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Can Roofs Leak From Nail Pops?

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Nail pops are exposed nails that poke through shingles and they are the number one cause of roof leaks. It is not fully understood what makes some nails pop through shingles, but some occur because the nails are exposed to moisture, nails are placed between seams of roof decking, improper nailing sideways nailing, or old rotten decking wood that causes nails to pop. When a nail pops up, it can create a small hole or gap in the roofing material, such as shingles or underlayment. This opening allows water to penetrate through the roof, leading to leaks. The risk of leaks from nail pops is higher if they occur in areas where rain, snow, or other forms of precipitation are common. Repair nail pops as soon as possible to prevent water from entering under the roofing system and causing further damage.

Will Storm Damage Cause Roofs To Leak?

Storm damage roof

Yes, hail, heavy rain, strong winds, flying debris, and severe weather events can cause holes and craters in your shingles. If you experience a severe storm, it’s advisable to inspect your roof for any signs of damage as soon as it’s safe to do so. Look for missing or damaged shingles, visible cracks, or other indications of roof damage. If you suspect damage, it’s recommended to have a professional roofing inspection to assess the extent of the problem. If your roof is leaking due to storm damage, contact a roofing professional immediately, as it will need to be tarped or shrink-wrapped as quickly as possible. Insurance will typically pay for this since they want to protect the property from further water damage.

Does Hail Damage Cause a Roof to Leak?

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Yes, hail causes holes and craters in your shingles or knocks off granules or shingles, exposing roof felt and leading to leaks. Hailstones can vary in size, and larger hailstones can cause significant damage to roofing materials. Hail can also damage the flashing around chimneys, vents, and other roof penetrations. If the flashing is loosened or damaged, it can create entry points for water. If left unrepaired, water can spread throughout the roofing system and cause further damage. If you suspect hail damage, contact a roofing professional immediately to have your roof inspected and repaired with tarping or shrink-wrapping, if needed.