Impact Drivers vs Drill for Metal Roofing

The metal roofing industry has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years. Many people are turning to metal because it is durable, lasts much longer than asphalt shingles, and will not be affected by hail damage. However, the installation process can be complicated for those without experience or knowledge of using tools.

Which tool should you use when installing your new metal roof? This question may seem simple at first glance, but many variables come into play when answering this question.

We will explore the two standard tools used during installation: impact drivers vs. drill drivers.

Impact Drivers

Impact drivers are a popular choice for many contractors and homeowners because they can deliver a lot of torque. This is perfect for driving screws into metal panels, as the extra force will help to secure the screw in place. 

However, one significant downside to using impact drivers when installing metal roofs is their tendency to damage the panels. Because of the tremendous force they generate, impact drivers can easily dent or even puncture metal panels. This is why they are not typically recommended for use with metal roofs.

The downside to impact drivers is that their high speed and force can easily damage the metal. If you’re not careful, you can quickly gouge or dent the panels with an impact driver. In addition, the screws themselves can be easily damaged if they are not correctly countersunk into the panel.

Drill Drivers

Drill drivers are safer when installing metal roofs because they do not generate as much force as impact drivers. This means that there is less of a chance of damage to the panels, and they also have less of a chance of slipping out while driving screws. Drill drivers are not as powerful, so their torque is much lower than that of an impact driver. 

The low torque generated by drill drivers means that you will need more time when installing your metal roof.

Drill drivers are designed with a traditional drill bit at the end. This bit is used to create holes in the metal before you drive in your screws. Drill drivers also have a gearbox that helps increase torque, necessary when drilling through metal.

Drill drivers tend to be slower than impact drivers, but they are much more gentle on the metal. They are also less likely to damage the screws, making them a better choice for projects where precision is critical.

When it comes to installing metal roofs, there are two main tools that you can use: impact drivers and drill drivers. Both have their own set of pros and cons, so it can be challenging to decide which one is right for your project. In general, we recommend using a drill driver whenever possible. Impact drivers are great for quickly driving screws into panels, but their force can easily damage the metal. Drill drivers may take longer to use, but they will help you avoid costly damages to your roof.

If you are looking for a more powerful tool, we recommend using an impact driver. Just be sure to take extra caution when working with metal roofs- these drivers can easily cause damage if you’re not careful. However, installing a metal roof can be a breeze with the right tools and knowledge.


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