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Simpson Strong-Tie

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

  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 is the minimum pitch of an asphalt shingle roof?

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

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

  8. What is roof pitch?

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

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

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

  12. What is a “cool roof”?

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

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

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

  16. What is the difference between plywood and OSB?

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

  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 is an H-clip?

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

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. What is “knob and tube” wiring?

  11. Why do the floors slope in this old house?

  12. The garage has been converted to a family room. Is that alright?

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

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

  15. What is engineered wood siding?

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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.

    Both metal connector plates and structural wood panel sheathing are used in a wood stud-framed house to create a continuous load path. The illustration below shows examples of the typical metal connectors to create a secure load path from the base plate up to the roof trusses.
    A concrete block house utilizes concrete columns and concrete-filled cells with steel reinforcement running from the foundation/floor slab to the tie beam, then metal connectors to the wood components above it, to tie everything together. Constructing a continuous load path is a building code requirement.

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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