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Hammer Time Roofing
5710 High Point Rd 235
GreensboroNC 27407
Why We Hand-Nail


When you’re choosing a roofing contractor, we want you to picture this scenario: a roofer on a steep slope, in the heat of the day, holding a heavy nail gun, working as fast as he can. His goal is to hit an inch-wide nailing strip, taking care to ensure the nail will be properly driven and not crooked – every time! This doesn’t sound very likely, right? That's why we hand-nail our roofs. If you had the choice between a hand-nailed roof and a roof that could be installed incorrectly with a nail gun for the same price, why not choose peace of mind and quality?

We’ve taken the time to list the main issues with using nail guns to emphasize the importance of our roofing method. The problem is, most of the issues do not make an appearance until after your workmanship warranty has expired, and then there is the chance of invalidating your warranty with the shingle manufacturer. Contact us today to learn more about our process or for a free estimate on our next roof installation.

We proudly offer hand-nailed roofs in Winston Salem, NC; Burlington, NC; Clemmons, NC; Oak Ridge, NC; Lexington, NC; High Point, NC; Kernersville, NC; Mebane, NC; Summerfield, NC; Greensboro, NC; and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free estimate!

Over-Driven Nails

Your roof will go through a lot throughout its life, so why start the wear and tear early? When pressurized incorrectly, roofing nail guns can drive nails right through shingles, leaving gaps that rain, snow, and other types of moisture can seep into. These gaps also make your roofing susceptible to wind and other storm damage. Over-driving is practically impossible when hand-nailing, as the head of the hammer strikes the shingle and its momentum is arrested.

Side-Driven Nails

Over-driving isn’t the only danger presented by nail guns. Hasty firing or lazily lined up shots lead to side-driven nails whose sharp edges can cut through your shingles. The sharp edge of the nail head cuts through the shingle above and tears the one below, causing a leak or worse. Side-driven nails may also lift the edges of your shingles, creating a gap for moisture to enter or wind to take hold and rip off entire rows.

Under-Driven Nails

Just as too much pressure on your roofing gun can be a bad thing, too little pressure creates unique problems. Under-driven nails pierce shingles without fully driving into the roof and sealing their head around the shingle, just ready for water to seep into. What’s more, these shingles are not properly anchored, making them easier blown off.

Missing The Nail Strip

When an inexperienced or hurried roofer uses a nail gun, he can regularly miss the nailing strip, which is a reinforced strip used to secure a row of shingles to your roof. In this situation, you’ll have some shingles that don’t get secured to your structure, making them easy to slide out or blow off. Additionally, nails inserted too low may be exposed to the elements, causing them to rust and break.

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