Blind nailing: A little American know-how creates a new installation technique for ONDUVILLA®

We introduced ONDUVILLA® to the North American market just over a year ago and already a home-grown adaption has evolved that speeds up an already quick installation process. It has a cool name too – blind nailing.

The blind nailing technique to install ONDUVILLA is a simple, four-step process:

  • Step 1: Measure out the roof and run chalk lines for the rows of ONDUVILLA shingles.
  • Step 2: Lay out the first row while lining up the ridges so one tile locks in with the other.
  • Step 3: Use a nail gun with a typical shingle nail in the valley in between the overlapping guides to hold tiles in place. Then place next shingle and continue.
  • Step 4: Repeat and continue until side of house finished. Come back and finish the tiles with ONDUVILLA roofing nails on the corrugations.  ONDUVILLA roofing nails come with gaskets to complete the SealSmart™ system, and must be hammered in by hand.

Why would a roofing contractor prefer blind nailing? It allows them to still use a nail gun and normal roofing tacks to quickly set the ONDUVILLA shingles. Since they are twice the size of most asphalt shingles and much more lightweight, they cover more area and are easier to handle. Once they are secure, an assistant can go back and hammer in the ONDUVILLA nails to complete the SealSmart™ system – allowing the contractor to move onto another job.

Stay tuned because up next, we’ll be sharing some of the roofing trends we heard about while on the road over the past six weeks at different trade shows across the country. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook, and if there’s a topic you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comment section below.