Nails holding down your shingles shouldn’t protrude out of the wall or ceiling, yet these irritating protrusions are unfortunately all too often seen. This could be due to improper installation, temperature fluctuations or other environmental factors.
Addressing nail pops promptly is key to avoiding roof leaks. Consulting a roofing specialist is recommended, who will repair any nail pops while simultaneously making sure that sheathing is adequately secured.
Remove the Damaged Shingles
Environmental stresses can dislodge standard roofing shingles, particularly during high winds. Daily temperature fluctuations cause the sheathing to expand and contract, forcing nails up through it and creating nail pops.
Do it yourselfers can climb onto their roof (secure a ladder and wear boots with traction) to pry out offending shingle nails with the claw side of their hammer and remove them with prying tools, replacing it, then placing new nails approximately one inch higher than before.
Now is an excellent opportunity to apply a waterproof sealant over any holes where nails were driven, helping protect shingles and sheathing from further moisture intrusion damage. Additionally, using colorful granules over the sealant will conceal its presence for added visual interest.
Apply a Shingle Adhesive Sealer
Nail pops occur when nails used to secure your roof’s wood sheathing protrude out due to daily and ongoing expansion and contraction of its wood sheathing, working loose and forcing their rise, as a result of which regular inspections must be conducted to detect nail pops before any serious problems develop.
Another cause of nail pops can be using inappropriate nails; specifically ring shank nails instead of smooth shank ones may lead to them popping out. Nail length is also crucial; too short nails won’t anchor to shingles or sheathing properly and lead to nail pops.
Important to keep in mind is that nail pops may seem minor but can actually indicate more widespread roof issues. Early identification and resolution will save costly repairs, leaks and interior damages down the line while safeguarding your home’s longevity and protecting its interior integrity.
Apply a Shingle Patch
Nail pops on your roof might seem like minor problems, but if left unattended they can quickly lead to water damage in your home. When a nail pop occurs it should always be addressed promptly by calling in an expert roofing service who will assess and identify its source in order to fix and prevent future nail pops from forming.
Nails may break for many different reasons, including daily temperature variations, incorrect nail lengths or installation mistakes. Furthermore, nails may come loose during storms or strong winds and be dislodged completely from their positions.
Some homeowners attempt to repair nail pops themselves, but this is generally not recommended. Instead, professional roofers are best placed to provide repairs that adhere to building codes and safety standards and comply with building codes/safety standards as well as assess any underlying issues which might be contributing to nail pops on roofs – and suggest the most suitable course of action for repair.
Repair the Drywall
Hammering back the nail might seem like an effective temporary fix; however, On The Roof Contracting’s roofing experts offer more lasting solutions that can prevent future nail pops.
After taking down the shingles, it is wise to remove any loose insulation as this will protect the attic from moisture damage and reduce leakage risks in the future.
Drywall nail pops are more prevalent in older homes that favored nail installation over screws for mounting the drywall, while newer homes built and renovated since 1970s typically utilize screws instead of nails to secure their drywall panels.
Mix a small batch of 20-minute setting-type joint compound until it resembles peanut butter, then spread a thin coat across the indentation using a putty knife. Allow this coat to dry before sanding the area smooth before applying another thin coat of compound.