Even the smallest details play a role in a roof's effectiveness and integrity. Shingles and flashing are among the most noticeable roofing materials, but roof nails often get overlooked—despite being just as important as more obvious elements. And since they can greatly differ in size, material, and length, using the wrong nails to secure certain areas can cause all kinds of problems down the road.
By Mark Soto
To get a firsthand account of what it's like to be a roofer, GAF spoke with Trenton Wisecup, president of Arrow Roofing Services in Michigan, and David Laurain, Arrow Roofing's vice president, to learn about their experiences in the roofing industry.
In March 2022, the first-ever roof constructed from shingles partly composed of recycled asphalt was installed on a Florida home. The groundbreaking shingles were developed by GAF using recycled asphalt shingle (RAS) technology and have received several recognitions. They were named by Popular Science as one of the Best of What's New for the Home, and by Fast Company as one of the "Next Big Things in Tech" in the "Sustainability" category, bringing "some welcome circularity to the roofing economy" by allowing new shingles to be made using material reclaimed from old ones.
As Erasmo "Mitos" Fuentes — GAF CARE Team Training Lead and highly respected "Maestro" of the roofing world — will warn rookies, errors during installation can have consequences later on in the life of the roofing system. Many are minor, like small leaks. Others, though, can be much more serious, such as major (and potentially catastrophic) cracks.