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

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

  16. What is an H-clip?

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

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

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

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. What is the minimum pitch for a metal roof?

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

  15. What is a TPO roof?

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

  17. When did the first Florida Building Code (FBC) begin and become effective?

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

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

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

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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.

   After the roof is completed, we recommend that you require that the roofer give you a copy of the permit to keep that shows there was a final inspection approval by the local building department before making the last payment on the work. Occasionally, we inspect a roof that our research shows was permitted, but the final inspection was failed and no reinspection was scheduled by the roofer. Building departments normally do not chase down contractors and require them to close out permits before issuing new ones, so it’s up to you to make sure the roof passed a final inspection.

   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?”

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. ©2015 - McGarry and Madsen Inspection

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