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June 26, 2024

How to Fix Nail Pops on Your Roof

Roofing Nail Pops

At Up Top Exteriors, we know a secure roof is essential for a safe and comfortable home. One common issue that can compromise your roof's integrity is nail pops – those pesky raised nail heads pushing through your shingles. We want to share the knowledge and steps to tackle nail pops and ensure your roof stays in tip-top shape.

Understanding Nail Pops: Why Do They Happen?

Nail pops occur when the nails securing your shingles loosen and push upwards. This can happen for several reasons:

  • Natural Movement: Over time, your roof expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations. This constant movement can cause nails to loosen from their original positions.
  • Improper Installation: If nails were not driven deep enough during roof installation, they may not have a strong enough grip, making them more prone to popping.
  • Moisture Issues: Moisture trapped underneath the shingles can cause the wooden roof sheathing to shrink, creating gaps around the nails and allowing them to loosen.

Should You Be Worried About Nail Pops?

A single nail pop might not be a cause for immediate alarm. However, multiple pops, especially if accompanied by curling or cracked shingles, indicate a potential problem requiring attention. Left unaddressed, nail pops can lead to:

  • Water Leaks: Loose shingles around popped nails create openings for rainwater to seep through, potentially damaging your roof deck and interior ceilings.
  • Reduced Curb Appeal: A roof riddled with nail pops detracts from your home's overall aesthetic value.

Fixing Nail Pops: A DIY Project or Pro Job?

The decision to tackle nail pops yourself depends on your comfort level and the severity of the problem. Here's a breakdown to help you decide:

  • For a Few Pops: If you're handy and have the necessary tools, fixing a few isolated nail pops can be a manageable DIY project.
  • Extensive Nail Pops: If your roof has numerous nail pops, especially accompanied by damaged shingles, it's best to call in a professional roofing contractor like Up Top Exteriors. We have the expertise and experience to diagnose the root cause and implement a lasting solution.

DIY Nail Pop Repair: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tools you'll need:

  • Hammer
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Roofing nails (2-3 inches longer than the original nails)
  • Roof sealant
  • Safety glasses and gloves


  1. Safety First: Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself from falling debris and sharp edges.
  2. Identify the Cause: Look for any underlying issues like moisture buildup or improper ventilation. Address these concerns before fixing the nail pops.
  3. Pry Up the Shingle: Carefully use the flathead screwdriver to pry up the shingle just enough to expose the popped nail.
  4. Remove the Old Nail: Using the hammer, carefully remove the old, popped nail.
  5. Drive in the New Nail: Select a new nail 2-3 inches longer than the original one. Hammer the new nail through the shingle and into the roof sheathing, ensuring it's secure but not overdriven.
  6. Re-seal the Shingle: Apply a generous amount of roof sealant around the base of the new nail where it penetrates the shingle.
  7. Repeat for Other Pops: Repeat steps 3-6 for other nail pops on your roof.

Remember: Safety is important. If you're unsure about any step or feel uncomfortable working on your roof, don't hesitate to contact Up Top Exteriors for a professional assessment and repair.

Up Top Exteriors: Your Reliable Roofing Partner

At Up Top Exteriors, we understand the importance of a healthy roof. Our experienced and certified roofing technicians can effectively diagnose and address nail pops, ensuring your roof remains secure and weatherproof for years to come. Contact us today for a free roof inspection and quote. We'll help you keep your home safe and sound, one nail pop at a time!

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