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A Roofing Debate

Nails or Staples?

We at Chase Construction NW, Inc. have been installing quality roofs around the Puget Sound for 15 years now, and have experience in a wide variety of roofing applications. We have seen a lot of debates in the roofing industry on different practices of installation, and today we are going to address one. The debate of nails vs staples is a hot one, and we definitely have an opinion! Both are approved by roofing manufacturers depending on what area you are in, but which one is better?

Applying shingles with staples.

staples or nailsLet’s start with staples. Some roofers love them, some hate them, some are surprised that they are even still around for shingle installation. As far as ease of use and cost, staples are in the lead. It is much easier hauling around a much lighter staple gun vs a heavier nail gun, even the staples are easier to carry than the nails (as you can see from the picture to the right). Staples are also great for tearing off a roof because they come right up (that’s not a good thing). Yes, staples are easy to use, but it is difficult to install them properly. Staples must be put in in a straight line, and holding the staple gun straight is awkward and unnatural for the human hand resulting in crooked staples. When the staple is improperly installed, the result is a less than ideal wind rating, and the shingle is easily dislodged from the roof. Staples were very popular in the 80’s and 90’s, but since, they have been rejected by building codes due to the swarm of problems due to improper installation.

staples or nails

Using nails to install your shingles.

Using nails for your installation is more costly due to the cost of the nails themselves, and the fact that nail guns are heavier and more cumbersome to load. But they are easier and take less time to install, they hold the shingle more effectively, and will not void your warranty! Because of the shape of a nail vs a staple, you don’t have to worry about holding the gun straight like with a staple gun, it is impossible to install a crooked nail. Did I Burien Roofing Contractorsmention the not voiding your warranty part? Most manufacturers do not allow staples because of the fact that they do not hold in high winds, and they are so commonly installed improperly. We understand that a new roof is expensive, but so is a long series of repairs, and a shortened lifespan of the roof due to inferior products and installation. It is generally thought of among quality roofing contractors that staples are used by those that are more worried about their bottom line than the quality of workmanship.


Need A New Roof?

At Chase Construction, NW Inc. we care about our customers and the quality of the roof they are getting! We are Master Elite® Roofers (one of only 11 in Washington State), and are trained and certified in a wide variety of roofing systems. And with 15 years under our belt, we have plenty of experience! When you choose us for your installation, you are getting quality and know how. Schedule your free estimate today and let us show you what we can do to help you protect your greatest asset! Contact us at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form! We look forward to working with you!

The Solvent-Free Alternative to Replacing Your Weathered Roof.

Silicone Roof Coating with Gaco Western

I think it’s safe to say that it rains here in Washington, a lot. And in the roofing business, we take waterproofing seriously. That is why we rely on Gaco Western for some of our waterproofing needs! And with GacoFlex S20 we get solvent-free 100% silicone coating.

“Whether your roof is large or small, flat or sloped, GacoFlex S20 Series Solvent-Free 100% Silicone Roof Coatings provide a proven, guaranteed solution for renewing your weathered and leaking roof. They can be applied to virtually any existing roof to create a durable, glossy, seamless membrane that seals and protects against permanent ponding water, ultraviolet light and severe weather.”

GacoFlex by Gaco Western

The Benefits of GacoFlex S20

  •  This is a 100% silicone product, meaning a single component elastomeric coating. For renewing your weathered, leaky roof, this product is ideal!
  • 95% of what is in the can, stays on the roof because of it’s high solids.
  • This product is easy to work with and can be applied to a wide variety of roofs including a variety of substrates, creating a seamless membrane. It can also be rained on within 2 hours of application, making it’s workability a great benefit!
  • Being the only roof coating that is FM Approved, GacoFlex S20 does not change the FM rating for fire, wind and hail.
  • Carrying a 50 Year Limited Material Warranty, this product has decades of proven performance!
  • Because S20 can withstand permanent ponding water, it is a great solution for flat roofs.
  • Because this product can be applied on top of other roofing systems, it saves the time and money that it would take to perform a tear off.

Chase Construction uses Gaco Western Silicone

We love Gaco Western!

We are of course trained and certified to work with Gaco S20 and we recommend it as much as possible to qualifying projects. We even recorded one of them! Check out the video below to see our expert crew applying Gaco S20 to a commercial roof in Seattle! If you are interested in roof coating, or any other roofing material, give us a call! We will give you a free estimate and recommend the right product for your project! Call us at 253.445.8950, or fill out our quick estimate form today!

Check out our video on the GacoFlex S20 Roof System!