How To Use A Roofing Nailer With An Air Compressor

Using a roofing nailer with an air compressor is an efficient way to complete your roofing project. A roofing nailer is designed specifically for roofing applications, and it uses air pressure to drive nails into the roof. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to use a roofing nailer with an air compressor.

Step 1: Choose the right air compressor

Before using a roofing nailer with an air compressor, ensure you have the right air compressor for your project. A portable air compressor with a minimum of 2.0 CFM at 90 PSI is recommended for powering a roofing nailer.

Step 2: Set up the air compressor

Attach the appropriate air fitting to the air compressor, and then connect it to the roofing nailer. Make sure the air compressor is set to the recommended air pressure for your roofing nailer. Typically, roofing nailers require a pressure of 70 to 120 PSI.

Step 3: Load the nails

Choose the right nails for your project and load them into the roofing nailer’s magazine. Ensure the magazine is full and properly loaded, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4: Prepare the roof

Prepare the roof surface by removing any debris and ensuring the surface is clean and dry. Ensure the roof surface is flat and level, and any protruding nails or staples are removed.

Step 5: Position the roofing nailer

Position the roofing nailer at the correct angle to the roof surface. Hold the nailer firmly with both hands and align the nailer’s tip with the area where you want to drive the nail.

Step 6: Activate the roofing nailer

Press the trigger to activate the roofing nailer, which will drive the nail at the correct angle and depth into the roof. Ensure the nail is flush with the surface of the roof.

Step 7: Repeat the process

Repeat the process for the next section of the roof, ensuring the nailer is positioned correctly and the nails are driven in at the right angle and depth. Keep repeating this process until the entire roof is complete.

Step 8: Adjust the air pressure If necessary

Adjust the air pressure on the air compressor to achieve the desired depth of the nail. You can increase the pressure to drive the nail deeper or decrease it to avoid overdriving the nail.


In conclusion, using a roofing nailer with an air compressor is a quick and efficient way to complete your roofing project. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, wear appropriate safety gear, and take breaks as needed to rest your hands and prevent fatigue. With the right tools and techniques, you can complete your roofing project with ease.


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