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 put gutters on the house?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. How do I find out the age of a roof?

  14. What is a TPO roof?

  15. What is a “cool roof”?

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

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

  18. What is the difference between plywood and OSB roof sheathing?

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

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

  21. What is an H-clip?

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

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

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

  28. What can I do to prevent roof leaks?

  29. What is the difference between roll roofing and modified bitumen?

  30. What is a roofing boot?

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

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

  33. What are roofing purlins and battens?

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

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has to work with a rope and safety harness—slowing down the rate of the installation. However, a high-pitch roof tends to last longer, and small defects or areas of deterioration in a steep roof will not begin to leak as soon because the rain runs down the slope faster.

   Each roof material has minimum pitch recommended by the manufacturer. Most asphalt shingle roofs require a minimum 2-1/2” pitch and V-crimp metal roofs require a 4” pitch or more, for example. Conversely, tar-and-gravel roofs should not exceed about a 2” pitch.

   To learn more about how to recognize when it’s time to replace your roof, go to our blog: 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: What's the difference between an "architectural" and a regular shingle roof?

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

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

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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