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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. What is roof pitch?

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

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

  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. What is the minimum pitch for a metal roof?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. What can I do to prevent roof leaks?

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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.

  1. Multiple-layer roof - A roof installed over an existing roof will have a shorter life.

  2. Quality of roof material - “Economy” roof materials have a shorter life.

  3. Installation - Sloppy or improper installation shortens roof life.

  4. Attic ventilation - An unventilated or poorly ventilated attic reduces roof lifespan.

  5. Trees near roof - Tree branches rubbing on a roof or the acidity from the accumulation of leaf debris on a roof shortens its life.

  6. Harsh climate - Severe weather, both harsh winters and hot summers, along with big temperature swings within a 24-hour period, also shorten lifespan because of the expansion and contraction of roof materials.

   To learn more about how to recognize when it’s time to replace your roof, go to our blog post “How can I tell if the house needs a new roof?”

   If you want to understand the difference between an “architectural” and a regular shingle roof, see our blog post “What's the difference between an "architectural" and a regular shingle roof?”

   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?”

  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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