National Nail has partnered with the GAF Roofing Academy’s Hire A Hero program to provide technical instruction to United States military veterans looking to become professional roofers. Launched nearly two years ago, the initiative has graduated more than 50 individuals with a 100% placement rate. As part of this effort, National Nail, a manufacturer of fastening tools for roofing underlayment and house wrap, has provided STINGER CN100 pneumatic cap nailing tools for classroom training use and has committed to presenting a CN100 to every student upon their graduation from the program.
The academy was launched by GAF in partnership with ProTrain™ and includes four weeks of 144 hours of training taught six times per year. Presently taught at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington State, this is the only base in the nation that presently conducts this Career Skills Program, but they are working on expanding to Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The course includes a comprehensive steep-slope roof training and introduction to commercial roofing, with hands-on hot air welding training emphasis. Both are conducted on class training decks.
To date, National Nail has donated more than 50 STINGER CN100 pneumatic cap nailing tools to the GAF Roofing Academy. The CN100 is used by roofing professionals nationwide due to its safety and speed, which reduces the time and labor needed to secure building envelopes. In addition to meeting or exceeding product warranties and codes, the CN100 weighs only 4.9 lbs., shoots up to five nails per second, and has a tool-free depth adjustment. Stinger NailPac® provides 200 nails and caps per load, which allows for reloading at the same time. One 2,000-count carton of NailPac will cover approximately 25-30 squares based on manufacturer’s required fastening pattern.