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Old 12-11-2013, 07:24 PM   #16
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Judging by the last picture, the nail placement may be too high; 5-3/4"----6-1/4" up from bottom of shingle, did you measure them?

The nail head size looks small in the picture, did you measure them?

" Fasteners must be driven flush with the surface of the shingle. Overdriving will damage the shingle. Raised fasteners will interfere with the sealing of the shingles and can back out"



IMHO, they appear to be set too deep for which there is no excuse as don't most roofing guns limit height of pin to set depth from a surface; hard or soft makes no difference? Either the depth adjustment wasn't set/working/missing with air pressure set too high.

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Gary, when the nails are placed high, they always go through the shingle since there is nothing,(the other shingle), below to give them the support and backing they need to do their job. Failure is a given.

reteng, I'm sorry for your loss and having to get it done again.

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All the BBB can do is write the guy a letter and ask them to fix it.
If he does not reply or come up with a solution a notation is made in there file that the public can see.
In VA if the person is licensed you can file a complaint with the board of contractors.
They have the power to pull there license if need be.
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Thanks, Tinner. I was referring to the 3rd picture down on the previous page of the nails showing proper spacing; going through on the top edge (not above- air nailing) of the under-lying shingle, as pictured in three different nails where shingle is missing... is that not correct?

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Gary, they were high enough to hit the void caused by the underlying ply of shingle they were supposed to catch. Then, too few nails overall added to the issue.
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My neighbor's dryer, plugged in, but not in use, no vent isses, self destructed and burnt his house recently. 90% loss.
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Is the BBB the place to go for a settlement?

I would think small claims court would be the proper spot---I don't think the BBB has any legal powers what so ever.
I agree with Mike. I'd contact the rep for GAF and see if they would come look at your roof and let you know if their product was installed per their instructions. After all they are the experts where their product is concerned.

Smalls claims court is where you'd want to go in my opinion (not a legal one). The BBB would only have a little pull if the previous "roofer" was a member of the BBB, otherwise their letter would have the same effect as one from myself.

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Okay, I'm back.

I'll try to address the questions added to this thread.

Yes the photos show the nails to high on the shingles. They also show nails missing. The finger you see in the photo is a roofer from a certified roofing company in Springfield that came out to fix this blow off. He is exposing the fact that the shingle below has no nails where it should. These photos were taken in the Spring of 2012.

As far as the nail heads being small, I think the nails are fine. Head diameter and length look okay. A lot of them were overdriven though. The nail heads that look small in the photo are overdriven.

There was a time that I thought I had a shingle sealing problem. I submitted a claim to GAF in which I had to send several shingles from this blow off along with photos. I wanted GAF to re-roof my house (real wishful thinking!) The roofers that took the photos for me that day provided me several shingles to choose from. I sent the best shingles I could find with nail closer to the nailing strip with the hope that they would give me a little slack in the nailing distance. This had been done in the past according to the certified installer that I talked too about the problem.

Well, as I expected, GAF denied the claim of course when they saw the photos. Here is something of interest to me at the time. The certified installer told me that every shingle has information in/on it to tell the manufacturer which batch it came from during the manufacturing process. The look at the batch information and check the history to see if there have been any complaints. They also claim to have done a laboratory analysis on the shingle (not sure I believe that).

As far as filing a claim in small claims court I think I'm SOL on that. Too much time has gone by. The shingles have been on my roof for 5 years 8 months now.

Here is why I went to BBB. I know the roofer has an "A" rating with the BBB. I want to expose him for what he is. A man with little integrity. I called him several times from the beginning of my problems but he would never answer his phone and wouldn't answer my voice mail messages. These blow off episodes have happened 2 or 3 times a year every year since the roof was installed. I have had 3 different roofing companies on the roof plus myself multiple times repairing blow offs.

I just found out the other day from the BBB that he is required to address the problem. This complaint, if he doesn't come forward, will go into mediation or arbitration, both are legally binding. I read that on BBB site. I didn't know about this when I filed the complaint. I'm trying to get my ducks in row just in case. That is why I asked the questions about the high nailing.

I have time against me, but I have photo evidence plus I can provide receipts from three different roofing companies that have repaired the roof. And I have a letter from GAF saying the shingles are nailed high.

In hindsight, I should have addressed this a long time ago, but I mistakenly thought the problem was spotty and once I fixed all of the problem areas I could live in peace. But they continue to show up 2 or 3 times a year when the wind blows hard enough to expose new problems. I don't like getting on the roof. Its steep and I don't feel comfortable doing it, although I'm the one who has gone up there more than anybody. I even purchased a foam wedge from a local roofing supply company to help me from slipping. Getting roofers out to my house is difficult after a storm. I'm 35 miles from Springfield and they like to stay close to home and serve there other customers before outlying areas. That's the way it seems to me anyway.

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All the BBB can do is write the guy a letter and ask them to fix it.
If he does not reply or come up with a solution a notation is made in there file that the public can see.
In VA if the person is licensed you can file a complaint with the board of contractors.
They have the power to pull there license if need be.
Not sure this roofer is even licensed. This is the ozarks! Real different down here. Did you see the movie "Winters Bone"? That was filmed not far from here. I'm from Kansas City where the roofers are probably all licensed and live by a set of rules. I'm a hands on type of guy and capable of repairing the roof if I had too. I can't do the entire re-roof job though. I told this roofer "he is a poor excuse for a contractor". That was by a phone text message one night after he refused to return my call. That got his attention and he called me immediately wanting to know who I am. He denied he put the roof on my house and I told him "I have proof". He gave me his email and I sent him his company invoice showing my address and 58 squares of shingles installed. He told me on the phone that if his company installed the shingles "he would see what he could do for me." I never heard from him again. I have email messages with attachments that I sent to him with the photos and GAF denial letter.

This guy doesn't even own a shop that I can find. His address is nothing more than a post office box at a Mailbox business in Springfield. He lives in a nice house in town in a purely residential area. Every search that I do just shows him as the owner of the company with 1 or 2 employees.
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IMHO, they appear to be set too deep for which there is no excuse as don't most roofing guns limit height of pin to set depth from a surface; hard or soft makes no difference? Either the depth adjustment wasn't set/working/missing with air pressure set too high.

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I have to admit that I've never used a roofing gun and I don't know how the adjustments work. I did know about setting the air pressure.
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I found another photo I took during another failure. I wish that I had taken photos every time, but when it's raining and blowing all you can think about is getting the problem solved asap.
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You put your life in God's hands going up on your roof like you have!!! One shingle lets loose and down you go. What a piss poor contractor……..couldn't even answer his phone to address the problem. He should be taken out and……_______ _______!!!
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You are witnessing a guy with too much time on his hands! I just keep posting...............

I want to vent about something. I tried to get good material from GAF about high nailing to use in case of arbitration. I sent an email to GAF Technical Service department explaining my problem and asking them the same two questions that I asked here.

Here is my email to them:

I have a GAF Timberline HD Prestique 30 roof on a home that was built in Spring 2008. The roof size is approximately 5800 square feet with 2000 square feet that is continually failing 2 to 3 times a year when the wind blows anywhere from 30 to 50 mph. Groups of shingles are lifting with some shingles eventually coming off the roof.

I submitted a claim to GAF in 2012 for shingle failure and the claim was denied because of improper installation. I am not disputing the denial of claim from GAF.

I do have a complaint with my local BBB against the roofer who has not been cooperative.

I do need some information from GAF to help me present my case if I have to go into arbitration.

The portion of my roof that continually fails is facing west. That means that it sees most of the higher wind speeds throughout the year. I have never had a problem with the roof sections that face north, east or south.

The portion of my roofing that fails was consistently nailed above the nailing strip. That means that a lot of shingles only have half of the required 8 nails they should have had.

Here is the heart of my questions:

1. If a shingle is nailed above the nailing strip and goes through one layer only of the laminated shingle, is it more likely that the shingle will have more difficulty sealing properly or not at all?

It is my reasoning that the nail would not pull the shingle down with the same force that it would have going through two layers of shingle, plus the fact that the shingle below is creating a void between the top shingle and the roof surface. When the nail is driven down it stretches/tears the shingle on the downhill side of the nail head. This would be similar with over-driving the nail. I hope this makes sense to who ever is reading this!


2. If the shingle is nailed above the nailing strip can normal winds eventually work the shingle enough to break the seal.

My thought about this situation is wind can work its way under any shingle and create an upward force even is a shingle has sealed properly. A buffeting action plus the pressure can cause the shingle to tear at the nail head which in turn could cause the seal to break and the shingle to lift.

If you have any information, that is, testing or field experience etc. that GAF has done in that area of installation that would help me please send it to me.

I will be grateful to have any definitive information about this. I'm just looking for factual information.

If "Technical Service" is unable to help me please direct me to someone that can. I am attaching information about my claim and photos.


I sent the same photos to them that I posted here.

Here is what I got back from GAF Technical Services

Dear Jim,

Timberline shingles nailed above the nail line will delaminate and the bottom part will slide off the roof whether it is sealed or not.


This is the best they can do??? Really? In fact it doesn't even make sense to me. If the bottom part of the shingle is sealed how can it slide off? In all of the failures I've had to date, none of the shingles have delaminated. Totally worthless information in my case.

This is why I ended up at this site.
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Was this an insurance job or a job paid out of pocket?
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Was this an insurance job or a job paid out of pocket?
This was a house that was totally rebuilt from the foundation up after being destroyed by a tornado. Insurance paid that cost.
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Well, if you have too much time on your hands, and you know he run's the business out of his house, you can picket him. You would want to check the local rules, bur here, if someone runs his business from his home, that is the same as picketing his office, which is legal. Set up an informational picket, print some handout's showing the problem, and stand in front of his house. When his neighbors stop to ask what is happening, just calmly explain what your complaint is and that he will not respond to your requests for repair.
I would call the local police first just to inform them of what your doing.

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