Is it Safe to Nail Something to Your Roof?

The holidays are fast approaching. If you’ve driven around, there are probably even some holiday lights around your neighborhood. Now you might be wondering if it is safe to nail something to your roof. We have answers.

Safe to Nail Your Roof

You don’t want to be ruining this expensive investment to your most expensive investment, and we don’t want to be dramatic here, but even putting just one nail into your roof, can compromise the entire roofing system.

When you put a nail into a shingle, it doesn’t stop right there, it goes right into the underlayment. The underlayment is what keeps the roof waterproof. When a hole is put into the underlayment, the waterproof part of the roof is compromised, which then allows water to penetrate the support system of the home, which can then put the whole structure at risk.

This is dangerous because it’s a small leak. Small leaks often go unnoticed until it’s a big problem. So yes, there can be mold and mildew which are obviously not good things. But if there is a small leak festering in your roof, and it isn’t noticed until it’s a big problem, then it’s a big problem! If you start noticing problems due to a small leak because of something like nailing holiday lights to your roof, it’s important that you contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible! In the worst possible scenarios a simple nailing of holiday lights can result in the need for a total roof replacement.

Yes, roofers use nails in the installation of a shingle roof, but they are trained, and they’re doing it in a proper way, the nails are also being covered after they’re nailed in.

Have your shingle roof inspected if you suspect that nails are an issue. Kirkey Roofing offers a full range of roof repair services and has been serving the Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Lakewood Ranch, and Bradenton areas for 70 years. Contact us today to learn more!

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