How to Look

at a House


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to your questions about
HOME INSPECTION
and HOME MAINTENANCE


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 is the minimum pitch of an asphalt shingle roof?

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

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

  7. What is roof pitch?

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

  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. How can I be sure my roofing contractor got a permit?

  13. Does it cost more to roof a hip roof than a gable roof?

  14. What is an H-clip?

  15. If my roof is not leaking, why does it need to be replaced?

  16. What causes a lump or dip in the roof?

  17. What are the most common problems with wood roof trusses?

  18. What can I do to prevent roof leaks?

  19. What are the right words for talking about a roof?

  20. Why is there no attic access hatch in the house?

  21. What is an SPF roof?


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. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. What is the minimum pitch for a metal roof?

  13. What does “lack of tab adhesion” in an asphalt shingle roof mean?

  14. What are the roof sheathing requirements for a roof replacement in Florida?

  15. What is the difference between plywood and OSB?

  16. Is a ridge board/beam required for a roof framed with rafters?

  17. What are the different roof deck attachment discount categories for a wind mitigation inspection?

  18. What is the difference between roofing felt and synthetic underlayment?

  19. Why is it a mistake to replace and roof not replace its flashings?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   To figure out why your roof is leaking, go to our blog post “Why is my roof leaking?”

  For tips on how to extend the life of your roof, check out our blog post “How can I make my roof last longer?”


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. ©2015 - McGarry and Madsen Inspection.

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