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My roofer drove nails through the drip edge. I can see the holes. He pulled the nails, will this cause water damage? Answered

Neither the ice barrier or the felt was brought down over the edge of the plywood on the rake edge of the house before the drip edge was installed. Will these punctures enable the water to get to the plywood and swell it or cause leaks? This was a re-roofing with a complete tear-off. These holes were in the over hang part of the drip edge, not where the drip edge was intended to be nailed to fasten it to the roof. You can see the holes from the ground. Thanks, Bill


Get the roofer back to fix it.

Photos would help.


Best Answer 7 years ago

It is a sign of very poor quality work, and the rest of the roofing job should be suspect. I'm not sure from your description, but the felt and/or ice and water shield, and shingles, should overlap (over the top of) the drip edge. If the felt and barrier do overlap the drip edge, and the holes are only in the rake, it probably won't leak, but it is a cosmetic defect, and proves careless work, so I would say that the rest of the job is likely crap.

"Neither the ice barrier or the felt was brought down over the edge of the plywood on the rake edge of the house before the drip edge was installed. Will these punctures enable the water to get to the plywood and swell it or cause leaks?"

On a sloped roof, the top of the drip edge should be installed under the last sheet of membrane. If the drip edge forms a continuous surface for water to run off from peak of house to gutter you should have no swelling or leaks. If there is a gap between the membrane and the drip edge where plywood is visible, then there's going to be problems.
For added measure you could apply membrane under the drip edge, but this seems redundant if the system was installed correctly.

As for seeing the nail holes from where the roofing was fastened, it's not uncommon to leave nails exposed to areas of roofing that are not intended to be viewed. If nails are a concern, trim nail ends, or install a soffit for a finished look.

I guess I didn't explain correctly. Let's say you were at the installing shingles stage of the job. You come to the last shingle at the drip edge on the rake end. You are suppose to place the last nail at or near one inch from the edge of the shingle. By doing so you have not driven the nail thru the plywood but missed it and put the nail thru the part of the drip edge that extends beyond the roof. Now when you look up at the drip edge from the ground, you see the nails coming thru. The ice shield and shingle extends about one half inch beyond the drip edge. You should not see the nails (holes because he pulled nails). Any future problems for me? I have included pictures of other areas of concern (none of the drip edge, sorry). It just seemed as though the roofer was inexperienced or just very sloppy and just did not care. We plan on putting house on the market in a year or so. Won't all these issues be red flags to the appraiser and buyer? More issues than photos, I am sorry to say. Vent pipe had a lot of tar around it that has since sagged exposing large hole...tar at chimney area that is very unsightly...concern that skylight will leak...looks like shingle edge was torn instead of cut when trimmed. It exposes ice shield, is that a problem? Tar is tracked over large area of roof. He has not been back to finish. He subbed it out and I think he was overwhelmed by job appearance. He did about half the job himself. I am holding about $1500 and a new, large air compressor, What should I do?

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Very bad job, as I said (and thanks for the "best". I can't quite tell what the lower right-hand photo is, but the other three are awful, with all three showing grossly improper (or non-existent) flashing (the skylight in particular) and misapplied field and cap shingles. Your roofer should be run out of town on a rail with a heavy coating of the tar he (or those working for him) slopped all over the place instead of doing the job right. Actually, I'd call the BBB and your local licensing body(s) and fill them in as well.

Any holes in surfaces should be filled. If not water, then boring (not dull, drilling) insects will use them.

I agree. Fill them with colored caulk if you can find it or clear silicone.

Better yet have the roofer install a new drip edge.