Nail pops can be frustrating for homeowners, particularly when they occur in hard-to-hide spots. Even worse, they could allow rainwater into the sheathing and cause leaks or interior damage if left unattended.
Nail pops are more prevalent in older homes because nails were used instead of screws when installing drywall, but they can occur in newer ones as well. This article will address how to deal with these annoying roof imperfections.
1. Remove the Damaged Shingles
Over time, houses can settle slightly and shift underfoot, pushing on nails and causing them to pop loose from roof decking or trusses and pop off altogether. Nail pops may also indicate that the shingles are not being fastened securely.
No matter if a nail has poked through or the entire shingle has come loose, it is wise to get this issue taken care of immediately. Water entering through a hole can create water damage, ceiling stains and mold problems in your house. Professional roofing companies are best placed to assess this problem and advise the most cost-effective course of action for repairing it quickly with minimum disruption to other parts of the roof and complying with building codes; their repairs should also protect future nail pops by suggesting high quality shingles with appropriate installation techniques as well.
2. Hammer in a New Nail
Nail pops are typically caused by incorrect roof installation. While it’s understandable that an incorrect installation might occur, it is still nearly impossible to place every nail correctly during an install process. Nails that are too short cannot properly anchor shingles onto wood underlays which subsequently rise up over time as their expansion and contraction occur due to daily weather fluctuations.
Lack of nail integrity may also result in leakage issues; therefore, nail pops should be repaired as soon as they appear during regular roof inspections.
When it comes to nail pop repairs, calling in professional roofers is your best bet. A local roofing company will be able to effectively address this issue quickly while also taking steps to address any underlying problems – helping prevent future nail pops from occurring and saving homeowners money in unnecessary repairs or replacement costs. Furthermore, taking action as soon as nail pops appear may prevent interior damages such as water stains and mold growth from developing further.
3. Seal the Hole
Nail pops can cause leakage into homes through holes left by nails that pop off, leading to water entering through and seeping through roof underlayment and into homes – potentially leading to mold growth and structural damage as a result.
Nail holes can be filled quickly and cost-effectively with roofing cement available at most large home improvement stores, offering an immediate solution that won’t require future replacement. Unfortunately, however, this patch won’t remain long term and may need to be reapplied at some point in the future.
Nail pops may seem like an insignificant nuisance at first, but they should never be ignored. Nail pops can be an early indicator of more serious problems and need to be repaired promptly before they cause further damage to your roof and home. If you spot nail pops in your roof, contact a professional roofing expert as soon as possible and allow them to inspect it and identify the source of the issue and recommend an effective course of action for restoration.
4. Reinstall the Shingles
An innocent nail pop may seem harmless enough, but if left unattended it could quickly turn into the start of a roof leak. Rainwater and melting snow find any way in through these entry points through your roof to seep through and ultimately lead to ceiling spots or rotted sheathing due to water seeping into these spaces.
Nail pops can occur due to fluctuating temperatures or natural movement on a roof deck, improper installation techniques or when nails are too short – factors which contribute to nail popping.
If a nail pop occurs near the house, replacing it may be possible with a new shingle. Use a pry bar to expose the row of nails securing the damaged shingle before lifting it up using your pry bar and setting one nail about an inch above its current location in order to provide stronger hold into wood, slide in your new shingle and secure it with remaining nails to avoid future nail pops.