Monday, June 5th, 2023

13 Best Roofing Nailers of 2022

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

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 13 best roofing nailers of 2022 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

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  1. HITACHI NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer

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.

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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 which 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, 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 features on offer. Also, this model does not have an additional trigger, which users will have to buy separately.

  • Rapid-fire automatic function
  • Rubber grip provides comfort
  • User-friendly
  • Safe
  • Fast
  • Expensive
  • Additional trigger not included
  1. BOSTITCH RN46-1 Coil Roofing Nail Gun

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.

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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.

  • Fast
  • Zero Nail Lockout feature
  • Efficient
  • Reliable
  • Contact tip automatic firing
  • May end up jamming
  • Bounce mode could be a problem
  1. WEN 61783 Coil Roofing Nailer

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.

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  • 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.

  • Affordable
  • Holds a variety of nails
  • Hard plastic case
  • Adjustable shingle guide
  • Pneumatic operating pressure system
  • Could end up being jammed
  • Not durable
  1. 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.

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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.

  • Tool-free depth adjustment
  • User-friendly
  • Protects from dust and debris
  • Trigger lock for safety
  • Rapid-fire trigger valve
  • Slightly pricey
  • Depth adjustment may be inaccurate in some instances
  1. 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 RN175B Roofing Nailer
  • The product is Coil Roofing Nailer
  • Easy to use

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.

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Adjustable exhaust
  • User-friendly
  • Fast
  • Misfires sometimes
  • Air hose attachment not included
  1. 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.

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  • 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.

  • Easy to use
  • High durability
  • 360-degree adjustable exhaust
  • Ergonomic design
  • Versatile
  • May double fire
  • Drive adjustment depth may be inaccurate
  1. 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.

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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.

  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • User-friendly
  • Designed to provide comfort
  • Wear guards for tool protection
  • May end up being jammed
  • Adjustable shingle guide may come loose
  1. PowRyte 11 Gauge Air Coil Roofing Nailer

The PowRyte 11 Gauge Air Coil Roofing Nailer is a really cool model with a number of delightful features. The designers have tweaked some of the regular functions of the roofing nailer, which makes this product modern as well as reliable.

Undoubtedly, one of the top products in the market, the response from the users, has also been positive.

Why Did We Like It?

This model features exterior drywall, an insulation board, and fiber cement applications. But the important part is that the device is still very affordable in spite of all these functions.

Coming to the finer aspects, the depth adjustment wheel is an exciting feature and helps to drive the nails to a perfect depth for quality work. Added to this, is the adjustable shingle guide that provides quick shingle spacing.

Along with these, the product is incorporated with a carbide-tipped nose piece. This nose piece ensures the model has much-needed durability by reducing wear and tear.

Complimenting the nose piece is the adjustable exhaust that can rotate 360 degrees and helps to protect the device against debris, dust, and oil. On top of that, the nose assembly can be easily removed for maintenance work or to clear the gun. 

Furthermore, the designers have paid attention to safety and security by including skid-resistant pad guards.

What Could’ve Been Better?

There are a few causes for concern while using this model. For one, this product does have a knack of jamming up. This not only affects work but is a time-consuming problem to solve as well.

Also, the designers have not been able to do a satisfactory job when it comes to longevity.

  • Carbide-tipped nosepiece
  • Safe
  • Comfortable to use
  • 360-degree adjustable exhaust
  • Depth adjustment wheel
  • Propensity to jam
  • Not durable
  1. 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 BRN175 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer
  • Selectable trigger allows the tool to be switched between...
  • Depth adjust wheel helps drive nails to the proper depth

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 is 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.

  • Adjustable shingle guide
  • High maneuverability
  • Dried fire lockout function
  • Durable
  • Selectable trigger for firing system
  • Exhaust cap may break
  • Air hose could jam
  1. Grip-Rite GRTCR175 Grip-Rite Coil Roofing Nailer

This device looks more like a blender than a roofing nailer, but as we know, looks can be deceiving. There is a reason this model features on this list, as it offers users the quality of work they so desire.

The designers have built this product to be a perfect combination of unique and comfortable features.

Grip-Rite GRTCR175 Grip-Rite Coil Roofing Nailer
  • Rotating belt hook
  • Lightweight magnesium housing

Why Did We Like It?

The Grip-Rite GRTCR175 Grip-Rite Coil Roofing Nailer is constructed with high-quality magnesium. While this looks good, the magnesium adds to the sturdiness and durability of the product.

The magnesium ensures that users can use the product on a consistent basis for even long hours without worrying about longevity. Now, coming to the internal workings of the device, we find a 360-degree adjustable exhaust.

This exhaust helps to direct the airflow away from the inline and the workstation, thereby allowing users to work with ease. Complementing this is the adjustable shingling feature that provides consistency.

However, shingling has an added advantage as well thanks to the shingle guide. This guide improves versatility, along with increased maneuverability, so that users can place nails even in tight corners.  

Further adding to the versatility is a regulating dial gauge that allows users to adjust the nailing according to different materials.  

What Could’ve Been Better?

Despite all the features, this product does not do well when it comes to hard surfaces. This has an impact on the versatility of the product as users may prefer a model suited to different surfaces.

Apart from this, the product is not particularly user-friendly as well.

  • Lightweight
  • Tool-free depth adjustment
  • Durable
  • High nailing capacity
  • Dual feed system
  • Not suited for hard surfaces
  • Not very user-friendly
  1. MILWAUKEE Coil Roofing Nailer

This model has the right blend of looks and functions so that the product makes all the right noises in the marketplace. The designers have focused a lot on versatility and maneuverability, which is sure to please the buyers.

This device ensures that users are rewarded with consistent performance.

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Why Did We Like It?

The MILWAUKEE Coil Roofing Nailer has a simple name, but the features are excellent. To start, the device sports a quality magnesium housing that provides much-needed versatility and longevity.  

But the designers have made sure that the magnesium housing does not affect the weight of the model. So, this product has a considerably lighter frame as compared to other models that provide users with comfort.

Also, like Bostitch’s Bulldog Coil Roofing Nailer, this model, too, has a dry fire lockout facility. This feature ensures that even when the chamber is empty, the device does not automatically dry fire, thereby helping to maintain accuracy.

Furthermore, to make the product versatile, the device has a driving depth adjustment facility. This facility is compatible with several types of materials so that users can puncture a hole into most surfaces with considerable ease.  

Finally, the model is equipped with both sequential and bump firing modes that provide a smooth finish.

What Could’ve Been Better?

There are specific issues with the performance of this product. Firstly, this may not be the most versatile model as the exhaust tends to jam up during heavy-duty work.

Along with this, the product vibrates quite a bit as well, which could hamper the delicate finish some users need.

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Carbide nose is replaceable
  • Dry fire lockout facility
  • Depth adjustment driving
  • Exhaust may jam during heavy-duty work
  • Vibrates quite a bit

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 R175RNA 21163 1-3/4-Inch Coil Roofing Nailer
  • This item is GUN, PNEU 1-3/4" ROOF NAILER 21163
  • This product is used for power-finish-nailers

Why Did We Like It?

The primary objective of this model is on the quality of work. So, the RIDGID R175RNA 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.

  • Replaceable nosepiece
  • EZ load feature offers quick loading
  • Tool-free shingle guide
  • Provides eye protection
  • Easy to maintain
  • Slightly pricey
  • Not very durable
  1. CRAFTSMAN 18180

Working solo around the house, do you not want to feel like a craftsman? If you agree, then this is the model for you as every good craftsman needs a reliable assistant.

The designers have equipped this model with a series of exciting features that will make working on the roof look quite natural.

Craftsman 18180 Coil Roofing Nailer
  • 360 deg. directional exhaust
  • Air tool operates in bounce fire mode

Why Did We Like It?

The CRAFTSMAN 18180 offers a range of features that can easily rival the top brands. This device comes with a hard-shell protective carrying case, something that is rarely seen in other products.

Furthermore, this device shoots ¾-inch to 1-3/4-inch standard 15-degree coil framing nails with relative ease. After work, the nails can be stored in the canister of the model.

Apart from these, the model has a 360-degree multi-directional exhaust port that directs air away from the workplace, allowing users to work with ease. In addition, the product includes a 4mm Allen wrench and onboard storage for the same.

This makes the model compact, and the magnesium housing ensures that the device is lightweight as well. Along with this, the designers have focused on providing maximum comfort to the users by having a rubber handle.

The rubber handle provides a better grip and makes sure that long working hours are not an issue.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Since this model uses an automatic firing gun, there could be some problems with the firing from time to time. In instances, the device could shoot two nails, which is likely to affect performance and reduce the magazine’s capacity.

Also, this model is not particularly suited to heavy-duty work, so a section of buyers may opt for other products.

  • Comfortable
  • Hard shell protective carrying case
  • 15-degree coil framing nails
  • Durable
  • Adjustable depth control
  • Firing could be a problem
  • Not suited for heavy-duty work

Roofing Nailer Buyers’ Guide

Just as there are a lot of products on the market, similarly, there is a lot of information that 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 13 Best Roof Nailers for 2022 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.

a roofer laying tile on the roof


Roofing nailers have become an essential part of household chores.

Just as the troubles never completely go away, in the same way, brands have to keep on innovating to launch the best products continually. Designing a capable and efficient product is one thing, but ensuring that the product is worthy of holding a good position in the market is the real challenge.

Our list today picked out the best from the best products so that you can make an informed choice. Having looked at many models, the MAX CN445R3 Coil Roofing Nailer and the HITACHI NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer are both attractive options if you do not mind paying a little extra.

On the other hand, the CRAFTSMAN 18180 can be the model best suited to you, if you plan on using the device for light work.

All said and done; we hope this list will help you choose the product most capable of solving your roofing problems.

Till next time!

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