Nail pops are a normal part of home ownership and are especially common in newer homes. However, even older homes that are not settling can experience nail pops when a new roof is installed. They are simple to fix and not a sign of a poor roofing job.
When the putty over a nail is knocked loose, a nail pop can occur. The nail or the Sheetrock may shift, causing the pop and creating a minor flaw in the drywall. As homes settle after construction, nail pops are common.
What many people don’t realize is that nail pops can also occur as part of a roof restoration. The only way to install a new roof is to nail it into position on the roof deck. The regular pounding and hammering on the roof deck sends vibrations through the home, causing nail pops. After a roofing job is complete, take a walk through your home and check for nail pops. Fix them quickly to avoid further problems.
Even the most experienced roofers will cause nail pops when they are performing a full roof replacement. They are unavoidable and should not be cause for concern about the quality of the roofing job. Nail pops are not a sign of a poor roofing job. They are the inevitable result of a builder using nails instead of screws to secure Sheetrock inside the home.
Whether nail pops occur from settling or as a result of a roofing job, they should be repaired as soon as possible. Repairing them quickly will prevent the sheetrock from separating further from the studs and causing bigger problems. This is done at the homeowner’s expense. Homeowners can choose to hire a contractor to quickly and inexpensively fix any nail pops, or they can do the work themselves.
Fixing a nail pop is a simple process requiring only a few tools. The only tools required are a hammer, small putty knife, sandpaper and a small paint brush. Homeowners are typically instructed to simply hammer the nail back into position. The nail head is then hidden by smoothing fresh putty over the area, sanding it lightly after it dries, and touching up the paint. Nail pops are typically small enough that the entire area will not have to be repainted.