The inspection of my new house reveiled some exposed nails on the
shingles. How serious of a problem is this, and how far should I go
with the contractor to fix it? Right now he is saying it is not a
You might find exposed nails on a flashing or vent adapter, but a
competent inspector wouldn't blink at that. It does have some earmarks
of a less than expert roofing job. Get a second opinion from a non
related roofer with a good reputation if you can. Good luck.
Someone did a hack repair on the roof. It might have been hacked to
replace shingle(s) lost to wind or a falling limb, or it might be a
poorly patched roof penetration. Check it out from the attic side to
see what they were patching. It might have been an old vent location
or some such.
It's a _NEW_ house acceptance inspection apparently...
Sounds like the installer got in too big a hurry and got a few nailed
Only 17 nails in a whole roof isn't much although strictly speaking of
course there shouldn't be any.
They'll probably do worse trying to repair it than it will be to simply
use a little roof cement over them and go on for that few if they're
scattered around hither and yon.
If they're all in one area so could remove/replace a small contiguous
area and get 'em all, then you might consider having them do so.
Otherwise, the damage done trying to replace a single shingle here and
there probably outweighs the likelihood of these ever being a real problem.
I read it the other way, but it is unclear whether it is a new new
house or a new to the OP house.
I think the roofer was probably hammered.
It only takes one nail to cause a leak. The OP has a potential
Well, that depends on the shingles. Three tabs are easy to pull and
repair. Laminated are a bit tougher, but a competent roofer who had a
slate ripper would have no problem either way.
I would tend to agree with the assessment. Pull the nails, neatly
fill the nail holes with roofing cement (caulking gun), and press some
shingle granules (enough will usually be found in the gutter) into the
roofing cement to protect the roof caulk and make the holes disappear.
That's a really curious arrangement. Are all of the nails on the same
row and in a continuous run of shingles? I've seen nails run off
course due to operator error, but usually they realize it as soon as
they put a shingle in on the row above.
I'm now starting to wonder if there's a problem with the sheathing and
they were trying to keep the problem from telegraphing through the
Have you investigated up in the attic? What did you see?
Yes, I talked to the young guy who was the roofing subcontractor, and
he said "You can't do this without having a few exporsed nails since
you only have a small line to put them in!" He was acting like he
knew it all!
Brand new house? If the builder won't replace each compromised
shingle, I'd hire my own roofer to repair the damage, and deduct my
roofer's charges. The builder should be amenable to having his own
roofer make repairs however. I'd recommend removing each offending
nail, and slipping an aluminum flashing card under the tab with the
nail hole so water will run out onto the underlying shingle. Maybe
lift a tab above the repair to drive a nail into the shingle through
the flasher to keep it in place. Tom
The guy who roofed my old house has agreed to try and replace each of
the shingles with exposed nails, but he said he has to get it on the
right day, or the shingles will want to tear when he tries to release
them from their seal. They are really sealed down tight. He agreed
that they will develop leaks sometime in the future if we didn't go up
and tar them every other year or so.
Not sure where you live, but if the roofer gets to the job on a cool
morning, and uses a reasonably sharp flatbar, the shingles will
separate pretty easily. Try not to rely on tar for the repair, because
the guy's right, tar requires more maintenance than a fix without the
goop would require. Tom
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