If you currently have a regular shingle roof, most  realtors we know recommend upgrading to architectural shingles when it’s time for a roof replacement, because of the all-important curb-appeal boost it gives an older home.


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

    Want to know the average lifespan of different roof materials? Go to our blog: What’s the average lifespan of a roof?

    If you want to know the signs that your roof is at the end of its life, visit our blog: How can I tell if the house needs a new roof?

   To learn about how an inspector evaluates a roof, check out our blog: What do you look for when you inspect a roof?

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  To read about issues related to homes of an specific era or type of house, visit one of these blog posts:

What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1950s house?

  1. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1960s home?

  2. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1970s home?

  3. What are the common problems to look for when buying a 1980s house?

  4. What problems should I look for when buying a country house or rural property?

  5. What problems should I look when when buying a house that has been moved?

  6. What problems should I look for when buying a house that has been vacant or abandoned?

  7. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  8. What should I look for when buying a “flipper” house?

  9. What should I look for when buying a former rental house?


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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Architectural Shingles

Regular  Shingles

Victorian Style Architectural Shingles


More Blogs on Similar Subjects:

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

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

  3. What is the minimum pitch of an asphalt shingle roof?

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

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

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

  7. We looked at the house carefully, and it seems alright. Do we really need a home inspection?

  8. What is roof pitch?

  9. Should I put gutters on the house?

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

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

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

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

  14. Why do my dormer windows leak?

  15. What is the difference between galvanized and galvalume metal roofing?

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

  17. What is an H-clip?

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

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

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

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

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

  23. Are roof trusses better than roof rafters (stick framing)?

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

  25. What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic?

  26. How can I tell if a roof has more than one layer of shingles?

  27. What is an SPF roof?

  28. What causes a sagging roof ridge line?

  29. What causes shingles to curl up at the corners?

  30. What causes shingles to buckle along a line on the roof?

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   Architectural shingles start with a heavier mat base, typically fiberglass that has been coated with asphalt. Multiple layers are then overlapped and laminated together to create the distinctive texture. The finished product weighs about 100-lbs. more per “square” (a roofer’s term for 100 square feet of roof area) than regular shingles. Builders also like them because minor imperfections in the roof deck are concealed by the texture.

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