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

  11. What is a “cool roof”?

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

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

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

  15. What is the difference between plywood and OSB?

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

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

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

  19. What is an H-clip?

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

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

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

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

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

  25. What can I do to prevent roof leaks?

  26. 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. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  13. What is the difference between a clip, single wrap, and double wrap for the wind mitigation form?

  14. What is a “continuous load path”?

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

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

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

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

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

  20. What are roofing purlins and battens?

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   Although the condition of the roof is mainly a problem for someone buying a home and getting their initial insurance, occasionally companies request that long-term customers provide proof of the condition of their roof for renewal of the policy. Your agent may be able to find a company that will insure an older home without verification that the roof is in good condition. But the option is not always available and, when it is, the policy costs more.  Besides, if an insurance company does not want to take on the risk of your roof’s failure in the near future, why should you?
    The form that most inspectors in Florida use to report the condition of a roof is the Citizen’s Insurance “Roof Condition Certification Form,” shown below, which is commonly referred to as “Citizen’s Roof Letter.”

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