More blog posts about roofing:

  1. I’m buying a ‘50s house with a “gravel” roof. Is the roof going to be a problem.

  2. Should I buy a house that needs a new roof?

  3. What is the cost difference between asphalt shingle and metal roofing?

  4. What’s the difference between a roof inspection and a roofing estimate?

  5. What’s the difference between a gable roof and a hip roof?

  6. What is roof pitch?

  7. What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

  8. What are “shiners” and why did they make me lose my insurance discount?

  9. What are the most common problems with older houses?

  10. Why does my insurance company want a roof letter?

  11. I saw some staining on the ceiling. Do you think the roof is okay?

  12. What is a “cool roof”?

  13. How many layers of roofing are allowed on a home?

  14. Why is a popped nail in a shingle roof a problem? How do I fix it?


More blog posts on related subjects:

  1. How can I tell if a house has insulation?

  2. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  3. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  4. How do you determine when the house was built?

  5. How do I recognize serious structural problems in a house?

  6. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

  7. How difficult is it to change a window to french doors or a sliding glass door?

  8. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  9. The house has asbestos siding. What should I do?

  10. How do I get insurance if my home can’t pass a 4-point inspection?

  11. There’s an old fuel oil tank underground in the yard. Is it a problem?

  12. What is “knob and tube” wiring?

  13. Why do the floors slope in this old house?

  14. The garage has been converted to a family room. Is that alright?

  15. Why is creosote buildup in a chimney dangerous?

  16. What is the average lifespan of plywood siding?

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   Also, gutters need extensions to get the rain water at least four feet away from the house, and a splash block at the end. Otherwise, you end up with a concentration of water being dumped at the corners of the foundation.

    And be sure to get your gutter system installed by a licensed contractor. A semi-professional installation by a handyman can hand you a headache like the gutter shown below, which is set too low, secured to the fascia too far apart, inadequately sloped, and is pulling away from the mounting. A good portion of the rainwater falling off this roof is going behind the gutter.

   We sometimes get asked by homebuyers why brand-new luxury houses don’t have gutters. The answer is simple: any builder will tell you that no one ever walked away from a house because it didn’t have gutters. They are not something that is noticed, and it’s not possible for a builder to get boost in the sale price because of gutters, which typically cost $2,000 to $4,000.

   Although we highly recommend gutters for protecting your house investment, it may not be a great idea if you are planning on selling within a few years, because you will essentially give them away when you sell, and someone else will get the long-term reward for your investment.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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