problems with this model is the price at which the designers are offering the features. Users may well turn their attention to other models that provide similar functions.

Added to this is the fact that the designers have not paid much attention to the durability of the device.



Pros

  • Replaceable nosepiece
  • EZ load feature offers quick loading
  • Tool-free shingle guide
  • Provides eye protection
  • Easy to maintain




Cons

  • Slightly pricey
  • Not very durable



Power Source: Pneumatic | Weight: 5.6 lbs | Nail Size Range: 3/4" - 1-3/4" | Nail Capacity: 120 nails | Operating Pressure: 70 - 120 PSI | Depth Adjustment: Yes | Magazine Type: Side Load

Best Roofing Nailers Comparison Table

ProductPower SourceWeightNail Size RangeNail CapacityOperating PressureDepth AdjustmentMagazine Type
HITACHI NV45AB2 Roofing NailerPneumatic5.5 lbs7/8" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
BOSTITCH RN46-1 Coil Roofing Nail GunPneumatic5.8 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
WEN 61783 Coil Roofing NailerPneumatic5.3 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
MAX CN445R3 Coil Roofing NailerPneumatic5.2 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"122 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
PORTER-CABLE RN175B Roofing NailerPneumatic4.9 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
SENCO ROOF PRO 455XP Pneumatic Roofing Nail GunPneumatic5.5 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
DEWALT DWFP12231Pneumatic4.8 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
BOSTITCH U/BRN175 Bulldog Coil Roofing NailerPneumatic8.3 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load
RIDGID R175RNAPneumatic5.6 lbs3/4" - 1-3/4"120 nails70 - 120 PSIYesSide Load

Buying Guide For The Best Roofing Nailer

Just as there are a lot of products on the market, similarly, a lot of information is readily available. Buyers today have a clear idea of the type of product they need, but at the same time, several products fit the bill.

What is essential is to have in mind what is it that makes a roofing nailer worth buying. Our list of the 9 Best Roof Nailers for 2023 has been carefully crafted, keeping in mind factors that cannot be done away with.

The following points will offer a clear idea of what makes certain roof nailers better than the rest:

  1. Durability

To pick out the best roof nailer, users first and foremost have to look at its strength. A roofing nailer is almost certainly going to be used not only on different surfaces but also in different conditions.

The ideal roofing nailer needs to have a sturdy design so that users can get the most out of any product. When buyers spend money to buy any device, they expect the model to be long-lasting.

Not just that, but the product should be able to tackle long working hours consistently. Working on the roof or shed is a difficult job, and only the most robust products will manage to survive the demands.

  1. Versatility

Being long-lasting is one aspect, but, in this day and age, designers cannot afford to make their products one-dimensional. Any roofing nailer should be able to cater to different surfaces.

Just as a roof or a shed may be built of different materials, a roofing nailer should be ready to tackle any surface. The device should be able to penetrate most surfaces and that too with ease.

There is no point in having a particular model if it takes a long time to pierce the material. The device should be fast and efficient so that work can continue unhindered.

  1. Ease of Use

Lastly, the most critical factor while picking out a roofing nailer or any other device for that matter is user-friendliness. Designers need to remember that these products are for the users in order to ease their workload.

A machine can have any number of features, but if the users struggle to find out how they work, then there is no point. While having numerous functions sounds good, they may end up making the device complicated and challenging to navigate.

Users prefer a product that is easy to use because working on the roof is hard in itself. They do not need the additional headache of trying to figure out how a particular feature works or the impact a particular function has.

Things should be kept simple, and users should feel comfortable operating the product.

Roofing Nailers FAQ's

  • What are the benefits of using a roofing nailer?

    Using a roofing nailer offers several benefits, including increased speed and efficiency, reduced labor and fatigue, improved accuracy, and a more secure and consistent nail placement. It also helps to minimize damage to roofing materials.

  • What types of roofing nailers are available?

    There are primarily three types of roofing nailers: pneumatic (air-powered) roofing nailers, cordless (battery-powered) roofing nailers, and gas-powered roofing nailers. Each type has its advantages and considerations, such as power source, portability, and cost.

  • Can a roofing nailer be used for other projects besides roofing?

    Yes, roofing nailers can be versatile tools suitable for various construction and woodworking projects that require fastening with nails. However, it’s important to ensure that the nailer is compatible with the specific type and length of nails required for the project.

  • Are there any safety precautions to follow when using a roofing nailer?

    Yes, safety precautions are crucial when using a roofing nailer. Always wear appropriate protective gear, such as safety glasses and gloves. Keep your fingers away from the nailer’s contact area, maintain a secure grip, and be cautious of the tool’s exhaust. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines for safe operation.

  • Can I rent a roofing nailer instead of buying one?

    Yes, many home improvement and tool rental stores offer roofing nailers for rent. Renting can be a cost-effective solution for occasional or one-time use. However, if you anticipate frequent roofing projects, investing in a quality roofing nailer may be more beneficial in the long run.

  • a roofer laying tile on the roof

    Conclusion

    Choosing the best roofing nailer can be a daunting task, considering the numerous options available in the market. However, after careful analysis of the various features, performance, and user reviews, we have narrowed it down to the top three expert recommendations.

    From the above 9 best roofing nailers, here are the top three expert recommendations:

    The Hitachi NV45AB2 is an ideal option for those looking for versatility in multiple firing modes and a reliable, user-friendly design.

    On the other hand, the BOSTITCH RN46-1 is a good option for users appreciating the Zero Nail Lockout feature, which enhances accuracy and speed during the nailing process.

    Lastly, the WEN 61783 is the right choice for those seeking a simple, lightweight, and affordable roofing nailer without compromising on essential features.

    Based on your requirements and preferences, choose one of these top-rated roofing nailers to enhance efficiency, safety, and achieve the desired results with ease.

    Related Article

    Freeman PFR2190 Framing Nailer Review + Buyer’s Guide

    9 Best Pin Nailer  

    13 Best Finish Nailers for Woodworking 

    5 Best Nail Gun Brands  

    What Size Nails Do You Need for Framing?

    Pin Nailer vs. Brad Nailer 101 | Key Differences, Advantages & Disadvantages

    What Size Finishing Nails For Baseboards?

    9 Best Framing Nailer  

    11 Best Nail Gun For Fencing