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

  2. How can I make my roof last longer?

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

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

  8. What’s the difference between “composite” and regular wood siding?

  9. Should I buy a fixer-upper?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. What is a TPO roof?

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

  18. Can metal roofing be used on a slow slope/pitch roof?

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

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

  21. What is an H-clip?

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

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

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

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

  26. What is a “square” of roofing?

  27. Why are most house roofs slanted instead of flat?

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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.

   As the shingles become more brittle with age, any lifting of the leading edge by wind causes part of the shingle to snap off, exposing the nails below. Exposed nails holes are points that will leak.

   Also, when shingles are beginning to lose adhesion, the exposed edge can be lifted up by hand and it makes a soft tearing sound. As they totally lose adhesion, lifting makes no sound at all. Checking tab adhesion is one way that a home inspector evaluates the condition of a shingle roof.

   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 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?

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

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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